Local council celebrates commitment to protect the Reef

Published: 03/12/2014

Douglas Shire Council today showed its commitment to protecting the Great Barrier Reef by partnering with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to become a Reef Guardian Council.

The Douglas Shire stretches from the rainforest to Reef in Far North Queensland and its residents have strong cultural, social and economic connections to the Reef catchment.

GBRMPA Chairman Russell Reichelt said the participants in the Reef Guardian Council program led the way in environmentally sustainable approaches that had real benefits for their local communities and the Reef.

“Reef Guardian Councils is an innovative program that recognises councils’ local environmental projects and encourages them to foster environmental stewardship,” he said.

“The program provides councils with a great opportunity to broaden current on-ground work and engage with local residents on how we all have a part to play in ensuring the Reef is healthy for future generations.

“We are proud to welcome Douglas Shire Council on board as a Reef Guardian Council and we look forward to working closely with them in the future,” said Mr Reichelt.

Douglas Shire Council Mayor Cr Julia Leu said they were proud to formalise their partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and become a Reef Guardian Council.

“The Reef is critical to the livelihoods of many of our residents and we want to do everything we can to ensure the health of the Reef and the neighbouring catchment for generations to come.”

Between Bundaberg and Cooktown there are 15 Reef Guardian Councils, covering an area of 300,000 square kilometres and a population of almost 900,000 people.

Further information about the Reef Guardian Council program is available at www.gbrmpa.gov.au.

Name: GBRMPA Media
Contact: (07) 4750 0846