Reef re­port re­leased

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE Aus­tralian and Queensland gov­ern­ments re­leased the first Reef 2050 Plan an­nual re­port yes­ter­day claim­ing good progress has been made to­wards pro­tect­ing the Great Bar­rier Reef.

In a joint state­ment, the Fed­eral and Queensland min­is­ters for the en­vi­ron­ment said the re­port shows the Aus­tralian and Queensland gov­ern­ments’ $2 bil­lion in­vest­ment through the Reef 2050 Plan is achiev­ing re­sults and is im­prov­ing the health of the Great Bar­rier Reef.

“What the an­nual re­port shows is that we are on track to de­liver on our com­mit­ments,” the state­ment said.

“Since the plan was re­leased in March 2015, we’ve al­ready com­pleted 29 of the plan’s 151 ac­tions and a fur­ther 102 are un­der way as of 30 June 2016.”

How­ever, the Aus­tralian Ma­rine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety said the re­port shows some steps for­ward have been taken for the reef, but not nearly enough to en­sure the nat­u­ral icon’s fu­ture.

“The Reef 2050 progress re­port should act as an ur­gent wake up call that more must be done to pro­tect our reef and the 69,000 tourism jobs that de­pend on it,” spokesper­son Cherry Mud­dle said.

“While there has been some ac­tion taken, the re­port fails to ad­e­quately ad­dress two ma­jor com­mit­ments on tree pro­tec­tion leg­is­la­tion and in­vest­ment to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity and pro­tect the reef.”

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