Mareeba Shire Council become Reef Guardians

Published: 22/07/2014

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

Reef Guardian Councils is an innovative GBRMPA program that recognises councils’ local environmental efforts and encourages environmental stewardship.

GBRMPA Director Tourism and Stewardship Karen Vohland said the participants in the Reef Guardian Council program led the way in environmentally sustainable practices in their regions bringing real benefits for their local communities and the Reef.

“Mareeba Shire Council has a unique connection to the Great Barrier Reef through the waterways that flow out to the Great Barrier Reef.

“We believe Mareeba Shire Council is in a great position to highlight the catchment to reef connection and demonstrate that they are committed to achieving positive environmental outcomes for the Shire and the reef more broadly.

"We welcome them to the Reef Guardian ‘family’ and look forward to working closely with them in the future”, Ms Vohland said.

Mareeba Shire Council implements a number of measures to ensure the Shire's environmental sustainability. Undertaking land protection and pest management work, monitoring water quality for water and waste services and conditioning for appropriate development are some of the ways that Mareeba Shire Council contributes to protecting the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

"In making this commitment the Mareeba Shire Council has demonstrated that it has a clear understanding of the need to protect this great natural asset, the Barrier Reef," Mareeba Shire Council Mayor Tom Gilmore said.

"As mayor I am proud of the way in which our Council and its staff conduct our business in protecting the reef, but as a council we are equally proud of the steps taken by our agricultural community in adapting their practices to contribute to the health of the land and the reef," Mayor Cr Tom Gilmore said.

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

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