Sunday , October 2 2022

Great Barrier Reef to be protected with new Dry Tropics waterway partnerships


The health of Townsvilles rivers and wetlands will be subject to a new annual report card designed to identify "priority areas" for improvement.

The state has committed $ 520.00 over two years to a new Dry Tropics Partnership for Health Waters, announced by Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Minister Leeanne Enoch in Townsville on Tuesday.

"The new Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters brings together governments, local representatives of society, traditional owners, farmers, researchers, tourism operators and others to improve the health of local waterways flowing into the Great Barrier Reef," says Enoch.

"Our government is heading the way to address the two biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef – climate change and poor water quality."

media_cameraThe new Dry Tropics partnership will develop a health report on key waterways around Townsville.

The chairman of the new partnership Di Tarte said that the new report card would make progress towards improving the waterways of Dry Tropics.

"By providing detailed information on local waterways, we can identify the priority areas where we must take action and engage society in change," said Ms Tarte.

"Our pilot report card is expected to be released in April next year."

media_cameraTownsville MP Scott Stewart, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, Patrick Faber, Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch and Thurwingowa MP Aaron Harper discuss health at the Great Barrier Reef in Townsville.

During his visit to Townsville, Mrs Enoch also visited Deputy Prime Minister Belize, Patrick Faber, to discuss the challenges of managing World Heritage List.

"The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, and the Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest reef system," said Enoch Enoch.

"We share with the Belize government a desire to minimize climate impact and ensure that the Great Barrier Reef and Belize Barrier Reef System are protected for future generations.

"Recently removed from the World Heritage List list, the Belize population has also taken extraordinary steps to improve and protect their reefs."

media_cameraGreat Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage List. Photo: Gregg Maxwell

Enoch also announced that former US Vice President Al Gore would visit Queensland to run a leadership development for climate change next year.

More than 1,000 people from all over Australia and the Pacific are expected to participate in the three-day event run by the Climate Reality Project in Brisbane.

"I spoke to Al Gore when I attended the Climate Change Summit in September and invited him to bring himself and the Climate Reality to Queensland project," said Enoch Enoch.

media_cameraAl Gore with Leeanne Enoch at the global climate target summit. Picture: Delivered Facebook

"This great event will provide skills for companies and community leaders to influence society to take action against climate change.

"Climate change is a fundamental challenge for our planet today and it is important that we join urgent and strong measures to reduce our carbon dioxide pollution."

Originally published as $ 520k boost to Reef Protection in Townsville

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