According to the QLD Government, there are only two weeks remaining to have your say in the future strategy for the Great Barrier Reef.
The Queensland Government has been creating a Strategic Assessment to ensure the Great Barrier Reef remains one of the best managed, and well-preserved reef systems in the world.
The Great Barrier Reef, a world heritage site, has become a highway for 7,000 ships passing through, in recent years. It is also under threats from large ports, dredging and dumping on the reef and along the coastline.
As well as being a natural wonder, the reef also supports 60,000 local jobs and a $6 billion tourism industry.
There has been controversy that the QLD Government is focused more on the economical aspect of the debate, rather than the environmental.
Since the assessment opened for debate last November, more than 5,000 Queensland locals have viewed and discussed the strategy.
Acting Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Ian Walker, says that the Government is committed to preserving the unique reef for generations to come.
“The draft Strategic Assessment considers these values, how they are protected now and how they can be preserved into the future through sustainable development of the coastal zone,” says Walker.
“There are two parts to the comprehensive strategic assessment – a marine component and a coastal zone component.
The coastal aspect is being handled by the QLD Government, while the marine component is managed by the Federal Government.
The two-component strategy has been discussed in regional briefings across the state over the last few months.
“Sessions were conducted in Airlie Beach, Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone with 250 community members and stakeholder representatives attending.”
The Queensland Ports Strategy is also being considered in the process.
Strategy debate is open until 31 January and locals are being invited to make submissions.
Have your say in the fight for the Great Barrier Reef’s future via this link.