The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is an integral part of the Queensland economy and one of our tourism powerhouses. Unfortunately, the Reef is being tested. The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019 found that the Reef’s rating was deteriorating from poor to very poor, largely attributable to the impacts of climate change and land-based run-off. The report states that the progress to improve water quality is too slow, a factor caused by the lag between action and results.
We need to tackle the whole problem – now – and our councils are a willing group, ready and able to act – now.
Reef councils play an important role and invest significantly in maintaining and improving management of activities in the catchment affecting the GBR. The Local Government Association of Queensland, on behalf of Reef councils and their communities, has sought funding for the Reef Councils’ Rescue Plan, a suite of practical initiatives that empowers Reef councils to accelerate their efforts to improve water quality flowing to the Reef.
The Reef Councils’ Rescue Plan is a two-phase plan that will overcome existing barriers to create a better ‘business as usual’ for Reef councils and their communities, and deliver lasting benefits to the Reef through three initiatives. They are:
The Cleaner Wastewater Initiative initial investigation was funded by the Office of the Great Barrier Reef in 2019-2020.
The Local Government Challenge: