New care­tak­ers ar­rive

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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

“Low was un­der­way.”

is for­tu­nate to

On with the job:

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