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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
19 February 2005
The Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan is delivering positive results for the conservation and protection of the reef, according to the plan's first annual report, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said today.
"This annual report demonstrates both the Australian and Queensland Governments' commitment to protecting this international treasure for future generations," Senator Campbell said.
The Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (Reef Plan) is a joint initiative by the two governments to halt and reverse the decline in water quality entering the reef.
The plan aims to cut pollutants from land (sediment, nutrients and contaminants) entering the reef within 10 years while rehabilitating and conserving the reef's wetlands, riparian zones and floodplain areas.
Launched in December 2003, the plan is a collaborative effort involving the Australian and Queensland Governments, industry and the community.
The report notes that the Australian Government has already provided or committed:
The Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan Annual Report can be found at http://deh.gov.au/coasts/publications/annual-report/index.html
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos on 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434