Walk­ing to save Great Bar­rier Reef

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

FOR grand­mother June Nor­man, the Whit­sun­days will mark the halfway point of an epic 80 day, 1200 kilo­me­tre jour­ney to save the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The 72-year-old is cur­rently walk­ing from Cairns to Glad­stone to raise aware­ness about the threats to the reef from in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and mega-ports.

To­gether with six other reef walk­ers, she is sched­uled to ar­rive in Air­lie Beach to­day, Thurs­day, July 11.

Ms Nor­man says she is do­ing the walk for her grand­chil­dren “and to pre­serve their right to en­joy the Great Bar­rier Reef”.

“Walk­ing is our way of bring­ing aware­ness to our small towns of the very real threat to our Great Bar­rier Reef,” she said

“We hope to em­power the ev­ery­day per­son to stand up and have a say and en­cour­age them to speak out. We would like the govern­ment to slow down the un­prece­dented rush to ex­port through the reef.”

Ms Nor­man and her fel­low reef walk­ers want to see more in-depth re­search on the im­pacts of dredg­ing and in­creased ship­ping through the reef.

“We want our grand­chil­dren to have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the reef which we have taken for granted,” she said.

Whit­sun­day res­i­dents are in­vited to give the reef walk­ers a surge of sup­port as they count down the fi­nal steps to the halfway mile­stone in a walk to the Air­lie Beach mar­kets on Satur­day, July 13. The walk, which is open to the pub­lic to join, will leave the Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue car park on Alt­man Av­enue at 8am.

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