Nurturing nature in Whitsundays
PROTECTING the reef, our coastline and local flora and fauna was the agenda of the many groups who gathered together at the Whitsunday PCYC on Tuesday night.
Present at this inaugural “Nature Celebration” were a variety of not-for-profit and government organisations, including Whitsunday Catchment Landcare, Seagrass Watch, Fauna Rescue Whitsundays, Eco Barge Clean Seas, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Seagrass Watch spokesperson Jacqui Sheils said the evening was a good way to raise awareness of what the different groups did and an opportunity to recruit new volunteers.
“We have people in the group who’ve been monitor- ing seagrass since 1998 but it’s always good to have a few new ones come along,” she said.
Australian Marine Conservation Society campaigner Cherry Muddle said there were plenty of familiar faces proving Whitsunday residents were already very engaged.
“And now they’re just encouraging us to keep up the fight,” she said.
Organiser Tony Fontes said the event attracted around 50 people, with some signing on to help out.
“I spoke to a few groups there and they were happy because they picked up a few extra volunteers along the way,” he said.
Mr Fontes also said “there was a lot of cross-pollination” between the groups, allowing them to share ideas.