INCREASED coral bleaching and poor water quality has prompted the State Government to ramp up progress on protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
It comes ahead of next week’s meeting between both state and federal environment departments and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre representatives in Switzerland.
The Palaszczuk Government this morning released its reef regulations discussion paper, highlighting the need for more work to be done on water quality targets.
The paper has proposed strengthening regulations to the state’s agricultural and development industries to improve water quality and run-off into the reef.
Minister for the Great Barrier Reef Steven Miles said there needed to be more progress done on improving the reef, which injects $6 billion into the Australian economy a year.