The Queensland Government has announced funding for a Great Barrier Reef water quality project.
The Queensland Government has announced funding for a Great Barrier Reef water quality project. AAP AND LEE CONSTABLE

Govt has reef funding splurge before fronting UNESCO

THE Queensland Government will inject $2 million into protecting the Great Barrier Reef before leaving to convince the World Heritage Committee not to list it as in-danger.

The funding for the water quality project will create online tools for people to check the health of the reef, including water quality, sea temperature and the effects of floods and storms.

Great Barrier Reef Minister Dr Steven Miles and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will head to Bonn, Germany, to urge the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to follow the draft recommendation not to list the 2300km-long icon as in-danger.

"This additional investment in the eReefs project clearly demonstrates how seriously we take our responsibility to conserve the reef for future generations to enjoy," Dr Miles said.

"Now, for the first time ever, Queenslanders and people from across the globe will be able to see changes in the conditions on the reef in real-time.

"People will be able to track the effects of storms, cyclones and floods on water quality, as they happen.

"They'll also be able to zoom in on their local river to see how much sediment, nutrients and pesticides are flowing into the reef."

Dr Miles said the project would also be an important tool for reef managers to help understand the actions needed to take on land to improve water quality and prevent damage from threats such as crown of thorns starfish outbreaks.

The project has received funding from the Queensland Government, Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, the Science and Industry Endowment Fund, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and the Australian Government."

eReefs Project Board independent chair John Schubert said the overall $3 million contribution leveraged the $11 million investment made by the Australian Government and the private sector in the eReefs project.

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