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Thursday, 15 October 2015
Page: 7776


Senator LAZARUS (Queensland) (12:31): I move:

That the Senate:

(a) notes that ReefBlitz is an important initiative providing an opportunity to discover, identify and record the plants and animals living in and around the Great Barrier Reef that will take place in Townsville, Queensland, on 16 October and 17 October 2015;

(b) acknowledges the valuable contribution of ReefBlitz in educating the community and promoting the unique marine environment in the Great Barrier Reef, and also in generating tourism in north Queensland;

(c) commends the sponsors, organisers, participants, and the numerous volunteers who enable ReefBlitz to take place each year; and

(d) calls on the Government to recognise the importance of ecological sustainability in and around the Great Barrier Reef and other protected marine areas in and around Australia.