Dar­ing to make the dif­fer­ence

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE EDUCATION - Jes­sica Bahr Jes­sica.Bahr@sc­news.com.au

SWIM­MERS on the Sun­shine Coast are at an in­cred­i­bly low risk of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an in­ter­ac­tion with a shark.

That’s the mes­sage from Tony Isaac­son, a Kawana res­i­dent who has been named a fi­nal­ist in the 2017 Healthy Land and Wa­ter Awards.

Mr Isaac­son, who is also a marine nat­u­ral­ist, runs an on­line ed­u­ca­tion plat­form called Dive Care Dare.

The pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate is on a mis­sion to show Aus­tralians that sharks are both es­sen­tial for healthy land and wa­ter and also ben­e­fi­cial for tourism.

Mr Isaac­son said it was about dar­ing to make a dif­fer­ence.

“I be­lieve the awards are go­ing to flag peo­ples’ at­ten­tion and bring some sort of aware­ness to what I am do­ing,” he said.

“I am here for the long run...I am en­dur­ing and con­sis­tent and will never give up.”

Mr Isaac­son is hop­ing the award win could be the cat­a­lyst for him to sit down with Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries Min­is­ter Bill Byrne and Queens­land Shark Con­trol Pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Jeff Krause.

He pre­sented at a re­cent Se­nate In­quiry into shark mit­i­ga­tion and de­ter­rents in Bris­bane.

To vote for Mr Isaac­son visit hlw.org.au/awards/ fi­nal­ists.

Vot­ing is open un­til Au­gust 21.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.di­ve­caredare.com.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DIVE CARE DARE: Tony Isaac­son is a fi­nal­ist in the 2017 Healthy Land and Wa­ter Awards.

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