Irwin in reef fight at PCYC

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

“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.

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