Funding boost to reduce rubbish on Reef

Dept of Climate Change, Energy, Environment & Water

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for the Environment and Water

Senator Nita Green, Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef

The Albanese Labor Government has announced it will invest $3.5 million to help protect the Great Barrier Reef from marine debris.

The funding will be used to fund local projects that clean up the waters flowing into the Reef, and reduce rubbish and waste in the community.

It will also help establish strong partnerships to encourage greater community participation and involvement, including with First Nations groups.

This funding is part of the Government’s record $1.2 billion investment to better protect and restore the precious Great Barrier Reef.

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Quotes attributable to the Minister for the Environment and Water, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP:

“Marine debris is one the biggest threats facing the Great Barrier Reef.

“Cigarette butts, plastic bags and single-use plastic bottles are the three most common types of rubbish found in the Reef’s marine environment.

“They can smother coral, choke turtles, and entangle dugongs and dolphins.

“Reducing the amount of rubbish entering the Reef is one of the most valuable, tangible actions we can take to protect it.

“Together with our record investment and increased climate action, this is another example of our commitment to protect the Reef and support the 64,000 jobs that rely on it.”

Quotes attributable to Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef, Senator Nita Green:

“This funding is just another way we’re looking after the health of the Great Barrier Reef, by empowering the communities that already love and care for it.

“Reducing the amount of waste that flows into the Reef is a key part in ensuring the safety and resilience of the Reef and the marine life that calls the Reef home.

“We know we still have a lot of work to do, but we’re committed to protecting and restoring the Great Barrier Reef for generations to come.”

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