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The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef

Our Great Barrier Reef is a global treasure. It is the largest living structure on earth and Queensland councils are serious about saving it.

The LGAQ represents the Reef councils, the 32 local governments that are the elected representatives of their communities and guardians of the 2,300 kilometres of Queensland coastline bordering the Great Barrier Reef. Ensuring the cleanest possible waters reach the Reef bolsters our magnificent corals’ resilience against impacts like bleaching and crown of thorns attacks.

The need is urgent.

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The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019 has declared the Reef’s overall outlook has deteriorated from poor to very poor, largely attributable to the impacts of climate change and land-based run-off.

Together, we are appealing to our partners in the protection of the Reef – the Australian and Queensland Governments, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and other natural allies – for support of an initiative to ensure that cleaner water flows sooner from our communities to the sea.

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