Your chance to be­come a reef am­bas­sador:

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

EVER wanted to un­der­stand what’s go­ing on be­low the sur­face?

This may be your chance to get a first-hand taste of ma­rine bi­ol­ogy.

Sun­shine Coast Reef Check Aus­tralia is tak­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for its reef sur­veyor and reef am­bas­sador vol­un­teer train­ing for 2019. The char­ity is ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing reefs and oceans through in­no­va­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal strat­egy and em­pow­er­ing peo­ple.

The vol­un­teers span far and wide across the Coast.

Caloundra based RCA dive vol­un­teer and reef am­bas­sador Julie Schu­bert said the fu­ture de­pends on the health of the en­vi­ron­ment.

“It is up to all of us to care for it. Vol­un­teer­ing gives me the op­por­tu­nity to as­sist in car­ing for the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment and all of its in­hab­i­tants,” she said.

The pro­gram will help at­ten­dees de­velop their knowl­edge and skills in reef ecol­ogy, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, be­hav­iour change prin­ci­ple, and project plan­ning to give them the tools to take lo­cally rel­e­vant ac­tion for the reef.

Reef Check Aus­tralia com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and SEQ pro­gram man­ager Jodi Sal­mond said the idea of the pro­gram is to cre­ate an av­enue for com­mu­nity mem­bers to be­come in­volved with science.

“The am­bas­sadors re­ceive the same train­ing as the Reef Check divers. The pro­gram gives a strong science back­ground but also pro­vides tools on how can you put that knowl­edge into prac­tise,” Ms Sal­mond said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit reefcheck­aus­tralia.org/cal­en­dar.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

VOL­UN­TEER­ING: Reef am­bas­sadors get to at­tend fes­ti­vals like World En­vi­ron­ment Day.

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