The recent news that the federal government has approved a coal port expansion and dredging at Abbot Point in northern Queensland, has raised questions and concerns for the future of the Great Barrier Reef.
SkyNEWS reports the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is yet to approve a permit to allow dredged spoils to be released into the waters. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Queensland Government have also released a draft strategic assessment and program reports on the future management of the Great Barrier Reef. The strategic assessment and reports are now open for public feedback with Reef Have Your Say, where individuals are given the opportunity to voice their opinions on the future of management of this World Heritage listed site.
The strategic assessment is the largest ever done in Australia and includes two components; Marine and Coastal, with GBRMPA leading marine research and the Queensland Government completing the assessment on the coastal zone surrounding the reef by looking at coastal management, planning and development framework.
The public consultation will be reviewed for the final strategic assessment reports for consideration by the Australian Minister for the Environment, and in 2015, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
To have your say on the future of the Great Barrier Reef you simply need to complete an online survey or make a written submission, via email or post.
Don’t miss your chance, consultation closes on 31 January 2014.
For full details on Reef Have Your Say and how you can submit your views visit the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Website today.