The government has announced that a $3 million survey of the land that marks the start of the Great Barrier Reef is costing $3.3 million.
The project was first announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in March.
In a statement released on Friday, the Department of the Environment and Energy said the cost of the survey would be shared between the government and the land owner.
“It is critical that we understand the full extent of the cost and how it will be distributed among the communities of the Reef to ensure they are given all the information necessary to determine their own needs,” the department said.
The department said the survey was expected to take four months to complete and the project had been in the works for five years.
More to come.