Money where your mouth is, gov­ern­ment

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THE Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (QFF) has con­di­tion­ally wel­comed the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment of a fur­ther $90 mil­lion over four years to im­ple­ment 10 rec­om­men­da­tions from the Great Bar­rier Reef (GBR) Wa­ter Science Task­force re­port.

The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment also re­leased a re­port on the costs of achiev­ing the wa­ter qual­ity tar­gets for the GBR by 2025, which out­lined the true price tag at $8.2 bil­lion.

This is con­trary to an ear­lier re­ported fig­ure of $16 bil­lion which did not take into ac­count progress al­ready made.

QFF pres­i­dent Stu­art Armitage stated it was frus­trat­ing the gov­ern­ment had not put its money where its mouth is on the is­sue.

“The Queens­land agri­cul­ture sec­tor ac­knowl­edge and ac­cept the sig­nif­i­cant role it has to play in the reef re­cov­ery ef­fort,” he said.

“De­liv­er­ing the level of pol­lu­tant re­duc­tion out­lined in the re­port is an am­bi­tious, chal­leng­ing and ex­pen­sive task. Re­sourc­ing long-term reef man­age­ment will re­quire eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity by all lev­els of gov­ern­ment, reef-as­so­ci­ated in­dus­tries and coastal com­mu­ni­ties.”

MORESUPPORT: QFF pres­i­dent Stu­art Armitage said a col­lec­tive ap­proach was needed to re­duce pol­lu­tants to the reef.

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