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Whitsunday Regional Council is playing its part in contributing to the health of the Great Barrier Reef and has endorsed its Reef Guardian Council Action Plan.
The goal of the Reef Guardian Council Program is to achieve better environmental outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef through local government actions in natural resource management and improvements in local government and community capacity.
Deputy Mayor, Cr Andrew said as a Reef Guardian Council we have developed a Reef Guardian Council Action Plan and Milestone Report for 2014 - 2015.
“Council undertakes many operational projects and activities that fall within the scope of the Reef Guardian Council Program,” Cr Willcox said.
“The Action Plan shows the diversity of our actions and plans that contribute to health of the reef such as water quality improvement, waste management and pest management,” he said.
“Given our close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, it’s important we play our part in ensuring the environmental sustainability of this natural wonder.”
The Milestone Report details the actions taken by Council during the 2014-2015 year including:
• Installation of gross pollutant traps at the Cannonvale Botanic Gardens and Campbell Creek to improve water quality;• Erosion and sediment control training for developers and contractors; • Control activities in relation to feral pigs at wetlands of national significance (Abbot Point, Goorganga and Birralee); • Control and baiting of predatory pest animals along beaches (e.g. turtle egg predation by foxes around Bowen) and coastal areas; • Conway Beach weed control and litter removal (partnership with Reef Catchments) - Herbicide rebate scheme; • Management of pest plants and stakeholder coordination with regional pest groups;• Development of biodiversity, waterways and wetlands overlays for new Draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme; • River to Reef – Mackay Whitsunday Report Card;• Waste management and recycling stations;• Involvement in community activities such as Clean Up Australia Day;• Coastal Councils Adaptation Taskforce
The Reef Guardian Action Plan is reviewed and updated annually as is the Milestone Report which highlights the continuous improvements occurring across a range of Council activities
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