Bob Irwin confirmed for Cairns Save The Reef – Protect Our Inlet community rally event.
Bob Irwin said:
“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. 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.”
“I urge everyone in the Far North to get along to the event in Cairns on April the 6th,I’d just like to take this opportunity to ask every single Australian, every man, woman and child in this beautiful country of ours to actually give us a hand and come and help save the GBR. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. If we don’t make a move now chances are that we may lose it so please come on board and give us all the help you can. Thank you.”
CAFNEC Marine Programs Coordinator Josh Coates said:
“This major community event will give the people of Cairns and Far North Queensland a chance to learn more about what is proposed and an opportunity to express their concern.”
“The Cairns proposal could see over 5 million mᶾ of fine mud dumped just offshore damaging our seagrass and coral reef environments and impacting tourism and fisheries.”
“We know from the results of our community survey that people are worried with over 95% of respondents indicating they were concerned about the proposed dredging in Cairns Port. The community is right to be concerned as the proposal puts our seagrass, corals, wildlife, fisheries, tourism industry and Northern Beaches at risk.”
The Save Our Reef – Protect Our Inlet event is organised byThe Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) in association with community members and groups who care about the future of our marine environment.
When: Sunday April 6th 11:30 for 12 Noon
Where: Esplanade Lagoon, Western Events Area, Cairns, Queensland.
What: Live Music, Speakers, March through town.
Dress in blue, bring signs and banners, family friendly, fun, all welcome.
This will be a peaceful assembly of community concerned about proposals to dredge Queensland ports adjoining the Great Barrier Reef, including plans to expand Cairns Port (Trinity Inlet). There will be information on what has happened in the past at Gladstone Port, what is happening at Abbot Point and what is proposed for Cairns, Townsville and other Ports.