WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE DECISION NOT TO LIST THE GREAT BARRIER REEF AS ‘IN DANGER’

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) welcomes the decision by the World Heritage Committee not to list the Great Barrier Reef as ‘in Danger’.

The Committee has recognised the significant efforts of the Australian and Queensland governments in addressing its concerns.

The MCA commends both governments on the achievement of this important milestone.  The MCA urges the momentum continue through to the implementation of the necessary management actions to ensure the Reef’s long-term protection.

While strongly supportive of government efforts, the MCA remains concerned about the increased restrictions on certain activities critical for port development such as dredging.

These activities are already highly regulated and the imposition of further restrictions will act only to hinder future industry growth.

The Great Barrier Reef is important to all Australians and the minerals industry is committed to the protection of its World Heritage values.  Importantly, responsible economic development and the long-term protection of the Great Barrier Reef are not mutually exclusive. 

Positive environmental, social and economic outcomes can be achieved where management decisions are founded in sound science and through government, industry and community partnerships.

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