$33 mil for GBR wa­ter qual­ity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Daniel Bate­man

EN­VI­RON­MENT man­agers will re­ceive $33 mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment to im­prove Great Barrier Reef wa­ter qual­ity — but they don’t yet know how they will spend the money.

Nat­u­ral Re­source Man­age­ment (NRM) or­gan­i­sa­tions will co-or­di­nate the new funds to de­liver on ground pol­lu­tion re­duc­tion in the Wet Trop­ics and Bur­dekin re­gions.

They have been tasked with de­sign­ing ma­jor in­te­grated projects in the re­gion over four years.

Ter­rain NRM chief ex­ec­u­tive Carole Sweat­man said the projects were a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity for col­lab­o­ra­tion across north­ern Queens­land.

But when asked what projects would be rolled out, she said it would be up to a con­sor­tium of more than 40 part­ners to de­cide that over the next six months.

“This could be ev­ery­thing from tra­di­tional grants through to on­go­ing ex­ten­sion, which are ob­vi­ously al­ways im­por­tant,” she said.

She said what­ever projects were to be im­ple­mented would hope­fully re­duce the amount of run-off reach­ing the Reef and im­prove wa­ter qual­ity. ONCE more the drums are beat­ing with tales tall and true of life in the balmy trop­ics . . .

An­gelo Puglisi has been awarded the Moss­man state High School Peace Prize. Pic­tured here with Fa­ther Ken­neth Lay

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