The Labor Government has committed to a $40 million cash splash to protect the Great Barrier Reef and boost Queensland’s tourism and related industry. Picture: Tourism and Events Queensland
The Labor Government has committed to a $40 million cash splash to protect the Great Barrier Reef and boost Queensland’s tourism and related industry. Picture: Tourism and Events Queensland

$3.9m pledge for Whitsunday glamping and sailing

ALMOST $4 million will be channelled into new sailing and glamping experiences in the Whitsundays if Labor secure a win at the polls next week.

The Labor Government has committed to a $40 million cash splash to protect the Great Barrier Reef and boost Queensland's tourism and related industry.

The boost is also set to support more than 200 jobs across the state.

Of the $40 million investment, $3.9 million will go towards developing world class 'sailing trails' around Townsville and the Whitsundays.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a $40 million investment in the protection of the Great Barrier Reef, should Labor win government. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a $40 million investment in the protection of the Great Barrier Reef, should Labor win government. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this would include new tourism experiences for sailing and glamping in the region.

A further $10 million will be channelled into a Reef Assist program in collaboration with local councils and organisations while $6 million has been earmarked for a new Great Barrier Reef Island Arks program to deliver eco-tourism and acquire new protected areas.

The commitment also includes $10.1 million for upgrades to National Parks and World Heritage Areas and a new $10 million Reef Credits initiative to drive on-ground restoration and environmental market development projects.

Ms Palaszczuk said protecting the Great Barrier Reef would provide growth in the economy as well as jobs.

More stories

Keeping culture alive throughout COVID

Reef burns while our politicians fiddle

Why MP's coke-dealing daughter had charges wiped

"Our ongoing plan for economic recovery and job creation, following our strong health response to COVID-19, includes protecting the Great Barrier Reef and the employment that it provides," she said.

"We know that farmers are dedicated to good environmental management and our $10 million Reef Credits initiative will help them to partner with us to improve the quality of water flowing onto the reef.

"And our projects supporting eco-tourism, including the upgrades to our National Parks and World Heritage Areas, are a direct investment in jobs and will drive important regional tourism and business opportunities."


$400M loss: Canegrowers to finally have India dispute heard

Premium Content $400M loss: Canegrowers to finally have India dispute heard

‘We believe in a rules-based system and we are terriers when it comes to sticking...

Eco retreat to offer glamping and lessons in living green

Premium Content Eco retreat to offer glamping and lessons in living green

The proposed getaway has been earmarked on a property just eight minutes from...

Mercury soars to 44.6C as state roasts

Premium Content Mercury soars to 44.6C as state roasts

Queensland heatwave expected to continue until next week