Reef survey launched
MEMBERS of the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) hit the streets of Airlie Beach on Saturday to see what local residents identified as the biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef.
AMCS regional campaigner Cherry Muddle said people were asked a number of questions enabling them to rank the importance of various threats to the reef.
“Within ten days Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt is expected to make a decision on three million cubic metres of dumping and dredging in the reef’s waters off Abbot Point,” she said.
“We already know that 82 per cent of Australians want dredge spoil dumping banned in the Great Barrier Reef but we feel it’s important to know what reef communities feel about the Abbot Point proposal.”
Ms Muddle said thanks to “an amazing group of volunteers” AMCS had already surveyed 150 people and hoped to reach their goal of 400 people by the end of next weekend.
“So far, we’ve had a groundswell of support from individuals and businesses for protecting the reef – the response has been positive,” she said.
“Most people are happy to spare a few minutes to have their say on the Great Barrier Reef.”
AMCS volunteers will continue to be out and about with the survey for the next week. It can also be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P7FB3DN.
Meanwhile members of the recently formed Businesses United for Reef Protection group are now also awaiting news on the proposal for relocating dredge spoil from Abbot Point.
The environment minister is due to make a decision by next Friday, December 13.
REEF RESCUE: Australian Marine Conservation Society member Cherry Muddle talks about the reef survey with local resident Paul Jukes at the Airlie Beach Markets on Saturday.