Walking to save Great Barrier Reef
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.