$140 million trust to improve Great Barrier Reef

THE Federal Government has launched a $140 million reef trust aimed at improving the Great Barrier Reef's water quality.

Central to the initiative is the establishment of the Tropical Water Quality Hub, which will conduct innovative research for practical solutions to maintain and improve water quality from catchment to coast.

The key focus is the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait regions along with their associated catchments.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt said grants of up to $100,000 were available to researchers.

He said the hub would play a vital role in delivering research to help achieve the targets and outcomes identified in the Reef 2050 plan.

"This scheme will support the reef trust's work with farmers to deliver real reductions in the amount of nitrogen entering the Great Barrier Reef," he said.

"It has the potential to create real and lasting improvements to water quality in the marine park.

"The hub will also work to develop a box jellyfish research project to determine how this marine hazard responds to changing water quality and how to predict its presence based on environmental conditions."


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