Vol­un­teers keep Low Isles afloat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

VOL­UN­TEERS are keep­ing Low Isles in or­der fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of care­taker Rick Kil­patrick.

The Great Bar­rier Reef Marine Park Au­thor­ity is yet to ap­point a new care­taker for Low Isles af­ter Mr Kil­patrick re­signed last month, cit­ing bu­reau­cratic red tape and cost-cut­ting mea­sures as rea­sons.

Vol­un­teers from the Low Isles Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety (LIPS) are car­ing for the is­land and show­ing tourists around un­til a re­place­ment is found with as­sis­tance from Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice rangers.

LIPS spokesman Rob Suther­land said they were happy to help out but could al­ways use more vol­un­teers.

“Once peo­ple who want to be­come vol­un­teers with us com­plete the train­ing they will go on to a ros­ter and be part of the team to help care for the is­land,” he said.

GBRMPA gen­eral man­ager said the ten­der for the care­taker’s po­si­tion is yet to be ad­ver­tised but the Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice is con­duct­ing additional man­age­ment ac­tiv­i­ties at Low Isles in the mean­time.

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