Dumping ban must extend to entire Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site
Eighty percent of recent dumping has occurred just outside the marine park, which means that dredge plumes can easily drift into these protected waters. A WWF analysis released last month found that dredging and dumping can have “devastating impacts” on the marine environment.
“The Queensland state government has an election commitment to ban dumping in the entire World Heritage Site,” said O’Gorman. “The strongest level of protection for the reef would be provided by a World Heritage Site ban introduced by both levels of government. That’s why we reaffirm our call for a federal dumping ban over the entire World Heritage Site.”
“It’s crucial that the federal and Queensland government bans are enacted before the World Heritage Committee meets in June to consider declaring the reef as World Heritage in danger,” he said.