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environmental action 33 heroes of the reef A REMARKABLE ALLIANCE IS GIVING AUSTRALIA'S THREATENED OCEANIC JEWEL, THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, A FIGHTING CHANCE. BY SUE WHITE John Schubert is best known as a banking executive, but he sees himself "as a world citizen before a banker or anything else." As Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank, a director of Qantas, and a member of the Business Council of Australia, Schubert is one of Australia's best-connected businessmen. It is a network that is ser ving him well in his passionate pursuit of action to protect Australia's world-famous Great Barrier Reef. ere, he is galvanising a coalition of farmers, environmentalists and other like-minded world citizens to work together for the bene t of the World Heritage-listed icon. Schubert says it's his role as chair of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation that demonstrates the type of nation he wants to leave for future generations. Having been involved with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation for almost a decade, Schubert says the biggest danger to its future is increasingly obvious. "When I rst got involved there were numerous major threats to the reef, including water quality, over shing, shipping, and unco-ordinated coastal development. But over Tourism Queensland