The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on our blue planet, representing about 10% of all the world’s coral reefs. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is dearly loved by locals and visitors alike.

There are more different species of animals and plants in a cubic metre of the Great Barrier Reef than in any other environment in the world – including tropical rainforests.

In fact, some reefs in the Great Barrier Reef have more different fish types than in the entire Caribbean Ocean.

Australia’s oceans are some of the richest and most diverse on our blue planet. Global studies have revealed that our northern oceans are some of the last remaining healthy tropical seas in the world. In our cool blue south, an incredible 80% of the marine
species living in our temperate oceans occur nowhere else on Earth.

In terms of the Australian economy, the Great Barrier Reef alone generates over 6 billion dollars worth of revenue per year. But all this is under threat from plans from unprecedented expansion of the coal industry coal seam gas and its associated infrastructure.

Queensland’s 50 new port, rail and mine developments are too much, too quickly for a reef
already under pressure.

Up to 10,000 ships a year through the Great Barrier Reef by the end of the decade, compared to less than 2.000 in 2011.


Townsville Bulletin 6 July 2013


Townsville Bulletin 10 July 2013

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