Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Barrier Reef in Danger According to UN Report

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Barrier Reef in Danger According to UN Report

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Byline: Owen Jacques APN NEWSDESK

THE Queensland State Government is convinced it will avoid the Great Barrier Reef being deemed under threat by the United Nationsa environmental arm after UNESCO raised concerns in a new report.

The group gave some praise to both the Queensland and Federal governments but warned that with up to 43 proposed developments along the coastline of the reef, UNESCO would still recommend the reefas status be listed as ain dangera.

To avoid this, both levels of government must act before February 1 next year.

Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell said the LNP Government was already reviewing Gladstone Harbour and putting together a ports strategy a two issues highlighted in the report.

It was already assessing the health of the reef through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority with the Federal Government.

UNESCO named the $1 billion Balaclava Island coal terminal planned by Glencore-Xstrata 40km north of Gladstone along with the $1. …

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