Vote for the reef

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

RE­SEARCH re­leased to­day by The Aus­tralia In­sti­tute es­ti­mates the tourism in­dus­try im­pacts if se­vere co­ral bleach­ing con­tin­ues on the Great Bar­rier Reef.

Based on sur­veys of Chi­nese, UK, Amer­i­can and do­mes­tic tourists, re­sults show that tourism ar­eas ad­ja­cent to the Great Bar­rier Reef risk los­ing over one mil­lion visi­tors per year, worth over $1 bil­lion in tourism ex­pen­di­ture.

This ex­pen­di­ture sup­ports around 10,000 tourism jobs in re­gional Queens­land, which are also con­sid­ered at risk.

An­other re­port by Wood Macken­zie found one third of Queens­land coal mines run­ning at a loss and more than half of those pro­duc­ing ther­mal coal for power sta­tions in that same po­si­tion.

Queens­land vot­ers should re­alise, now is not the time to be ex­pand­ing the coal in­dus­try.

Check out your Fight for the reef Vote score­card on­line or at your polling booth. Eric Oliver Brandy Creek

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