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Reef Facts


The facts

The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s most treasured natural wonders and a region that is critical to the economic and social wellbeing of Queenslanders.

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What’s being done

The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring the Great Barrier Reef continues to be one of the best-known and iconic marine protected areas in the world.

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World Heritage and UNESCO

In June 2011 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee requested Australia undertake a comprehensive strategic assessment of the World Heritage Area to ensure its outstanding universal value was protected.

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Abbot Point

The approved dredge disposal site is located about 25 kilometres from the port and falls within the general use zone of the Great Barrier Reef marine park. The area of the dredge disposal site is 0.0005 per cent of the total area of the great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef stretches 2300 kilometres of coastline and contains a maze of around 3000 coral reefs and 1050 islands and cays.


Around two million tourists visit the Great Barrier Reef each year, supporting around 67,000 jobs.

Reef health

Major causes of coral loss since 1985 are:

  • 48% storms and cyclones
  • 42% crowns of thorns starfish
  • 10% bleaching.

Queensland government initiatives

The Queensland Government invests $35 million a year to improve water quality, including:

  • $5.4 million to support graziers and cane growers to develop best management programs for their farms.

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  • Caring and Nurturing for the Great Barrier Reef
  • The Great Barrier Reef - Nature's Wonderland: there's so much to see and do.
  • eReefs: Providing water quality information for the Great Barrier Reef.
Last updated
7 March 2014