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“It’s your Reef… But you’re going to have to fight for it!”
Posted on June 27, 2013 by Sophie Tabouel
You may remember the late Steve Irwin, Australia’s famed crocodile hunter and Wildlife Warrior? His father, Bob Irwin shares the same passion for protecting Natural Marine Habitats as his son did.
Bob Irwin has dedicated his life to wildlife conservation and, with the help of the Australian Marine Conservation Society and WWF-Australia has launched a campaign highlighting the growing concern of the industrialization of shipping ports along the Great Barrier Reef’s Coastline. To help promote his fight, he has set out on the road calling on local Queenslanders and Australians to join him at his public information meetings in Rockhampton, Bowen, Townsville and Cairns This week.
To watch Bob Irwin’s video, please click here.
“The Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but our governments seem to have forgotten that fact. The Reef belongs to all of us, not to big industry to use as a dredge dumping ground and shipping superhighway,” Bob Irwin said.
“The Australian people are the only ones who can make a difference to protecting the Reef. It’s your Reef, but you’re going to have to fight for it,” he said.
Felicity Wishart, Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director for the Australian Marine Conservation Society, said the threats to the Reef are deeply troubling.
“The Queensland Government is fast-tracking mega ports along the Reef and planning to dredge and dump millions of tonnes of mud and rock in the Reef’s waters,” Ms Wishart said.
“The Great Barrier Reef is a major tourist destination generating $6 billion a year and supporting 60,000 jobs. No one is going to want come half way around the world to see mega industrial ports.
“The fight belongs to everyone. We urge Queenslanders to join us at the public meeting in their local town. Come and meet Bob and sign up to Fight for the Reef,” she said.
Everyone is welcome and the events are free of charge. For more information and to join the campaign go to; http://fightforthereef.org.au/bob-irwin-tours-coastal-queensland-to-fight-for-the-reef/
Bob is planning to return to regional Queensland later in the year to visit Gladstone, Airlie Beach and Mackay.
Bob will be at The Rydges Plaza Cairns this Thursday 27th of June. Come and join the Tour Specialists crew and show your support for this vital cause!
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