Let’s make the reef greater
THE Chamber of Commerce organised a meet the candidates night on June 21 and it was really rewarding to see so many community members in attendance as well as having six candidates spell out their vision for our region.
Of critical and overwhelming importance was how our community and jobs are interwoven with the reef and a clear recognition across all the candidates present was the importance of ongoing reef management and reef protection measures.
What was insightful was one of the candidates recognising not only the reef and water quality being of impor- tance to our major industry, tourism.
He went on to say it was also about the public perceptions outside our region being influenced by constant negative media and the rhetoric that ramps up in the lead up to an election, which uses the reef as a political play-thing, often with little regard to the true state of the reef and the impacts damaging publicity can have on our job-creating industries.
A positive message to come from the night was a message from one candidate that investment in the reef was an investment not about saving the Great Barrier Reef but an investment in actually making the Great Barrier Reef, even greater.
While the Chamber of Commerce is not about to support any individual candidates it can certainly support this particular message.
Well said that man!