Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed additional funding of $171million announced in last night’s Budget to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
Senator Macdonald said the funding includes an extra $70million to the Reef Trust, which focuses on practical, on the ground projects to improve water quality.
“For all those farming communities across the North who live alongside the Great Barrier Reef, and who are committed to its long term health and preservation, this additional funding will help support them in their efforts to improve their farming practices, to ensure minimal impact on the Reef,” Senator Macdonald said.
The Budget also allocates $101million from the National Landcare Programme to support the implementation of the Reef 2050 Plan.
The Reef 2050 Plan and Reef Trust are already addressing key threats to the Reef by improving water quality and coastal habitats, mitigating outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish, and protecting threatened and migratory species such as dugong and turtles.
“It is these type of measures which make the Reef more resilient,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Unlike the Greens and Labor, who continue to denigrate the Great Barrier Reef with irresponsible claims and outright lies, the Coalition Government is investing over $2billion to protect the Reef over the next decade.”