Joint media release: $28.5 million for Reef coastal restoration projects

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for the Environment and Water
Senator Nita Green, Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef, Senator for Queensland

The Albanese Labor Government is investing $28.5 million to support restoration and rehabilitation of coastal habitats on the Great Barrier Reef. 

18 projects have been awarded grants of up to $2 million to deliver activities that will have widespread benefits for coastal ecosystems in the Reef. 

This includes rehabilitating and restoring blue carbon ecosystems, such as seagrasses, mangroves, saltmarsh, and wetlands. 

Funding will also support Reef water quality improvements, as well as better protection for vital habitats for precious Reef marine life, like dugongs and turtles. 

The projects will: 

  • increase resilience of seagrass meadows, which provide shelter and food to the Reef’s diverse animals including fish, turtles, dugongs and birds.

  • provide Traditional Owners and community members with new skills and experience to lead and scale restoration and monitoring projects across the Reef.

  • improve Reef water quality by stabilising shorelines and mitigating streambank erosion to reduce sediment runoff into the Reef catchment 

  • support collaboration with Traditional Owners to accelerate the recovery of ecosystems, including those impacted by extreme weather events due to climate change. 

Quotes attributable to the Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek:

“The Great Barrier Reef is one of our most precious natural assets. That’s why we are investing in programs to restore and protect the Reef for our kids and grandkids.

“The health of coastal ecosystems like mangroves and seagrass meadows are crucial to the survival of endangered turtle species and the culturally significant dugong.

"This funding will mean Traditional Owners and environment groups can help look after the Reef by eradicating feral animals, preventing erosion, and restoring critical habitat like wetlands and saltmarshes.”

Quotes attributable to Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef, Senator Nita Green: 

“These grants will allow us to build resilience and future-proof the Reef. 

“Improving the health and resilience of Reef coastal habitats and ecosystems will also contribute  towards water quality targets.

“These vital projects will be delivered by trusted, local experts who know exactly where to target investment to get the best results.”

Funding recipients and projects:

Funding recipient



Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management Ltd

Mangroves and Blue CO2: Restoring Sea Country in Southern Reef Catchments


Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd 

Eastern Cape York Coastal Wetland Restoration


Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Inc

Cape York East Coast Pond Apple Maintenance and Control Project


Catchment Solutions Pty Ltd

Large Scale Streambank Rehabilitation on the Lower Fitzroy River


Ecosure Pty Ltd

Restoration for Balban Dara Guya (Leekes Creek)


Far North Qld NRM Ltd 

Daintree Wetlands: Reef Coastal Restoration in the Lower Daintree


Fitzroy Basin Association Inc

Fitzroy Landscape-scale Coastal Wetland Enhancement Project


Great Barrier Reef Foundation 

Scaling Seagrass Restoration on the Great Barrier Reef


Greening Australia Ltd

Blue Carbon Restoration: Ross, Road, Deeral 


Greening Australia Ltd

Yuwi Blue Carbon Wetland Restoration Project


Jaragun Pty Ltd

Restoration of Multihabitat Mangrove Ecosystems, Russell-Mulgrave Basin


NQ Dry Tropics Ltd 

Rehabilitating wetlands - innovation and Traditional Owner delivery


OzFish Unlimited Ltd 

Improving the hydrology of mangrove wetlands in the Wet Tropics


Reef and Rainforest Research Centre 

Building on science: Working together to deliver nature-positive outcomes


Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsunday Isaac) Limited

Beyond Barriers: Mackay and Isaac Coastal Wetland Rehabilitation


Restore Blue Advisory Services Pty Ltd 

Tropical Queensland Blue Carbon Project


The Nature Conservancy Limited

Great Sandy Strait Reef Restoration Project


Townsville City Council

Townsville’s Living Coastlines – Space for Saltmarshes Project