Fo­cus on wa­ter in Reef RIS

The Cairns Post - - NEWS -

NORTH Queens­land Con­ser­va­tion Coun­cil co-or­di­na­tor Rus­sell Kelly has wel­comed the State Govern­ment’s draft blue­print aimed at im­prov­ing wa­ter qual­ity pro­tec­tions for the Great Bar­rier Reef.

Open to the com­mu­nity for feed­back un­til Novem­ber 3, the Con­sul­ta­tion Reg­u­la­tory Im­pact State­ment (RIS) aims at broad­en­ing and en­hanc­ing reef pro­tec­tion reg­u­la­tions.

Mr Kelly said the new reg­u­la­tory frame­work was a pos­i­tive for the Reef and pos­i­tive for farm­ers.

“It al­lows govern­ment to en­sure that out­dated man­age­ment prac­tices are phased out.

“Many farm­ers are do­ing the right thing and us­ing best prac­tice, and th­ese reg­u­la­tions will pro­vide only min­i­mum stan­dards and in most cases pro­vide ben­e­fits to the farmer,” he said.

“Wa­ter qual­ity tar­gets at the catch­ment scale and based on sci­en­tific as­sess­ments of the rel­a­tive con­tri­bu­tions of th­ese catch­ments to wa­ter qual­ity in the Reef, will help guide in­vest­ment in man­age­ment.”

For more details on the pro­posed reef pro­tec­tion reg­u­la­tions, visit get­involved.qld.­sul­ta­tion/4450/ view.html

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