Greens Senator Larissa Waters says there is a high level of concern among the Capricorn Coast community in central Queensland about plans to "industrialise" the Great Barrier Reef.
Ms Waters held a public meeting last night in Yeppoon, north of Rockhampton, about the future of the reef and will meet fishermen and local businesses in Gladstone tonight.
She says several coal port projects are proposed in the Fitzroy and Keppel Bay area and the community is strongly opposed to the plans.
"They're worried about all the dredging impact on the local environment," she said.
"They're worried about the turtle rookery and the snubfin dolphin and worried about their own health with these coal dust concerns.
"People are worried that the Government doesn't seem to be listening to the people's concerns about the future of the reef."