Report released - Costing water quality management for the Great Barrier Reef

Report released - Costing water quality management for the Great Barrier Reef

12.08.2016 - Posted by Steve Skull

Alluvium’s work costing the various policy options for reducing sediment and nitrogen run-off across the reef catchments, has now been released by the Queensland Government.  Our sincere thanks to everyone on the project team, the input from the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Water Science Taskforce and the reviewers involved in the two peer review processes. Special thanks to Jane Waterhouse, John Brodie, Jim Binney, Megan Star and Jeremy Cheesman.
This was a big, complex and important job and the first time a GBR wide costing exercise of this nature had ever been undertaken.  The study developed a framework to calculate the cost of various policy actions and their contribution to the delivery of environmental outcomes for the reef, which will inform better decision-making at a regional scale into the future.
The work concluded that for the policy solutions and actions investigated, it would cost $8.2 billion to meet the maximum targets across four out of five catchments and make good progress towards the maximum targets in the Wet Tropics by 2025.  The largest costs are attributed to reducing sediment in the Fitzroy and Burdekin catchments.  Targeting the most cost-effective measures will make significant progress towards the targets for much less than the full $8.2 billion cost, which provides valuable time to find cheaper ways to deliver the expensive last steps in improving water quality.

The report and other documents including a fact sheet can be found at:
And the conversation article can be found at: