Additional funding for Reef water quality initiatives

The Queensland Government has its first Minister for the Great Barrier Reef and has made policy commitments to further improve the protection and management of the Reef. The Government will invest an additional $100 million over five years towards improving water quality, expanding scientific research, and securing better agricultural and grazing practices and more sustainable fisheries. This includes an increased focus on reducing nutrient and sediment load to minimise the effects of land-based runoff in Reef catchments. A high level taskforce will be convened to determine the best approach to achieve up to an 80 per cent reduction in nitrogen run-off and up to a 50 per cent reduction in sediment run-off into the Reef by 2025.