Calls for Great Barrier Reef report card release

IT could have been a significant day for the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef yesterday; but the long awaited report card outlining the adequacy of the Great Barrier Reef was never released.

The latest Great Barrier Reef Report Card is almost two and a half years late, which should be outlining the Government's efforts and funding plan for the preservation of the weakening Great Barrier Reef.

World Wildlife Fund representative Nick Heath said he was disappointed that the report still hadn't been released.

"All four ministers from the GBR ministerial forum met in Brisbane this morning, which only happens about once a year. There would have been no better time to announce its release, if it had been ready," Mr Heath said.

"This was the publication of a report card to do with water quality on the GBR from 30th June 2010. Why are they sitting on this report, what do they have to hide?" he said.

"As part of our Australian pride, the reef should be the one asset the Government should be undoubtedly protecting."

"50.7 percent of the reef has died since 1985, due to poor water quality of the farming catchments in Queensland," Mr Heath said.

Mr Heath said although the reef could recover from environmental disasters like cyclones, it couldn't recover quite as well from poor water quality.

The report, expected to be released sometime before Christmas, needs to outline an effective management plan.

Otherwise the reef could be seen as a World Heritage Area in great danger.

"WWF will be very active in the run up to the federal election, we'll be making sure all the residents along the reef, including Gladstone residents and in other parts of Australia will be highly informed about the adequacy of the positions of the major parties," Mr Heath said.

IT could have been a significant day for the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef yesterday; but the long awaited report card for the adequacy of the Great Barrier Reef was never released.

The latest Great Barrier Reef Report Card is almost two and a half years late, which should be outlining the Government's efforts and funding plan for the preservation of the weakening Great Barrier Reef.

World Wild Fund representative Nick Heath said he was disappointed that the report still hadn't been released.

"All four ministers from the GBR ministerial forum met in Brisbane this morning, which only happens about once a year. There would have been no better time to announce its release, if it had been ready," Mr Heath said.

"This was the publication of a report card to do with water quality on the GBR from 30th June 2010. Why are they sitting on this report, what do they have to hide?" he said.

"As part of our Australian pride, the reef should be the one asset the Government should be undoubtedly protecting."

"50.7 percent of the reef has died since 1985, due to poor water quality of the farming catchments in Queensland," Mr Heath said.

Mr Heath said although the reef could recover from environmental disasters like cyclones, it couldn't recover quite as well from poor water quality.

The report, expected to be released sometime before Christmas, needs to outline an effective management plan.

Otherwise the reef could be seen as a World Heritage Area in great danger.

"WWF will be very active in the run up to the federal election, we'll be making sure all the residents along the reef, including Gladstone residents and in other parts of Australia will be highly informed about the adequacy of the positions of the major parties," Mr Heath said.



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