The proposed CHINALCO-CHALCO aluminum refinery was proposed on a narrow coastal plain at Abbot Point north of Bowen.
The plant was calculated to process 3.5 million tonnes a year and produce 2.63 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually. PLUS some 49.7 million tonnes a year of carbon emissions from the coal-fired electricity needed for the alumina production.
Its public money subsidies would have meant a very high and unnecessary regressive tax bill for Australians. These costs do not include the indirect environmental costs to the adjacent nationally listed Caley Valley Abbot Point Wetlands and the Great Barrier Reef offshore. This campaign was run by the Mackay Conservation Group and Bowen Residents, supported by SOF