Greens: Report Card Ignores World Heritage Committee’s Dumping Concerns
The Abbott and Newman governments’ Great Barrier Reef report card out today shows that the good work of farmers reducing their runoff is being undermined by the big mining companies directly dumping sediment into the Reef, announced greensmps.org.au.
“Despite welcome gains in reducing agricultural runoff, the Reef’s inshore water quality remains poor, which will only get worse with mass dredging and dumping planned for the Reef’s coastline,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.
“The Abbott and Newman governments are completely undermining the good work of farmers reducing their Reef runoff, by allowing the big mining companies to dump millions of tonnes of sediment directly into the Reef’s World Heritage waters.
“The notion that Minister Powell can somehow allay the World Heritage Committee’s concerns about all of the dredging and dumping set to go ahead, especially at Abbot Point, with this report about current water quality, is ridiculous.
“The Reef is facing an ‘In Danger’ listing because it is being industrialised for the big mining companies and this report does nothing to address that.
“What’s more, the Abbott government has cut $40 million in funding from the federal program to reduce agricultural runoff, Reef Rescue, and put that money into a thought bubble policy, Reef Trust, the details of which have not been worked out.”
Press Release, June 12, 2014