Healthy Reef Healthy Environment Healthy Economy
Queensland needs a healthy economy and a healthy economy needs a healthy environment.
Our Great Barrier Reef supports over 60,000 jobs and injects over $6 billion into the Australian economy annually and protecting it has always been a priority for the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
Aligning with our Regional Economic Recovery Plans, we have also provided almost $34 million to support jobs, our tourism sector and local tradespeople in our Reef communities. This includes fee waivers for our marine tourism operators, funding new small-scale infrastructure in our National Parks, and the Reef Assist Program that is supporting almost 130 nature-based jobs.
Our reef is one of our strongest tourism assets that's why we will invest $40 million into the Reef and hinterlands to accelerate water quality improvements, protect more areas, and improve access to our Great Barrier Reef region on land and sea.
We will also deliver more action on plastic pollution. The LNP left our environmental protections in tatters, cut jobs, and cut the funding that is needed to keep our environment healthy and keep people in work.
Only Labor will protect the Reef, protect our environment, and protect the jobs that depend on them.