Senate debates

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Questions without Notice

Great Barrier Reef

3:01 pm

Photo of Joe LudwigJoe Ludwig (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) Share this | Hansard source

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee determined not to list the reef as in danger and this was a welcome decision. The final UNESCO report makes particular mention of Reef Rescue as part of the government's work to protect the reef. There are new and emerging environmental challenges for the reef and Reef Rescue has recognised that.

In our new funding we have included dedicated resources towards managing the crown-of-thorns starfish and, as would be clear, the program enjoys widespread support. The Queensland Farmers Federation has congratulated the government on its continued commitment and continued investment in the Reef Rescue scheme. Similarly, the Cane Growers Association has described Reef Rescue as 'jet powered' due to the impact of the groundswell of change that it has brought across the entire region. There are many types of strong environmental and agricultural outcomes as you get to— (Time expired)


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