New caretakers arrive
NEW caretakers have finally been appointed to watch over Low Isles.
The tiny piece of paradise just eight nautical miles from Port Douglas has been cared for by volunteers since previous caretaker Rick Kilpatrick quit citing bureaucratic red tape and costcutting measures last October.
Wayne and Jenni Fox will be the only full-time residents living on the island after being officially appointed as caretakers by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).
Mr Fox said he and Jenni were thrilled to be chosen as they are passionate about natural environments such as Low Isles and relish the opportunity to care for it for at least the next three years.
Mr Fox is a former boat skipper with a Master Class 5 licence and administration background while Mrs Fox is a marine biologist.
The couple have spent the past seven years as managers of Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort in the southern Great Barrier Reef.
Part of their caring for Low Isles will also involve looking after Woody Island.
“We have a genuine passion for the natural environment, and we continue to be inspired by it every day,” Mrs Fox said.
“We’re very excited about our new role as caretakers of Low Isles, and we are looking forward to meeting and working with all the stakeholders.”
GBRMPA general manager Andrew Skeat said having someone on the ground to care for the island’s assets ensures that the
new caretakers Wayne and Jenni Fox natural values are maintained have the support of a strong and the heritage-listed buildings community to help maintain this are preserved. precious island paradise that has
“The caretakers will work become a local icon. closely with GBRMPA, Queens“I would like to sincerely land Parks and Wildlife Service, thank the Low Isles Preservation volunteer groups such as the Society volunteers and QueensLow Isles Preservation Society land Parks and Wildlife Service and local tour operators,” he for their efforts in caring for Low said. Isles while the tender process
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On with the job: