Paperback small octavo, very good plus condition. 205 pp. The respected Australian poet describes the battle to save the Great Barrier Reef from limestone mining and oil drilling. A classic study of politics and conservation. The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland consists of 2000 kilometres of spectacular coral reefs, sand cays and islands. In the late 1960s, the Reef was threatened with limestone mining and oil drilling. A small group of dedicated conservationists in Queensland, John Busst, Judith Wright, Len Webb and others, battled to save the Ellison Reef from coral-limestone mining, and the Swain Reefs from oil exploration. The group later swelled to encompass scientists, trade unionists and politicians throughout Australia. This led in 1976 to the establishment of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which still survives as a legacy of activists, artists, poets, ecologists and students. In 1967 they were branded as cranks, but now they should be recognised as visionaries.
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