The Isaac Regional Council has signed up to be a Reef Guardian Council for the 2020-2024 period and will join other councils in leading the nation in driving local action to support a healthy Great Barrier Reef.

Last week the Council re-committed to the Reef Guardian Council program, a partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Mayor Anne Baker said the Council took the Reef Guardian role very seriously.

“It’s important that we build Reef health so it is in the best possible condition,” Mayor Baker said.

“The Council is planning a range of Reef Guardian Council activities over the next four-year term, including approving several projects identified in the Clermont Water Sustainability Strategy, such as clear-water tank upgrades to the Capricorn Street tower, work on the Theresa Creek Dam spillway and constructing a new five-million-litre treated water reservoir.”

The Authority’s Assistant Director for Regional Engagement Carolyn Roche said the Isaac region had an important role to play as a Reef champion and leader of change.

“No only through these examples of projects to improve the quality of water being released to the Reef, but by working together we harness the power of collective action. We expect at least 18 local governments in the Reef catchment will sign up to be Reef Guardians for the next four years.

“We have seen that local action can really move the world.

“Through the Reef Guardian Council program, we hope to spread the message that people taking action now – however small – will help the Reef. This is a mission for everyone, everywhere.

“These councils are keen to empower their communities to make a difference. It’s a very important and powerful message to send to the rest of the Australia and to the world.”

More information on the Reef Guardian Council program can be found on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website.

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Image: Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker

For more information please contact:

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority E: media@grbmpa.gov.au P: 4750 0846