An independent review panel has been granted more time to assess the health of Gladstone Harbour and the impact of port developments on the Great Barrier Reef.
The United Nation’s environment arm was highly critical of Australia’s management of the reef in a report last year and requested a review of the harbour.
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke commissioned an independent review in February and a report was due to be handed down on Sunday.
However, a spokeswoman for Mr Burke says the panel asked for, and has been granted, more time to complete the report.
She says there’s no new deadline but the report is expected to be handed down soon.
The review will look at current and future port developments, including large liquified natural gas plants on Curtis Island, and the impact it’s having on the local environment and the reef’s health.
Concerns have also been raised by commercial fishers about the health of fish within the port and the loss of seagrass.