Greg Hunt makes environmental funding announcement in Bli Bli

Labor's $500m reef spend 'bureaucracy': Greg Hunt in Bli Bli

ENVIRONMENT Minister Greg Hunt has labelled the Labor Party's $500m pledge towards improving the Great Barrier Reef as an exercise in "bureaucracy and bureaucrats rather than water quality".  

Speaking in Bli Bli this morning, the LNP Minister said his party had already announced $460 million of new funding to help the Reef.  

ANNOUNCEMENT: DASSI chairman Mick Fewquandi with Environment Minister Greg Hunt and candidate for Fairfax Ted O'Brien in Bli Bli yesterday.
ANNOUNCEMENT: DASSI chairman Mick Fewquandi with Environment Minister Greg Hunt and candidate for Fairfax Ted O'Brien in Bli Bli yesterday. Sophie Meixner

Mr Hunt said his party's plan would directly combat coral bleaching and other problems plaguing the World Heritage area.  

"When you drill down to what Labor announced yesterday there was $370 million of new funding and of that $100 million goes to bureaucracy," he said.  

"We're slightly astonished that instead of putting money into water quality, into wetlands rehabilitation, into reducing sediment and nitrogen and nutrients, that there's money for bureaucracy and bureaucrats."

When unveiling the Labor policy in Cairns on Monday, Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten said the Reef was in "peril" and the $500m fund would go towards research, co-ordination, and environmental programs.  

Reef policy has been a hot issue so far this campaign with scientists estimating mass coral bleaching events have decimated 35% of corals in northern and central parts of the Reef.  


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