The Reef Guardian program showcases environmentally sustainable practices undertaken by councils in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
The program recognises that effective management and protection of the Reef requires a coordinated effort from industries, communities and all levels of government.
There are 17 councils between Bundaberg and Cooktown in the Reef Guardian Councils program, undertaking a range of projects. This covers a 300,000 square kilometre area and a population of almost 900,000 people.
These councils are working together to protect and conserve the Marine Park through activities that improve the health and resilience of the Reef.
Many local residents assume their councils only deal with rates, roads and rubbish, but Reef Guardian Councils are doing much more than this in an effort to protect one of our greatest natural wonders; the Great Barrier Reef.
REEF GUARDIAN COUNCILS UNDERTAKE ENVIRONMENTAL
INITIATIVES IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Reef Guardian Councils have an important role in planning for sustainable population growth, approving environmentally sound developments, and preparing the community for climate change impacts.
Whether Reef Guardian Councils and their communities are large or small, they are all making a continuous effort in implementing improvements to help the Great Barrier Reef.