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Australia 'must protect' the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef should not go on a World Heritage danger list, according to a United Nations draft report.

However, it says Australia must carry out its commitments to protect the reef, including restoring water quality and limiting industrial activity nearby.

The final decision on its status will be made at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Germany next month.

Dr Steven Miles, Queensland Minister for Environment and Minister of the Great Barrier Reef, says finding the best result for the Queensland area is a fine balance.

  • 30 May 2015
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