Friday, 28 November 2014

Queensland Government jeopardises future of Barrier Reef

Australia’s Queensland state government is jeopardising The Great Barrier Reef with its decision to push ahead with damaging legislation WWF-Australia warns.

This new legislation includes the removal of the need for the ecological sustainable allocation of water across all Reef catchments from the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Bill. This removed the need for the ecological sustainable allocation of water across all Reef catchments.

“Why remove such a safeguard?” said WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman. “Ecological sustainability means ensuring environmental, social and economic goals are met and is part of good governance.” 

“Put together with the opportunity for large-scale land clearing which the government also legalised last year, we run the risk of a huge spike in farm chemical pollution washing into reef waters – a result the Government does not dispute as one of the major causes of coral loss.” 

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