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  • 15 August 2013
    Business & Finance

    Tony Abbott’s planned one-stop-shop for development approvals, announced today to begin in Tasmania, is code for fast-tracking damaging mega projects across the country, say the Australian Greens. “Tony Abbott plans to remove the vital layer of federal approval that protects our most important environmental assets, which was first put in place to save the iconic […]

  • 15 August 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society and Turtle Island Restoration Network program director Teri Shore have warned the massive port projects and other industrial activity planned for the Great Barrier Reef will push globally significant species of turtles closer to the brink of extinction. The industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area will destroy […]

  • 5 August 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society has delivered a pledge to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s office to end dumping of dredge material in the Great Barrier Reef. The pledge has been delivered with a demonstration of dumping and dredging by protesters from the AMCS who staged a mock dump of sludge at the Prime Minister’s office […]

  • 2 August 2013

    A new, $37 million experimental sea simulator will enable Australian scientists to recreate ocean conditions and study how both human activities and natural events will affect marine environment in the future. Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Senator Kim Carr and Senator for Queensland Jan McLucas opened the National Sea Simulator (SeaSim), at the […]

  • 29 July 2013

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society has slammed a new multi-million dollar advertising campaign by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association that will muddy the waters over the protection of special places like the Great Barrier Reef from massive industrialisation. APPEA’s campaign attacks environmental safeguards and promotes fast tracking resource projects like those that have […]

  • 16 July 2013
    Business & Finance

    As Community Cabinet meets in Rockhampton today, research shows more than three-quarters of people in the Queensland electorate of Capricornia [75.2%] support a total ban on the dumping of dredged waste in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Of all the threats to the Reef, by far the biggest concern is […]

  • 12 July 2013

    Governor Jindal met with local officials and flew over barrier island projects to observe the state’s progress to protect Louisiana’s coast and highlight continued coastal land loss in Louisiana. The Governor highlighted three specific projects on Pelican Island, Shell Island and Scofield Island on the lower rim of Barataria Bay. On Shell Island, the state […]

  • 10 July 2013

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has expressed concern that State and Federal Ministers have missed the opportunity to address the impacts of rapid industrial development along the Queensland coast. AMCS Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director Felicity Wishart said the Ministers had ignored the international recommendations of UNESCO to stop work now on all industrial […]

  • 9 July 2013

    New Federal Environment Minister Mark Butler now has one month to knock back the controversial proposal to dump millions of tonnes of mud in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park near Abbot Point in north Queensland. A decision was due yesterday, but Minister Butler postponed the deadline until the 9th August. “With the threat of […]

  • 8 July 2013

    New federal Environment Minister Mark Butler is due tomorrow to decide on a proposal to dump masses of sediment in the Great Barrier Reef for the expansion of the Abbot Point coal port. “This is another type of Abbot that Labor should oppose – the Abbot Point coal port expansion would see up to 3 […]

  • 26 June 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Queensland government cannot be trusted to provide strong environmental protection for the Great Barrier Reef under Federal Coalition policy announced today to cut federal oversight of environmental approvals, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS). If elected, the Coalition will hand over Federal environmental approvals to the states, removing a critical layer of […]

  • 18 June 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) and WWF-Australia said today that Australia’s governments are putting the Great Barrier Reef at risk by failing to implement the World Heritage Committee recommendations around rapid industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef. WWF Australia’s Richard Leck, who has been attending the World Heritage Meeting as an observer, said Australia […]

  • 18 June 2013
    Business & Finance

    The World Heritage Committee has today strengthened its warning that the Great Barrier Reef could be added to the World Heritage list of sites in danger at its meeting in Cambodia. “The World Heritage Committee has stepped up its warning, expressing concern over ongoing coastal development and giving the government one last chance – one […]

  • 6 June 2013

    JCU researchers are recording underwater sounds in the Great Barrier Reef to help track animal movements and human activities such as shipping. JCU’s Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA) is collaborating with JASCO Applied Sciences, a world leader in the science of industrial underwater noise and its effect on marine life, on the […]

  • 6 June 2013
    Business & Finance

    More than 150 Australian scientists have urgently joined forces to warn of the threat of rapid industrialisation along the Great Barrier Reef coast ahead of a major World Heritage meeting in Cambodia from June 17. The joint statement, representing many of Australia’s most distinguished names in marine and coastal sciences, says industrialisation of the Great […]

  • 5 June 2013

    The peak representative body for minerals and energy sector companies in Queensland has welcomed the commitment of Australian and international scientists to support ongoing protection of the Great Barrier Reef as a place of Outstanding Universal Value on the World Heritage register. Responding to a joint statement by scientists collected by environmental group WWF, Queensland […]

  • 3 June 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Greens announced a new policy in Brisbane today to stop offshore dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef, being dug up at record rates for new coal and gas ports. “It’s time Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott started treating the Great Barrier Reef as a natural wonder of the world and […]

  • 27 May 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has hit back at big coal and gas companies who are complaining about regulations that are designed to protect the environment. Felicity Wishart, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said it was deeply concerning if the big resource companies were lobbying to remove environmental protection that is crucial to […]

  • 21 May 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has urged all Australians to stand up and fight for the Great Barrier Reef – given the disappointing policies and actions of the countries’ major parties on the issue of industrialising one of the wonders of the world to date. Felicity Wishart, the Society’s Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director, […]

  • 14 May 2013
    Business & Finance

    The World Heritage Committee (WHC) is considering placing the magnificent Great Barrier Reef in the “endangered” category, because of the adverse impact of proposed new ports and coal loading facilities, which would add to the current pollution problems of soil, fertiliser and pesticides from coastal farms and developments. Each year 16 tonnes of pesticides are […]

  • 6 May 2013

    UNESCO’s confirmation overnight that it will consider listing the Great Barrier Reef on the World Heritage list of sites in danger, puts the Newman and Gillard governments on notice to stop letting mining companies destroy the Great Barrier Reef, say the Australian Greens. “The World Heritage Committee has officially expressed concern over the lack of […]

  • 1 May 2013

    The Newman Government’s plans to privatise ports and to weaken environmental impact assessment, revealed today, will put more pressure on the Great Barrier Reef than ever before, say the Australian Greens. With coal ports in private hands and a lax process for assessing their environmental impacts, the Great Barrier Reef will be under more pressure […]

  • 15 March 2013
    Business & Finance

    The doubling of Xstrata’s coal production in Queensland will escalate the pressure on the Great Barrier Reef from port expansions, dredging and greater shipping movements, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS). Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director, Felicity Wishart said the massive expansion in coal production and exports is placing the short-term profit of […]

  • 23 January 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Greens today released new official figures on dredging and dumping in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area which show our Reef continues to be treated as a coal and gas highway and a rubbish tip, risking UNESCO listing the Reef as World Heritage in Danger. “There is only one Great Barrier Reef. […]

  • 23 January 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Great Barrier Reef is in crisis and without decisive action by the Federal government and Queensland State government Australia could be placed on UNESCO’s ‘list of shame’ for not meeting its World Heritage obligations. The situation is so serious that WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society today announced they were combining to launch […]

  • 8 January 2013

    The threat to the Great Barrier Reef from massive coal port developments has been featured on French television, in a sign of growing international concern for the future of the world’s largest coral reef. The ten minute news report includes interviews with fishermen in Gladstone Harbour who blame dredging of coal and gas shipping channels […]