OUR SAY: More to be done to protect reef

I WAS quite surprised by the report card released yesterday, indicating what poor health the reef was in.

What was of more concern was that cane farmers seemed to be on the hit list of people who aren't doing well enough at protecting the reef.

The surprise was because for almost as long as I have been a journalist cane growers have been talking about ways to help stop run off to protect the reef.

This report indicated one of three things.

First, as Paul Schembri said, there may have been other factors that lead these figures, like a weather event.

Or perhaps the growers' well-intentioned measures to protect the reef didn't go as far as getting results as they had hoped or would have liked.

Lastly it could be that growers are saying one thing but doing another.

I would hope for the sake of the environment it is certainly not the last one.

But the results for the horticulture and grazing industries, while not perfect, show there are improvements that surely can be made.

Let's hope this report is the starting point for more.



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