Irwin vis­its PCYC

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

VET­ERAN wildlife war­rior Bob Irwin will be speak­ing at the Whit­sun­day PCYC next Tues­day night from 6.30pm as part of the ‘Fight for the Reef’ cam­paign.

Ear­lier this year the Aus­tralian Marine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety and WWF-Aus­tralia launched a new ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign fea­tur­ing Bob Irwin, call­ing on all Aus­tralians to help pro­tect the Great Bar­rier Reef from rapid in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion.

Mr Irwin has said pub­licly that the reef is one of the seven nat­u­ral won­ders of the world, “but our gov­ern­ments seem to have for­got­ten that fact”.

“The Aus­tralian peo­ple are the only ones who can make a dif­fer­ence to pro­tect­ing the Reef.

“It’s your reef, but you’re go­ing to have to fight for it,” he said.

Great Bar­rier Reef cam­paign di­rec­tor for the Aus­tralian Marine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety, Felic­ity Wishart, who will also be speak­ing at the up­com­ing event, said the threats to the reef were deeply trou­bling.

“The Great Bar­rier Reef is a ma­jor tourist des­ti­na­tion gen­er­at­ing $6 bil­lion a year and sup­port­ing 60,000 jobs. No one is go­ing to want come half way around the world to see mega in­dus­trial ports,” she said.

The event on Au­gust 6 is free to at­tend, with tea and cof­fee avail­able for a gold coin do­na­tion.

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