Australia currently boasts 41 sites of natural and cultural significance on the global World Heritage list, including Queensland’s Fraser Island, Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics.
The Greens want to see Cape York Peninsula added to the World Heritage list with traditional owner consent, and listing of Tasmania’s spectacular Tarkine forests.
Sadly the Government is falling well short in upholding our international obligations to look after our world heritage. UNESCO have expressed “extreme concern” about the dredging and industrial development in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
The Greens will continue to work for world-class protection and management of our World Heritage Areas.
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08 Mar 2011
The Australian Greens have condemned plans to explore for oil and gas at a depth of over 5km just 50km off WA's world-famous Ningaloo reef and are calling on the Federal Government to reject the proposal.
07 Jan 2010
The Australian Greens have welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of its nomination of WA's Ningaloo Reef to the World Heritage list, however they are concerned about the boundaries of the area nominated.
“As Australia's largest fringing coral reef and an area that has a fascinating array of land and marine ecosystems, Ningaloo certainly deserves this nomination, which is why the Greens have been calling for it for some time," the Greens' Marine Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert said.
30 Oct 2009
The Australian Greens today commended Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett's decision to knock back a plan to build a huge resort on Great Keppel Island.
"This was clearly the right decision to make, and I welcome the stance of Minister Garrett," said Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.
"A project of this magnitude would have disastrous effects on the surrounding environment and ecosystems. The resort would have placed unacceptable pressures on the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage marine park."
20 Oct 2009
The Australian Greens have welcomed news this morning that Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is likely to be nominated to the World Heritage List in February 2010.
20 Oct 2009
ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS
Senator SIEWERT—I want to ask about Ningaloo and the progress on the potential World Heritage listing of Ningaloo. The last time we discussed this, if I recall rightly, you were still discussing it with the Western Australian government. There were some negotiations over the various proposed boundaries. I am looking for an update about where we are with those negotiations and whether there has been any progress.
Mr Bailey—Yes, there certainly has, Senator. The minister has been conducting those discussions with the Western Australian Premier and the environment minister in Western Australia. They met earlier this month to continue that discussion. We believe that those discussions will be concluded and the nomination will still be submitted before the 1 February deadline in 2010.
19 Feb 2008
The Australian Greens welcomed confirmation in Senate Estimates that the Government would finally move of World Heritage protection for Ningaloo Reef.
It was confirmed in Estimates yesterday that the Federal Government plans to nominate Ningaloo Reef for the 2009 round of World Heritage listing.
18 Feb 2008
The Australian Greens were shocked to learn in Senate Estimates today that $6 Million set aside for protecting biodiversity hotspots has not been spent and will be handed back to Treasury.
06 Feb 2008
The release of a report by the Auditor General's Office today foregrounds ongoing concerns with the lack of accountability for delivering outcomes of major environment and land care programs.