What we can do to maximise our reef
THE reef has been a touchy subject for some time in the Whitsundays.
And there’s no denying things got worse with Cyclone Debbie.
Prior to the cyclone, we had our challenges.
Water quality has been an ongoing issue and the juxtaposition of a mega mine and coal port with a tourism industry reliant on the reef has been a difficult pill for many people to swallow.
Add to that the stresses of global warming and the horror stories we were hearing from our northern neighbours about coral bleaching and we already had our hands full protecting what, here at least, was still pristine in so many sites.
Yes, Cyclone Debbie paid us more than a visit and changed all that.
But I don’t think any of us should lose hope.
There are plenty of things we can do to help the reef on both a local and global scale and we should all be doing them.
And there are also opportunities we can take from this.
They say every cloud has a silver lining and developing eco and education tourism products from the disaster that was Debbie might just be ours.
I have no doubt people from across the world would come here and pay for the privilege of fixing our reef.