Volunteers keep Low Isles afloat
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.