Protecting the reef

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council will write to the State Government to voice concerns about large container ships travelling through the waters around the Great Barrier Reef without experienced pilots.

Councillor Mark Gaudry raised the issue at last week's council meeting and said it was an important issue for all who lived and worked in the Whitsundays.

“As a community we have to be concerned with potential impact, not only for marine and bird life but also for the tourism industry,” he said.

“We do need to have these ships coming through out waters but we need to make sure they are properly controlled.”

The Council will now write to relevant government departments strongly supporting the use of experienced shipping pilots and the use of a tracking system of all on all large container and bulk carrying vessels which travel within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.


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