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Great Barrier Reef's future to be discussed by leaders

THE next Resource Industry Network's Industry Briefing will present the facts on how the Great Barrier Reef and economic and social growth can and do co-exist with careful management and dedicated expertise.  

The issue of the future of the Great Barrier Reef and the need for economic development and growth in the regions will be the key topic of discussion at the October 16 briefing.  

Resource Industry Network Chairman, Tony Caruso, said the common debate in the media, and amongst policy makers and advocacy groups, is usually in the context of the Great Barrier Reef versus economic development and growth.  

"The question is asked 'Can there be a balance between environmental improvement needs and maximization of gross regional product and broader economic return?' and it seems the answer, in their view, is the two cannot operate together.  

"We don't believe that is the case and have brought together representatives of the two sides of the debate to clear up the many mixed messages."  

Mr Caruso said Resource Industry Network strongly encouraged anyone, whether they are involved in the resources sector or not, to come along and get the facts.  

The briefing will be held on October 16 at Ocean International Hotel from 6.45am - 9am.   Cost is $45 for members and $65 for non-members.  

To register go to their website.

Topics:  business environment great barrier reef industry mackay meeting resource


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