Grant funding of $3.5 million is now available to help tackle marine debris entering the Great Barrier Reef.
Marine debris is one the key threats facing the Reef. Debris, such as plastics, can threaten the biodiversity of the Reef, impact on its tourism appeal and be fatal for its marine life.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Debris Management and Mitigation program will support debris removal and prevention activities.
This includes community engagement, targeted education and awareness raising, to prevent litter from entering Reef waterways.
By encouraging greater community participation and involvement, including with First Nations peoples, the program will establish networks and key partnerships to support the management and mitigation of debris in the Great Barrier Reef.
It will reduce the threat marine debris poses for coral, turtles, dugongs and seabirds. It will also mitigate the impact marine debris can have on tourism, recreation and fishing activities.
Funding is available from 2023‒24 to 2026‒27 through the first round of the program.
This funding is part of the Australian Government’s $1.2 billion investment to protect and restore the Great Barrier Reef.
Applications close on 11 August 2023. Apply at the business.gov.au website.