Great Barrier Reef Case Study

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The Great Barrier Reef stretching 2300km along the coast of Queensland is the world’s biggest coral reef system. The GBR contains many plants, animals, habitats and heritage values to the extent that this diverse marine ecosystem has been established as a global natural treasure with world heritage listing. The Reef is also extremely important to industries and communities that depend on a healthy reef for employment/ income and their recreation.

Since the 1980’s there have been alarming reports coral cover of the GBR has decreased by 50% and the majority of coral loss can be traced to human impacts from deteriorating water quality. Importantly it is the declining resilience of reefs that poses the greatest danger of reefs
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It has marked labels containing the World heritage area and Region Boundary, Great Barrier Reef Region, Great barrier Reef Marine Park, Great Barrier Reed Marine Park Management Area, Great Barrier Reef Province and Major Catchment Boundary.

An oppose was commenced to the Gladstone Port Corporation that the Western Basin Dredging and Disposal project may have affected the environment of the Great Barrier Reef. In the answer to that a Letter to all the Federal Parliaments and Queensland state Parliament,
Gladstone Port Corporation (GPC) Chairman Mr. Ian Brusasco, the CEO of GPC Leo Zussino outlined that the Dredging site is inside the Gladstone harbour and is around 40 km away from the start point of Great Barrier Reef.

Gladstone Port Corporation and Character Description:
Gladstone Ports Corporation are a Company Government Owned Corporation (GOC), that are responsible for importing raw material and exporting finished products that are associated with major industries in Central Queensland. They are in control of three Port precincts - the Port of Gladstone, Port Alma Shipping Terminal and Port of Bundaberg, and operate the three projects. They were formed 1914 and have been a vital part of the Gladstone community for over 100 years, and are the epicentre for economic growth for
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Our current master planning processes, led by the Queensland Government, are currently undertaken for the Port Gladstone in response to the Reef 2050 long Sustainability Plan released by the Australian Government in March 2015. The proposed boundary of Port Gladstone master planning area does not include Port Alma or the Fitzroy Delta and the North Curtis Island and Keppel Bay which are outside the area of Port Gladstone. Port master planning will provide for the long-term sustainable development of the Port of Gladstone. The Land use plans that are designed are required to be reviewed and remade after every eight years and any reviewed plan of the Land use will need to take into consideration the outcome of the master planning of Port Gladstone. As the port master planning for Gladstone will not apply to Port Alma, the Land Use Plan will continue to be used by Gladstone Ports Corporation to regulate development within existing Strategic Port Land at Port

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