GBR 2050 PLAN ; VISION OF PLAN?

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Media Release
15TH SEPTEMBER 2014
REEF 2050, VISION OR PLAN?
“Our vision is to ensure the Reef not only retains its health and Outstanding Universal Value in 2050, but that it improves in overall health each decade between now and then”, that’s a positive fuzzy and warm vision, the plan itself calls for outcomes by 2018 (3yrs) in the Mary/Burnett catchment that we will;
• Reduce nitrogen loads by 50%
• Reduce sediment by loads 20%
• Reduce pesticide loads by 60%
• Have 90% of agriculture using best management practices.
Based on the data from the REEF 2013 WQ plan , we are currently making a 2% improvement every year, so by 2018 we should have a 6% improvement in management of our impacts to the GBR lagoon of the Burnett /Mary region.
Our regional pollutant impacts are almost the states worst for the GBR, and rate from very poor to poor and our marine water quality is the same, and we don’t even know how our coral reefs are going, due to a lack of data. The potential for increased impacts as a result of the push by the Queensland government to double agricultural production has not been calculated , for example if we double sugar cane production in the Mary catchment , we will surely double the current level of impacts , and this will be a significant constraint , in maintaining our 2% per year improvement regime,
“ So the targets in the plan need to be revised to reflect the 2% annual improvement so that we can realistically reach the targets by 2030 providing we have enough funding to deal with a 100% increase in agricultural production ,which we don’t , and the $250M from the resources sector is simply their cost for environmental approval offsets and not funding for reducing impacts, doubling production will require doubling funding to $700m ”, said President and Water Policy Officer, Roger Currie
For more information contact Roger on
BH 07 41 943 260 MOB 0448 917 571

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