Ad­vance Cairns tack­les reef claim

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE head of the Far North’s peak eco­nomic body has re­jected claims the re­gion will suf­fer a $1 bil­lion down­turn if co­ral bleach­ing con­tin­ues on the Great Bar­rier Reef.

Ad­vance Cairns CEO Kevin Byrne de­scribed the Cli­mate Coun­cil’s re­port as an “overex­ag­ger­a­tion” of the state of the nat­u­ral as­set.

“We won’t take a hit in the econ­omy from the cur­rent bleach­ing,” he said. He called upon the Great Bar­rier Reef Marine Park Au­thor­ity and tour op­er­a­tors to help counter neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity from “dooms­day the­o­rists” about the state of the Reef.

“We need to re­spond to these dooms­day the­o­rists with a ro­bust cam­paign of pos­i­tive news,” he said.

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