$3 million to be matched through fundraising to improve Reef water quality

The Queensland Government announced last Sunday it would provide $3 million to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation over the next three years, provided the private sector and philanthropists match it dollar for dollar to fund projects that will boost the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef Dr Steven Miles said “We will match every dollar the Foundation raises for priority water quality projects up to $1 million each year for three years, starting next financial year,” Dr Miles said.

“Projects will be aimed specifically at encouraging practical on-ground activities which will drive progress towards our ambitious Reef water quality targets’.

Great Barrier Reef Foundation Chairman Dr John Schubert welcomed the Queensland Government’s commitment to match public, corporate and philanthropic donations to the Foundation.

“We have seen a record number of enquiries and donations to the Foundation in recent months, as people become more aware of the major challenges facing the Reef, like the global coral bleaching event,’ Dr Schubert said.

“This commitment from the Queensland Government is only going to further motivate people to support the work we’re doing to ensure the Great Barrier Reef is here for future generations.

“I’d encourage everyone to visit the website at www.barrierreef.org to find out how to get involved, because everyone’s actions, big and small, can make a difference,’ he said.