State will limit port growth and keep spoil onshore for reef
LIMITING ports' growth and keeping dredging spoil onshore are among the strategies the Queensland Government believes will improve what have been labelled this week as "high threats" to the Great Barrier Reef.
Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell said the government also was "constantly reassessing" the financial resources dedicated to the natural wonder.
"On top of the $35 million we put in each year for water quality, between the federal and state governments, holistically there's some $180 million spent on protecting and managing the Great Barrier Reef each and every year," he said.
"We need to make sure that money we're investing is being invested wisely and using science ... make sure we're getting the results that we need.
"At this stage we believe that alongside the regulatory and legislative efforts we've put in place, the port development strategy that we've put in place limiting that growth to those four existing ports, making sure the (dredging) spoil now goes on shore for reclamation and not out at sea, will produce the results we need to see."