1.         Great Barrier Reef (Australia) (N 154)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1981

Criteria  (vii)(viii)(ix)(x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/154/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/154/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/154/

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.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 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 impact it may have on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage property.