|Sector||Value per year|
|Primary Industries||$1390 million|
|Nature-based Tourism||$2850 million|
|Recreational Fishing||$210 million|
Action is the Cheapest Option
The good news is that a few simple changes can reverse the decline of the Bay and waterways and save Queensland around $2 billion by 2031.
And that's only the payoff to government and the community. With industries that depend on healthy waterways and the Bay currently worth more than $5 billion per year it makes good economic sense to protect what is arguably South East Queensland's greatest economic asset.
Recent studies have shown that to turn the situation around an investment of $78 million is needed in the next three years. Among other things that would stop 20,000 tonnes of sediment entering SEQ waterways per year by 2014! Long term the total investment over twenty years is likely to be around $500 million.
That's a lot of money! Or is it?
It's about the same as we're spending this year alone on widening just one 8km section of the Ipswich Motorway between Dinmore and Goodna.
Doing Nothing is Expensive!
There are severe environmental, economic and social problems in store if we continue to let things slide.
Habitat loss and lowered water quality will cause freshwater fish and invertebrate species to decline and an economic loss for commercial fishing operations in and around the Bay.
Mangroves, vital as fish nurseries, and other estuary species will gradually disappear while marine species such as turtles and dugongs will suffer from the loss of seagrass areas.
Declining water quality poses a significant risk to human health. The health and environmental problems being suffered in Gladstone Harbour right now are examples of the serious implications of pollution.
Two Economic Consequences of Unhealthy Waterways
Increased water treatment costs.
The expected 10-20% increase in sediments by 2031will add more than $32 million per year
Downturn in nature based tourism
A 10% drop in numbers due to the poor condition of the Bay would lose the industry $4 billion by 2031
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