5 February 2014 –Activist group GetUP has launched an urgent campaign to fund a legal challenge to stop the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef after the Marine Park Authority paved the way for mining related dredging operations.

The authority had approved five million tonnes of dredge spoil to be dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

But if the authority, the mining industry, the Abbott government and Queensland premier Campbell Newman, expected that the decision would be “a kick in the guts for the environment movement – something that will deflate us, put us in our place and mark the end of this campaign….they’ve got another thing coming,” a GetUp media statement said.

A legal challenge will be mounted by the independent community law centre Environmental Defenders Office of Queensland and funded by GetUP supporters.

“The Federal Government isn’t expecting this kind of resistance. Right before Christmas, it inexplicably cut $10 million from Environmental Defenders’ Offices around the country.

“They thought this would make it easier to get away with the wanton destruction of our treasured environments. Now, they’ve got another thing coming.”

The aim is to raise $80,000 to pay for court fees, printing and overhead costs, and allowing expert witnesses to provide evidence, the statement said.

See the GetUP website.