Great Barrier Reef tourism operators will get levy relief due to coronavirus forcing a visitor drop. Image by Julian Smith/AAP PHOTOS

Environment

Reef operators given reprieve from levy

2020-05-15 10:02:02

Environmental levies for tourism operators on the Great Barrier Reef will be waived to help them recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Legislation introduced to federal parliament on Thursday would waive $2.9 million worth of fees for businesses on the reef from the start of the year until March 31.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley told parliament tourism operators had seen business dry up as a result of the pandemic.

“This will provide much-needed relief for the tourism industry and further encourage visitors to the reef,” Ms Ley said.