Money where your mouth is, government
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.