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More reef madness

June 18th, 2014 | | industry

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We received a strong response to our story on the Federal Government’s current plan for dredging at the Abbott Point port terminal in the Whitsundays („Dredging up trouble on the reef”, The Byte, 4 June 2014). Coincidentally, or perhaps conveniently, the Federal Government last week released a report that stated the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef had improved in its most recent assessment.

The government says the recent improvements should ensure it stays off UNESCO’s ‘in danger’ list. The Daily Mail Australia reported Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt saying he is confident UNESCO won’t list the reef as a World Heritage site ‘in danger’ because of improvements to water quality from reduced agricultural run-off.

Right now in Doha, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is meeting to vote on the future of the World Heritage listing of the Great Barrier Reef. Less than 30 people will decide the vote.

So what can you do? Well, our clever friends over at social change agency, Republic of Everyone have been working with the World Wildlife Fund to create ‘YOUNESCO’. Simply cast your vote and they will deliver them to UNESCO before they vote. So far they’ve collected more than 200,000 votes.

Cast your vote at younesco.org; republicofeveryone.com; or join the conversation at #FightfortheReef