The election of the next Queensland government will be held on the 31st of January. Both major parties – the incumbent Liberal National Party and Labor as its main competition – are making promises about investment in the future of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef has been a topic of strong public and political controversy in recent years, with reports of sustained declines in coral cover and populations of some species coupled with increasing pressure from coastal developments.
With the state election imminent, three members of the conservation planning group – Bob Pressey, Alana Grech, and Jon Day – have teamed up with Jon Brodie of JCU’s TropWater to write an article for The Conversation titled: Six things Queensland’s next government must do to save the Great Barrier Reef. The article has been picked up widely by conservation groups and distributed by GetUp. At the time of posting this news item (22nd January), the article has had over 4,300 reads, 182 tweets, and 286 likes on Facebook, and has generated some lively discussion.