Reef report released
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.”