Native Australian forest set to be bulldozed, with potentially terrible consequences for the Great Barrier Reef

Native Australian forest set to be bulldozed, with potentially terrible consequences for the Great Barrier Reef

- Experts have cautioned that runoff caused by the clearing is likely to damage the neighbouring Great Barrier Reef, and the forest itself is home to endangered species including the northern quoll.

- Nevertheless, a draft report from the Department of Environment has recommended that the clearance of forest at Kingvale Station in northern Queensland should go ahead, subject to certain conditions.

- The move comes shortly after the Australian government committed AUD $500m (£278m) to shielding the Great Barrier Reef from harm.

- Besides rising temperatures and coral bleaching – which led to “catastrophic die-offs” of large areas of coral in 2016 – poor water quality is one of the biggest threats facing the Great Barrier Reef.

- However, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority stated that during floods the clearing “is almost guaranteed” to result in sediment entering Princess Charlotte Bay.

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