Forces join to protect the reef

Collaboration between sectors will help reduce the effects of agriculture on the Great Barrier Reef.

Farmers, conservationists and resource management bodies have formally joined forced to protect Australia's precious Great Barrier Reef from the affects of agricultural activity. Members of the Reef Alliance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a code of conduct that … [Read more...]

New mining laws: no more nicking off

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The future of the Townsville's Yabulu nickel refinery is on shaky ground but new environmental protection laws will ensure that no mess is left behind. The State Government will introduce new laws to prevent businesses from leaving taxpayers with costly environmental clean-up … [Read more...]

Proserpine State School wins Reef Guardian Award

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Students from Proserpine State School have received a $500 grant for their work in the Reef Guardian Program. The prize was presented at a school assembly by a member of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. It was awarded to the school because of their work maintaining Conway … [Read more...]

Awkward virus infection found on the reef

Scientists studying the coral on the Barrier Reef have found a virus.

It appears as though the Great Barrier Reef is going to have to have an awkward conversation with someone, with the recent discovery of a herpes like virus on the coral. A paper published in the Frontiers in Microbiology is claiming that the coral has picked up the infection during a recent … [Read more...]

Port Master Planning open for public consultation

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Members of the public can now have their say on the State Government’s plans for port development and the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham announced that the draft guidelines for priority port master planning were open for consultation at … [Read more...]

Great Barrier Reef still holding strong

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It appears as though the Great Barrier Reef is more resilient than expected as it is thriving despite warmer than average waters. While sea temperatures are yet to peak, experts are now hopeful that the major bleaching event forecasted by US agency NOAA will not happen. Rangers and staff from … [Read more...]

Council supports Minister’s decision to approve Abbott Point developments

Environment Minister: gives the green light to Abbot Point dredging, but with strict conditions.

The Whitsunday Regional Council has clapped its support for the Federal Government approval of the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project, which was given the green light by Minister for the the Environment. Whitsunday Mayor, Jenny Whitney, says that the project is a major piece of development that … [Read more...]

Abbot Point expansion won’t dredge reef

Environment Minister: gives the green light to Abbot Point dredging, but with strict conditions.

Adani’s monolithic mining project is making further progress towards development, with the final Environmental Impact Statement for the expansion of the Abbot Point coal port submitted to the Commonwealth Government for review. The Abbot Point expansion plan is a crucial piece of the puzzle … [Read more...]

Early excitement for Whitsundays Multihull Solutions Rendezvous

Humpback whales came up close and personal with sailors earlier this morning - setting the scene for an exciting week.

Beautiful spring weather has set the standard for a week on the water as fifteen vessels set off this morning for the fifth annual Whitsundays Multihull Solutions Rendezvous. The excitement picked up early in the trip with a chance encounter with a humpback whale mother and calf off pioneer rock … [Read more...]