Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE UNESCO del­e­ga­tion which is threat­en­ing to de­clare the Great Bar­rier ‘‘at-risk’’ should spend less time sludg­ing through the chan­nel in Glad­stone and more ef­fort try­ing to get a true pic­ture on the health of one of the world’s great nat­u­ral won­ders.

As any­one who spends time on the amaz­ing reef sys­tems off Port Dou­glas and the Dain­tree will tell you, the Great Bar­rier Reef in this neck of the woods has never been in bet­ter shape.

Even the whales have worked this out and are com­ing our way in greater num­bers ev­ery win­ter.

The UNESCO claims seem to be more about po­lit­i­cal point-scor­ing than sci­en­tific re­search and if those face­less peo­ple be­hind them don’t have any­thing in­tel­li­gent to say, they should just shut up.

The same rea­son­ing ap­plies to politi­cians - and news­pa­per edi­tors.

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