Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday, April 18, 2016. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday, April 18, 2016. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING MICK TSIKAS

Advisory groups call for urgent action to save the reef

ENVIRONMENT Minister Greg Hunt's two independent advisory groups on the Great Barrier Reef have called on the government to urgently speed up action on water quality issues and cutting greenhouse gas emissions to save the reef.

The two advisory panels to the Reef 2050 Plan include eminent scientists and industry, community and environment groups.

They urged the government to "accelerate action" to reduce poor water quality on the reef with "efforts to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions", and said it was critical that a reef-wide monitoring program demonstrated "progress within two years" if the reef was to avoid irreversible damage.

Mr Hunt flew to Cairns yesterday to announce $50 million in funding for "new projects" to boost water quality.

Greens Senator Larissa Waters welcomed the funding to fight the reef's worst coral bleaching event on record, but said it was money that had allocated in last year's budget


Motorcyclist in serious condition after early morning crash

Motorcyclist in serious condition after early morning crash

A motorbike rider has been hospitalised after a Peregian Beach crash

Webb passing on her KOM winning ways

Webb passing on her KOM winning ways

King of the Mountain on again

Cooroy to Noosa reduces to 80km/h

Cooroy to Noosa reduces to 80km/h

Speed limit brought down for safety