News

Govt 'ignoring environmental crisis'

THE Federal Government's "tiny increase" in budget funding for the Great Barrier Reef Rescue Program will leave one of Australia's greatest treasures exposed to the dangers of mass dredging and dumping, Green Senator Larissa Waters said yesterday.

The extra $8 million funding, announced in this week's budget, will come from the Caring for our Country program and go to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to manage the park.

"The Government has sold Queensland farmers short by missing this budget's opportunity to extend the reef rescue program past 2013, which supports innovative and less chemical-intensive practices to reduce the impact of agricultural run-off on the water quality of the World Heritage-listed Reef, Sen Waters said.

"And the Government continues to ignore the environmental crisis in Gladstone harbour - part of the Reef's World Heritage Area - despite fresh breaches at the weekend by Gladstone Ports Corporation of water quality conditions for dredging, less than 48 hours after those turbidity limits were weakened.

"It's farcical that the Government is trying to increase funding to the authority responsible for protecting the Great Barrier Reef while allowing the dredging and mining industries to destroy it - Labor need to stop this devastation before their inability to manage the Reef results in its loss for all Australians."

Environment Minister Tony Burke also announced a further $12.5 million over four years starting in 2013-14 for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, to coordinate academic research.

"Our iconic Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's treasures, and we are determined to ensure its resilience and diversity into the future," Mr Burke said.

"Funding available through Caring for our Country and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation will ensure that the reef's unique values are protected."

Topics:  federal budget 2012 great barrier reef



Bundaberg berries the new foodie frontier

DESSERT FAVOURITE: An Indulge creation using raspberries from Eden Farms' experimental trial.

Locals experiment with new crop

'Shell-shocked' nurses offered redundancies: union

UP IN THE AIR: Millbank Village staff have until Wednesday to respond to Blue Care.

Aged care staff already handing in resignations

Local Partners

Ocean Sleeper discuss being 'Six Feet Down'.

Ocean Sleeper make waves with their new EP. Photo Contributed

Gippsland band shines at Unify

Bowie's final music EP No Plan released

NEW: Artwork for David Bowie's posthumous 2016 EP, No Plan.

David Bowie's 28th and final album

Married At First Sight: Ipswich bachelor seeks love

READY FOR IT: Ipswich man Simon McQuillan will appear on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

Romance would top off recovery for Booval man

Dinky-di Denyer: Family Feud favourite hosts Oz Day party

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

GRANT Denyer shares his Australia Day traditions ahead of concert.

Chelsea Handler blames the Kardashians for Donald Trump win

Chelsea Handler pictured in a scene from her talk show in Los Angeles.

TALK show host blames rise of reality TV family for election result.

Choirboys headline Agnes music festival

ROCK ON: Choirboys are set to headline the Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival in 2017.

Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival has announced its 2017 line-up

Bundy hotel on the market for a cool $8.5m

FOR SALE: The Burnett Riverside Motel has gone on the market, with a price guide of more than $8 million.

Premier hotel up for sale for more than $8m

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!