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Working to Protect the Great Barrier Reef

The Queensland Government works with a range of partners to ensure the Great Barrier Reef remains one of the best managed marine areas in the world.

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Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan released

A new 35-year plan guiding the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef has been released for comment.

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World Heritage and UNESCO

The Australian and Queensland governments work with UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee on a number of actions to ensure the reef’s outstanding universal value remains protected for future generations.

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Abbot Point Port

The Queensland Government has announced a long-term plan for port development at Abbot Point that will see dredge material disposed of on land rather than at sea.

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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 69,000 jobs.

Reef health

Major causes of coral loss since 1985 are:

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

Working to Protect the Great Barrier Reef

The Queensland Government is committed to protecting the Great Barrier Reef for future generations. A range of initiatives are in place with partners to manage water quality, crown-of-thorns starfish, wetlands, dredging and more.

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  • 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
14 October 2014