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.
Yesterday Department of Environment and Heritage officials confirmed that the region would be nominated by 1st Feb 2009 for final consideration by the world heritage body in mid 2010.
The boundary for the nomination has not been finalised by the State and Federal governments.
"I'm extremely pleased that the Commonwealth and WA Governments have now committed to a nomination by 2009, after years of inaction by the previous federal government," said Australian Green Senator Rachel Siewert.
"Not only is Ningaloo renown for its whale sharks, manta rays and incredible diversity scientists also believe that its unique location and history means it is more likely to be resilient to climate change."
"It is so important that this reef is given the upmost protection and management."
"There is no doubt in my mind that this unique reef will easily make it onto the World Heritage list once it is nominated," she concluded.