Australia is returning to a mining boom that started before the Great Barrier Reef was even hit by the biggest coral bleaching event on record.
Key points:The mining boom has been going for nearly 20 years, but has come to a halt with the Great Bleaching eventA survey of more than 5,000 Australians found a big majority believe mining is a negative factorThe survey found Australians believe mining has caused the Great Reef to become scarred and stressed, but not all are convincedThat’s despite a raft of studies and government declarations over the past decade that mining is not to blame for the reef’s health problems.
“I have a lot of respect for the scientists,” Dr David MacKay said.
“They’ve done a very good job.
They’ve found there’s no connection between mining and the bleaching, they haven’t found a link between mining pollution and the damage to the reef.”
But it’s not all doom and gloom.
In fact, the Great Coral Reef has not been hit by a major coral bleach event since 2000, but many say there’s plenty of room for optimism.
“There are plenty of good people in the mining industry,” Dr MacKay told ABC News.
“The industry is not doing badly, and we’re looking at the reef as one of the best places to mine, the safest place to mine.”
So the reef is in pretty good shape.
“And Dr MacKays optimism is tempered by a lot more research.
The first survey of 5,500 Australians took place in October last year and the findings are the latest to show the Great Blame is not the sole culprit behind the reef bleaching.”
Some people will say there is no link between the reef and the mining,” Dr McKay said of the results.”
But they don’t understand the reef because it is such a big place.
“Dr MacKay says the Great Barrens Reef has been a safe place to live for most of the last 20 years and is no longer scarred by the Great Coronavirus.”
If you think about it, the reef has been doing pretty well since 2000,” Dr Jack says.”
It’s a big thing to be honest, the reefs have recovered, so we’re back in the golden age of the Great Australian Reef.
“Dr Jack says a lot can change in five years.”
For example, in the last decade, we’ve seen a number of big events like the Queensland Coral Reef Marine Park being devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.””
There are a lot different problems that can come from the mining.”
For example, in the last decade, we’ve seen a number of big events like the Queensland Coral Reef Marine Park being devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“And now, with COVID, we have a massive influx of tourists coming to Australia, they’ve got a new mining industry that’s growing and they’ve seen the reef get hit hard.”
The Reef Watch program, funded by the Australian Government and supported by the Queensland Government, will explore the science behind Australia’s Great Barrier Breaches.