Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Great Barrier Reef in danger from new mega-ports

Queensland Government ignores UNESCO on Great Barrier Reef
November 2012. Australia's snubfin dolphin and other marine life face new threats to survival after the Queensland Government revealed draft plans for massive industrial development along the Great Barrier Reef coast.
WWF-Australia have expressed alarm over the Queensland Government's draft plans to open up sites up and down the Queensland coast to huge new port developments and said the strategy pushed the Great Barrier Reef one step closer to being listed on UNESCO's ‘World Heritage in Danger' list.

"Earlier this year, UNESCO delivered a ‘show cause' notice to the Australian and Queensland Governments and requested that no new port development or associated infrastructure outside of the existing and long-established major port areas be permitted," said WWF spokesperson Richard Leck.


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