Townsville City is proud to announce that it has become one of the first Reef Guardian Councils announced by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (465kB .pdf). Townsville City joins other councils along the Queensland coast whose efforts to protect, conserve and enhance our Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area have been recognised.
|What are Reef Guardian Councils?
The Reef Guardian Councils is an innovative programme which aims to protect and conserve the Great Barrier Reef for future generations by encouraging best environmental practice at the local government level. As improvement in land based management practices will lead to increased water quality for the Great Barrier Reef.
This will be achieved through:
|Why is the Townsville City involved?
Townsville City is committed to the protection, conservation and enhancement of the Great Barrier Reef Wold Heritage Area for future generations. The City recognises the important link between land-based management practices and the health of our wonderful reef.
The Reef Guardian Council provides the recognition of the roles local government play in the reef protection and it centres on recognising what the City is already doing through activities, programmes and initiatives relating to waste, water, land management, and community involvement.
Click image to enlarge - Humback whale and calf - Cleveland Bay, Image courtesy of Garry Douglas
|What will Townsville City need to do as a Reef Guardian Council?
The City is committed to create an annual action plan on four focus areas as described below:
Recognising this, the action should seek to achieve:
|VIDEO: Reefwatch - Urban stormwater & pollution management
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