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UNESCO: Great Barrier Reef at risk from coal ports

The Daily Mercury reported on June 4 2013 that Australia only narrowly avoided having UNESCO rate the heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park labelled "in danger".

The finding is an indictment of the lack of adequate action by state and federal governments to properly protect the Reef.

UNESCO pointed to the risks of continued development of major gas and coal developments near the reef, and expressly told the Queensland Government to "ensure that no port developments or associated port infrastructure are permitted outside the existing and long-established major port areas within or adjoining the property."

The report highlights the importance of curtailing the expansion of the coal ports at Dudgeon Point south of Mackay and Abbot Point at Bowen.

Sign the petition calling on the Federal Environment to reject the massive expansion of the Dudgeon Point coal port.

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