News

Response to recommendations on protecting reef a 'fail'

Senator Larissa Waters said both the state and federal governments deserved a "fail mark" on the response to the committee's recommendations for action to be taken to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
Senator Larissa Waters said both the state and federal governments deserved a "fail mark" on the response to the committee's recommendations for action to be taken to help protect the Great Barrier Reef. Contributed

THE risk of the Great Barrier Reef being put on the United Nations World Heritage in danger list is real, environmentalists a Queensland Greens Senator said on Thursday.

On Friday, the Federal Government will report to UNESCO on the progress of implementing several of the World Heritage Committee's recommendations about the reef.

The committee expressed its extreme concern about the protection of the reef last year after a monitoring mission to Australia, recommending key actions be taken.

Among the recommendations were for a strategic assessment of the reef, an independent study into Gladstone Harbour water quality management and no new ports be developed outside of existing port areas.

But Senator Larissa Waters said both the state and federal governments deserved a "fail mark" on the response to the committee's recommendations.

"Despite the clear warning from UNESCO in June 2012 that Australia could become the only developed nation with a World Heritage site on the In Danger list, key UNESCO recommendations have been ignored," she said.

"The Government hasn't pushed pause on new or expanded coal and gas ports, hasn't declared pristine Port Alma and its indigenous dolphins off-limits and hasn't done independent studies into the Gladstone Harbour fish and wildlife disease disaster."

While the independent study into the management of Gladstone Harbour water quality has not yet begun, the state and federal government have made progress on the other recommendations.

But neither the study at Gladstone nor the strategic assessment will be completed before the committee meets in June to determine whether or not the reef should be placed on the "in danger list".

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke was approached for comment for this story, but no response was received by deadline.

Topics:  gladstone harbour, great barrier reef, larissa waters, tony burke, unesco, united nations, world heritage




Check out this memorable gift for Ipswich

Ipswich and District Athletic Club runners Nicholas Grant and Larissa Chambers after winning the latest Ipswich Gift races.

Winning sprint double in handicap races

Park named in honour of one-punch victim

IN MEMORY: A Goodna park has been named in honour of fatal assault victim Lindsay Ede.

Goodna park officially renamed Lindsay Ede Memorial Reserve

Is a serial tree poisoner at large in Ipswich?

TIMBER!: Tree loppers begin to remove six ornamental Ficus microcarpa trees at Queens Park in the interest of public safety.

Historic trees come tumbling down in Queens Park

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich people love heritage

'It's a great vote of confidence for a program that was launched in 1992 and has since provided thousands of property owners with heritage conservation'


What's on this week

GRAB A BARGAIN: The Cameron Park Market is held on the first Saturday of every month.

Five things to do in Ipswich

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Mick Jagger to pay £2.5m to the woman carrying his baby

Mick Jagger is reportedly paying millions to pregnant ballerina

Navy man Keller ready to marry a perfect stranger

Former Navy engineer Keller is a participant in season three of Married At First Sight.

Tattoos are just the surface of Married At First Sight groom.

Ozzy cheated with 5 women in 5 countries: Sharon

Sharon Osbourne claims her husband Ozzy has cheated on her

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa