This month's Federal Budget pledged an unprecedented $444 million to a single organisation — the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
It's the largest donation any Australian Government has made to a single foundation for environmental purposes, with the money going towards improving water quality, tackling crown-of thorn starfish and expanding reef restoration.
Labor though has questioned whether the foundation is the right organisation to receive so much money given many of its members have close ties to the fossil fuel industry.
But those working with it say its collaborative approach between business and scientists could be the last chance to salvage the reef.
Listen to the Radio National News Breakfast interview by Hamish Macdonald - “Business, science collaboration crucial to save reef, Great Barrier Reef Foundation says.”