Focus on water in Reef RIS
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“It allows government to ensure that outdated management practices are phased out.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. gov.au/gi/consultation/4450/ view.html