Event to help pro­tect the reef

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

REEFBLITZ is com­ing to Can­non­vale Beach. The two-day event, which will take place on Oc­to­ber 24 and 25, will give lo­cals the op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute in prac­ti­cal ways to the pro­tec­tion and preser­va­tion of the reef.

Sup­ported by the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment and Qan­tas, and hosted by the Great Bar­rier Reef Foun­da­tion, ReefBlitz is a free event which in­vites the com­mu­nity (along with sci­en­tists, am­a­teur sci­en­tists and nat­u­ral­ists) to find, iden­tify, and col­late as much data as pos­si­ble on the Great Bar­rier Reef over two days.

Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice (QWPS) Act­ing Se­nior Ranger Kay Kunze said the days would in­clude a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Fri­day is go­ing to be a school-based day where there’s a full day event with three dif­fer­ent schools and the PCYC,” she said.

“On Satur­day it’s go­ing to be wide open for any­body to rock up and do some sur­veys and help out in the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.”

“The aim is to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity and the pub­lic, be­cause... they’re only go­ing to pro­tect and love what they know and un­der­stand,” Ms Kunze said.

Lo­cals will be able to ex­plore the lo­cal fore­shore in search of birds, rep­tiles, in­ver­te­brates, and flora.

There will also be marine de­bris cleanup with Eco Barge, a rocky shore high tide walk, a man­grove dis­cov­ery walk and a sea­grass walk.

The QWPS Barge Nunga III will also be avail­able for in­spec­tion by the pub­lic.

Ms Kunze said peo­ple could reg­is­ter their attendance on the web­site or face­book page, but were also wel­come to turn up on the day. http:// www.bar­ri­er­reef.org/reefblitz

MAK­ING CON­NEC­TIONS: Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice Act­ing Se­nior Ranger Kay Kunze hopes the ReefBlitz will give lo­cal peo­ple a greater un­der­stand­ing of the role they can play in pro­tect­ing the Great Bar­rier Reef.

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