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Great Barrier Reef

Australia
Factors affecting the property in 2004*
  • Commercial development
  • Housing
  • Major visitor accommodation and associated infrastructure
  • Marine transport infrastructure
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2004
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 2004**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

On 22 January 2004 the World Heritage Centre received a report from an NGO, Wildlife Whitsunday, concerning a proposed project at Airlie Beach adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The proposed development project encompasses; a floating marina, residential development, commercial precinct, and connection to sewerage to allow discharge of vessels. The report highlights the potential environmental impacts associated with extensive disturbance of seagrass and mangroves as well as changes in hydrology.

 

The report was transmitted to IUCN and the State Party. The Centre received the response from the State Party on 12 March 2004. The State Party indicates that the proposal is being considered by the Queensland State Government and the Commonwealth (Australian) Government. Conditions will be placed, if the project is approved by the Australian Government, to ensure that it has no significant impacts on the World Heritage integrity of the Great Barrier Reef. The State Party has also indicated that Wildlife Whitsunday has also been in contact with the Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage on this matter.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2004
28 COM 15B.14
Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
The World Heritage Committee,

1. Acknowledges receipt of the State Party’s report with clarifications on the proposed development project at Airlie Beach adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage property;

2. Requests that the State Party keep the World Heritage Centre and IUCN informed on the status of the proposed development project at Airlie Beach and the proposed measures to avoid any potential impact it may have on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage property.

Draft Decision: 28 COM 15B.14

 The World Heritage Committee,

 1.  Acknowledges receipt of the State Party’s report with clarifications on the proposed development project at Airlie Beach adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage property;

2.  Requests that the State Party keep the World Heritage Centre and IUCN informed on the status of the proposed development project at Airlie Beach and the proposed measures to avoid any potential impacts it may have on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage property.

Report year: 2004
Australia
Date of Inscription: 1981
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(viii)(ix)(x)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 28COM (2004)
Exports

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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