The Australian Government has allocated $26.9 million over four years to refurbish and upgrade Reef HQ Aquarium.
This is a timely investment of the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, to bring it up to the required standard and give it a new lease on life.
Reef HQ Aquarium is the national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef and plays a vital role in educating visitors on the values of the Great Barrier Reef and what they can do to help protect the Reef for future generations.
The Aquarium is also a key tourism draw card for North Queensland, which in turn helps boost the regional economy and the tourism industry.
The upgrade to the infrastructure at our 32 year old Aquarium will include many of Reef HQ’s facilities, as well as the Turtle Hospital, predator tank and coral reef exhibit.
During the temporary closure, expected to be about 12 months from February 2021, the animals and their environments will be maintained. Staff will be focused on planning for a grand re-opening and maintaining the animals and system during this time.
Our top priority is the safety of staff, volunteers and visitors. We conduct regular workplace health and safety risk assessments and there are no safety issues currently at the facility that would require us to close before the planned maintenance begins from early 2021.
The temporary aquarium closure in no way impacts the work of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority which will continue its important work to protect this amazing, world-revered natural icon.
Further information for members, business partners and visitors will be available after planning is completed in the coming months.