Op­por­tu­nity in com­mon for all

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - AL GRUNDY Tourism Whit­sun­days chair­man

IT WAS great to meet with the Great Bar­rier Reef Foun­da­tion last week.

My key take­away mes­sage was that the goal is com­mon op­por­tu­nity.

We have the right peo­ple with the right skills and knowl­edge to as­sist the GBR, but we just need to get them all at the same ta­ble.

The GBR Foun­da­tion, which formed 18 years ago, is fo­cused on con­nect­ing and ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple around the reef and pro­vid­ing hope for the fu­ture of the reef.

The Reef Trust, work­ing in part­ner­ship with the GBR Foun­da­tion is aimed at de­liv­er­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams which lead to trans­for­ma­tional change for the reef. The GBR Foun­da­tion has a strong record of rais­ing money from global phil­an­thropic donors which is one of the rea­sons that the govern­ment chose GBR Foun­da­tion to fur­ther lever­age the fund­ing.

Mean­while, the re­cent pest free ini­tia­tive launched by na­tional parks is a timely re­minder to ev­ery­one mov­ing from the main­land to the is­lands, and from is­land to is­land, to be very mind­ful that you only leave foot­prints and take only pho­tos. We are for­tu­nate that the great ma­jor­ity of our is­lands re­main pest free, how­ever, some pests have made the is­lands home.

Cane toads are present on a cou­ple of the is­lands and even ants have been in­tro­duced at Tongue Bay.

So, if you are head­ing out on a trip, please check your bags are free from seeds and in­sects or ro­dents.

If you go to a beach on an is­land and place your gear on the ground, just check it is free of ants be­fore you leave.

If walk­ing on our tracks, stay on the marked tracks to avoid spread­ing the seeds.

For more in­for­ma­tion check out the Be pest free Queens­land web­site and you will find a brochure to down­load.

I would like to also en­cour­age all Whit­sun­days res­i­dents to have their say on the new Whit­sun­days brand re­de­vel­op­ment.

The brand re­de­vel­op­ment is tak­ing place in part­ner­ship with Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil and is the first time that the brand has been re­de­vel­oped since the Whit­sun­days grew as a re­gion many years ago.

All Whit­sun­day res­i­dents can have their say on the new brand and should only take a few min­utes to com­plete. The sur­vey is open un­til Oc­to­ber 5 at https://fs29.form­site.com /Dest/form27/in­dex.html.

We have the right peo­ple with the right skills and knowl­edge to as­sist the GBR Foun­da­tion, but we just need to get them all at the same ta­ble.

PHOTO: GE­OR­GIA SIMP­SON

WAR­RIORS ON WA­TER: Soyela Shafer in­structs an SUP Yoga class at Shin­g­ley Beach.

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