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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
30 September 2005
The Great Barrier Reef is being better managed and protected thanks to the Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan, the Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.
The Reef Plan – a partnership between the Australian and Queensland Governments and industry and community groups – was launched in December 2003. The plan addresses the need to reduce pollutants entering the Reef through an integrated natural resource management approach.
Senator Campbell said the second annual report for the Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan would be released today.
“In 2004–05 we have undertaken significant action to protect the reef. This includes establishing a water quality monitoring plan for the Reef, funding water quality improvement plans in catchments and helping landholders to identity and address environmental risks,” Senator Campbell said.
“This report demonstrates the progress and major investments governments, industry and the community have made to protect and conserve the Great Barrier Reef.
“Reef health is also being addressed through the National Action Plan for Water Quality and Salinity and the Queensland Wetlands Programme.
“The Reef is a nationally and internationally significant icon with outstanding natural, social and economic values.
“It is vitally important that we continue to act to preserve the Reef for future generations,” he said.
The Reef Plan annual report is available at: http://www.deh.gov.au/coasts/index.html
Renae Stoikos (Minister Campbell) (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434