Positives follow Gladstone harbour furore, speaker claims

GLADSTONE has given impetus to focusing the attention of Australia and the world on protecting the Great Barrier Reef, according to Claire Hanratty.

The managing director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation answered questions following her presentation at a lunch in Gladstone on Thursday, highlighting positive developments from the controversy surrounding Gladstone harbour in recent years.

"I think that although it has been a difficult ride for Gladstone, it has driven a lot more thinking towards the reef in both Australia and on an international scale," she said.

Ms Hanratty said Gladstone had been a force for change in making information more transparent across the board. Practical measures were showcased in the presentation demonstrating a priority for transparency with the reef.

The first was a marine water quality portal on the Bureau of Meteorology website monitoring nutrients, sediment and temperatures in tropical waters.

The website for the dashboard is at www.bom.gov.au/marinewaterquality.



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