Ports Australia welcomes long term plan for the Great Barrier Reef

Posted by on 15 September 2014

Ports Australia has welcomed the release of the joint Commonwealth-State Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan for public comment.

Ports Australia CEO, David Anderson, said the plan will play an important part in the sustainable management of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

Mr Anderson said, “Ports have worked collaboratively with other partner members and have made positive contributions to meet targets and provide positive actions on port planning and delivery of environmental outcomes, including leading practice management of dredging.”

Ports Australia, as the peak national body representing port authorities and corporations, has been an active participant in the process that led to development of the draft plan.

Mr Anderson said the plan demonstrated the good progress and on-going commitment by ports in managing and protecting the GBR.

“Ports Australia is committed to working with all levels of government to implement the Reef2050 plan. We are encouraged by the partnership approach facilitated by government.

“Future steps in developing sector by sector and regional implementation plans for all human activities will be instrumental in the successful delivery of the Reef 2050 Plan’s targets and objectives.

“Ongoing collaboration and sound policy making is critical if Australia is to protect the Reef and balance environmental management with economic and social prosperity,” Mr Anderson said.

He said the GBR was a large, complex system with multiple users and while ports have been the focus of attention lately, the plan rightly identifies the critical need for action across all sectors.

“The plan is a demonstration of the proactive environmental management of ports and that there is a much good work already done, and it embodies further improvements, which will see ports continuing to play their part in the management effort.”