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Great Barrier Reef will receive $1 billion more funding to protect jobs and the environment

Great Barrier Reef will receive $1 billion more funding to protect jobs and the environment

Person snorkeling looks down towards corals while holding onto a line from a boat.

The federal government announced an additional $1 million to improve water quality, reef management, and research. This is the largest ever investment insaving Great Barrier Reef.

The government hopes that the funding will protect more than 64,000 jobs, and $6.4 billion in tourism dollars linked to the reef economy.

More than half of the funding will be used for improving water quality, including rehabilitating erosion, improving soil condition and reducing nutrient or pesticide run-off.

Sussan ley, Environment Minister, said that $1 billion would be managed jointly by her department with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The package would be delivered through communities and industries in the area, as well traditional owners.

Ms Ley stated that “our reef champions are our farmers, tourism operators and fishers” and that they are being supported through practical water- and land-based strategies that will significantly contribute to the health and well-being of the reef.

Person snorkeling looks down towards corals while holding onto a line from a boat.
Great Barrier Reef research will receive an additional $90 million.(Supplied by the Australian Institute of Marine Science)

Reef still faces ‘in danger’ listing

Since UNESCO warned last summer that the Great Barrier Reef would be “in danger”, the federal government is being urged to make more efforts to protect it.

Although the government has managed to avoid an immediate listing of the reef, it still faces the possibility of being listed as “in danger”.

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