The QLD government is spending 1 million dollars on a private reef development to exploit tourism opportunities at Lady Musgrave Island on the southern tip of the world heritage protected site.
The plan is to build a floating hotel in the form of a 36x12 meter pontoon anchored inside the reef to accommodate up to 24 people.
The issue is the reef surrounding Lady Musgrave Island has taken damage from existing tourism, storms, climate change, run off and dredging with substantial areas giving way to bleaching and plant growth (not corals).
Construction and further tourist traffic will greatly increase the rate of destruction.
The minster says the partnership is expected to support 6 jobs when operational, but at what long term cost?
This government funded exploitation of the reef should be stopped and a proper risk assessment be undertaken.
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Link to official Qld Govt statement
GBRMPA's Management Plan for Lady Musgrave Island
Jul 5, 2019 —
The 1989 Management Plan lays out the following 3 reasons why a floating hotel or semi-permanent moored vessel is not permitted:
(a) Floating overnight accommodation could detract natural values of the island and reef.
(b) The island is ecologically unable to cope with the pressure of a nearby floating structure.
(c) Traditional use patterns would be disrupted.
Check out the 1989 plan here