Water quality and the Great Barrier Reef

As one of the world’s greatest natural attractions, the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is a natural icon to the Whitsundays. It supports a range of industries including tourism, recreation, commercial fishing and scientific research that collectively inject around $5.7 billion per year into Queensland’s regional economies.

The health of the marine ecosystems that make up the Great Barrier Reef are, however, being threatened by poor water quality entering the reef.

To stop this trend, Whitsunday Regional Council, in cooperation with its partners, are implementing a number of strategies and actions that improve the quality of water leaving its urban areas.

Such actions include:
  • A strategic erosion and sediment control enforcement process;
  • The delivery of erosion and sediment control training to contractors and developers;
  • The installation of Gross Pollutant Traps into the Whitsunday Botanic Gardens; and
  • The upgrade of the Proserpine Sewage Treatment Plant

To assist builders and developers in meeting their environmental obligations for soil and sediment control on their sites, Council has developed a number of fact sheets in collaboration with the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership. Fact Sheets are located on the right hand side.

Council Officers routinely inspect building and construction sites throughout the Region to ensure adequate soil and sediment procedures and practices are in place. If you are unsure of your obligations under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 regarding the control of soil and sediment, please contact Council’s Health and Environment for further information.

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