Wa­ter qual­ity in need of boost

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WITH the Whit­sun­days and Cairns re­ceiv­ing roughly the same amount of tourist visi­ta­tion for the 2013-14 fi­nan­cial year and the trend set to con­tinue or in­crease, Whit­sun­day Char­ter Boat In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Tony Brown said it was time for the Whit­sun­days to re­ceive its fair share of wa­ter qual­ity im­prove­ment fund­ing.

Cit­ing Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics data, Mr Brown said the Whit­sun­days had seen a 45% de­crease in wa­ter qual­ity over the last decade.

“Roughly 65% of (wa­ter qual­ity im­prove­ment) fund­ing has gone north of Townsville,” Mr Brown said.

“We’re pretty much even in the num­ber of vis­i­ta­tions to Cairns for (the 2013/14 fi­nan­cial year) and we sus­pect we’ll be pretty much on track to be equal to Cairns in this next fi­nan­cial year end­ing this June.

“So if we’ve pro­vided that much re­turn to the econ­omy, it’s re­ally im­por­tant that our wa­ter qual­ity gets suf­fi­cient fund­ing to re­ally ad­dress the prob­lems (here).”

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