The Palaszczuk Government’s list of proposed changes to the long-term Reef 2050 plan, announced today, contains glaring omissions, which must be fixed before the plan goes to the World Heritage Committee.
“While we welcome the steps forward in Queensland’s Reef policy, the Palaszczuk Government’s support for the Galilee Basin mega mines exporting mountains of coal through the Reef puts the Reef under even greater climate stress.
“The long-term plan needs to acknowledge that climate change is the biggest threat to the Reef, and commit to stopping the Reef from becoming a highway for climate-destroying coal.
“The World Heritage Committee clearly recommended no new damaging port expansions. Yet the Abbott Government approved the world’s largest coal port at Abbot Point, which the Palaszczuk Government is backing.
“The World Heritage Committee is especially concerned about the threat of new ports in pristine areas, such as the Fitzroy Delta.
“Labor promised to protect the Fitzroy Delta from development in the lead up to the election. Now they must make sure that that commitment is written into the long-term plan.
“Before the long-term plan goes to the World Heritage Committee, these gaps need to be urgently fixed in order to save the Reef from an ‘In Danger’ listing,” Senator Waters said.