Our Great Bar­rier Reef needs our help, now

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT - Noel Thomp­son

I HAVE no­ticed that it has been hot this week and I am led to be­lieve that, that was just a taste of things to come.

It’s been 10 de­grees above nor­mal this week and peo­ple are still chal­leng­ing the sci­ence of cli­mate change.

Ev­ery­one who has ever vis­ited the Great Bar­rier Reef would know how frag­ile this en­vi­ron­ment is and how small rises in tem­per­a­ture may af­fect it. The gov­ern­ment has re­leased Reef 2050, their plan for how they’re go­ing to look after our Great Bar­rier Reef. Pub­lic sub­mis­sions to Reef 2050 were open for just four days.

Fi­nally, we had a chance to have our say on the fu­ture of the reef but un­for­tu­nately we have missed it. We all know that our reef is suf­fer­ing from poor wa­ter qual­ity and port ex­pan­sion plans that will see mil­lions of tons of dredg­ing in its wa­ters. The reef needs a bold plan, and Reef 2050 sim­ply isn’t it. If you know how im­por­tant the fu­ture of the reef is to you and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions con­tact our lo­cal mem­ber and ask him to pro­tect our Great Bar­rier Reef. If we pro­tect it now it will be here for our chil­dren’s chil­dren and their chil­dren’s chil­dren, if we don’t it will be gone for­ever.

If you have never seen it, go and have a look, then pro­tect it.

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