Irwin in reef fight at PCYC
“IT’S your reef, but you’ve got to fight for it.”
These are the words of wildlife warrior Bob Irwin, who will be bringing the highly publicised Fight for the Reef campaign to the Whitsunday PCYC next week.
Great Barrier Reef community campaigner Cherry Muddle said Mr Irwin was extremely concerned about the speed and scale of industrialisation along the coast.
“Bob has a lifetime of knowledge to share about the conservation of the reef and protection of ma- rine life and this is a great opportunity for the local community to hear his views and ask questions,” she said.
Local diving instructor Tony Fontes said he feared plans to dredge and dump three million cubic metres of spoil near Abbot Point would adversely impact tourism in the Whitsundays.
Mr Fontes said he had witnessed first-hand the environmental damage caused by dredging activity at Airlie Beach.
“In our area, sediment disturbed by dredging for two marinas at Airlie Beach has drifted away from the dump site, covering and destroying seagrass meadows, which took years to recover,” he said.
“When storms come through, sediment that sank to the bottom is resuspended – turning the beautiful blue waters of the Whitsundays dull green and brown.
“This is not a great look for tourists and it will only get worse with plans for millions of cubic metres of dredging and dumping.”
The Fight for the Reef event featuring Bob Irwin, will run from 6.308.30pm.
The event is free to attend.
SPEAKING OUT: Bob Irwin will speak about the Fight for the Reef campaign at the Whitsunday PCYC this Tuesday night.