Protecting our World Heritage Site
The Palaszczuk Government has kept every promise we made to protect and manage the Great Barrier Reef.
So far the Government has:
Banned the dumping of dredge spoil
The Palaszczuk Government has protected the Great Barrier Reef and the Calley Valley Wetlands by not allowing dredge spoil to be dumped on the wetlands or in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (as the former LNP government proposed to do).
Passed new ports legislation
Our new ports legislation limits port expansion and prohibits at-sea dumping of dredge spoil in the World Heritage Area and protects the Fitzroy River Delta from future port development. The legislation also mandates master plans for all four priority ports.
Created 3 net-free fishing zones
The Palaszczuk Labor Government has created three net-free fishing zones in Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton to protect the reef’s ecosystems from over-fishing and provide a boost to tourism.
Created the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce
The Labor Government constituted the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce, led by the Queensland Chief Scientist, so that scientists, not politicians, can decide where funding should go.
Budgeted an additional $100 million over 5 years
Labor has allocated an additional $100 million over five years towards water quality initiatives, scientific research and helping businesses transition to better environmental practices in the primary production and fishing industries.
Introduced vegetation management laws
Labor has committed to implementing vegetation protection laws in consultation with landowners to minimise damaging run-off to the Great Barrier Reef. You will note that these laws were not passed in Parliament as they did not have the support of the LNP Opposition or the independents. We remain committed to introducing these laws and will take them to the next election. Labor will also re-introduce world-class coastal planning laws.
- The Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce
- The Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015
- The Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan
- Net-Free Fishing Zones
- About net-free fishing zones
- Map of the final net-free fishing zone in the Trinity Bay (Cairns) area
- Map of the final net-free fishing zone for the St Helens Beach to Cape Hillsborough (Mackay) area
- Map of the final net-free fishing zone for Capricorn coast, taking in Yeppoon, Keppel Bay, the Fitzroy River and Rockhampton
- Reef Water Quality Science Program
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority