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Great Barrier Reef: Green groups say 2050 plan does nothing to address climate change

Sun 22 March 2015
Conservation groups are united in their criticism of the Reef 2050 plan which is designed to protect and save the Great Barrier Reef.

PM pledges $100m to keep Great Barrier Reef off UN’s ‘in danger’ list

Sun 22 March 2015
AN EXTRA $100 million has been tipped into a rescue package to halt damage to the Great Barrier Reef and remove it from the threat of the UN’s internationally embarrassing “in danger” listing.

Final Reef 2050 plan an improvement but still falls short for long-term protection for the Reef

Sat 21 March 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has today expressed its disappointment that the Government’s 2050 Plan for the Great Barrier Reef does not go far enough and falls short of the mark to protect the Reef

Abbott promises $100m for the Great Barrier Reef

Sat 21 March 2015
UPDATE: AUSTRALIA'S Prime Minister Tony Abbott Is serious about protecting the Great Barrier Reef if his words today on Hamilton Island are to be believed.

Vale Malcolm Fraser

Fri 20 March 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today paid tribute to the significant legacy and commitment to marine conservation of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.

Dredging 'increases barrier reef risks'

Fri 20 March 2015
Opening up Queensland's Galilee coal basin would be the death knell for the Great Barrier Reef, a scientist says.

World’s Largest Coal Mine Development Could Mean the Death of the Great Barrier Reef

Fri 20 March 2015
According to scientist Professor Terry Hughes, director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, if Queensland’s Galilee coal basin is opened it could mean a death sentence to the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef dumping ban wins little praise

Mon 16 March 2015
The Australian government is confident it can stave off a downgrading of the Great Barrier Reef's health status by UNESCO but lobby groups remain unconvinced.

Dredge spoil dumping ban in Reef Marine Park a welcome start but missed opportunity for long-term protection

Mon 16 March 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has today welcomed as a start, the Federal Government’s release of draft regulations to ban dumping of capital dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park protected from spoil

Mon 16 March 2015
Dredge spoil from any new project – or any previously proposed project – can no longer be dumped in the 345,000 square kilometres of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has announced.

Great Barrier Reef dumping ban a missed opportunity, say green groups

Mon 16 March 2015
There is a loophole in the federal government's "complete ban" on dumping dredge spoil on the Great Barrier Reef, green groups say.

Barrier Reef gets dredging spoil ban

Mon 16 March 2015
MARK COLVIN: The Federal Government's moved to ban the disposal of dredging sediment within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Abbot Point Coal Terminal ... Version 3

Thu 12 March 2015
A new deal has been struck on where to dump dredge spoil from the contentious expansion of the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.

Do more to keep reef off 'in danger' list: WWF, AMCS

Wed 11 March 2015
MORE action is needed to prevent the Great Barrier Reef being put on a World Heritage sites "in danger" list, environmental groups say.

New dredging deal for Qld coal port

Wed 11 March 2015
Queensland's largest coal mine is a step closer to reality after a new port dredging deal was struck.

When will Minister Hunt walk the talk and ban dumping in the Reef’s waters?

Tue 10 March 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has today called on Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt to release the draft regulations for his proposed ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which he promised in January.

Fresh bet on an old roughy

Tue 10 March 2015
Once it was our white table fish of choice. Then came one of Australia's worst fishery collapses and it was inscribed as a founding member of the "bad fish" list.

Great Barrier Reef in dire straits without extra $500m and ban on dumping

Tue 10 March 2015
Environment groups tell UN’s world heritage committee that some causes of reef’s fading health are not being addressed

UN told Aus not doing enough for reef

Tue 10 March 2015
Green groups have told the UN that Australia isn't doing enough to protect the Great Barrier Reef

Moomba Festival Melbourne Birdman, Olympian takes the plunge

Sun 8 March 2015
At 73, the former Olympian has earned the right to put up his feet in retirement. But instead, he’ll dive headfirst into the Yarra’s milky brown waters for the annual Birdman Rally today.

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