Shin­ing a light on de­bris

Love for coun­try at heart of mu­ral

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - An­drea Falvo

A KU­RANDA artist pas­sion­ate about his coun­try and pre­serv­ing the Great Bar­rier Reef has cre­ated a large-scale mu­ral to help shine a light on the im­pacts of ma­rine de­bris.

Zane Saun­ders cre­ated a colour­ful mu­ral ‘Bulmba Maninga — Love and Care for the Coun­try’, which de­picts con­cerns for the pol­lu­tion of both land and sea.

He said the mu­ral took about three months to com­plete and he hoped it would help ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors.

“There is a lot of mean­ing within the work it­self,” Mr Saun­ders said.

“But es­sen­tially it’s about ma­rine de­bris and that aware­ness that we need to care for the coun­try and how we dis­pose of rub­bish or any waste and how we in­ter­act with the land.

“Just be­ing mind­ful of the land, it was here be­fore us, and also the an­i­mals that oc­cupy it.

“Here liv­ing on the Bar­ron River can make an im­pact.”

Ma­reeba Shire Mayor Tom Gil­more of­fi­cially opened the vi­brant mu­ral this week, which is dis­played to the pub­lic at the Ku­randa Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre.

“This is a very, very im­por­tant mo­ment,” he said

“We are right on the doorstep of the Great Bar­rier Reef.

“We all know the is­sues of ma­rine de­bris and of the fact that peo­ple sim­ply care­lessly throw things on the ground and ex­pect some­body else would save it from go­ing into the ocean and caus­ing all of the grief.

“This (mu­ral) means to me a deep and abid­ing com­mit­ment by our com­mu­nity and the Ku­randa com­mu­nity and our indige­nous friends who are deeply com­mit­ted to ex­actly the same thing that we all are, and that is to en­sure that we pass to the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions a Great Bar­rier Reef that is wor­thy of them and wor­thy of us hav­ing been the cus­to­di­ans.”

The mu­ral project is part of the Great Bar­rier Reef Cleanup project, de­liv­ered by the Great Bar­rier Reef Ma­rine Park Au­thor­ity.

The project is funded through Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ments Reef Trust and has been in part­ner­ship with Ma­reeba Shire Coun­cil, Reef Guardian Coun­cil and sup­ported by Djabugay Tribal Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion.

DO THE RIGHT THING

The large-scale mu­ral on display at the Ku­randa Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, cre­ated by lo­cal man Zane Saun­ders, de­picts con­cerns for the pol­lu­tion of both land and sea. Even liv­ing up on the Table­lands, any rub­bish thrown into creeks and rivers, not picked up or placed in the ap­pro­pri­ate place, will even­tu­ally end up in the sea and will af­fect the reef and ma­rine life. More than 30 tonnes of de­bris has been col­lected from the coast, from Cape York to Bund­aberg as part of the Great Bar­rier Reef Clean-up project. De­bris can harm ma­rine life, pose a nav­i­ga­tional haz­ard and smother co­ral.

Pic­ture: An­drea Falvo

Ma­reeba Shire Mayor Tom Gil­more of­fi­cially opened Zane Saun­ders' mu­ral at the Ku­randa Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, which de­picts con­cerns for the pol­lu­tion of both land and sea.

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