The Reef – celebrations & reflections: two October events

Fifty years ago a young diver, Eddie Hegerl, with friends from the newly formed Littoral Society (now AMCS), gathered the evidence that compelled the Queensland Government to refuse an application to mine Ellison Reef (off Kurrimine Beach). This important legal precedent, and the campaign which followed, led to the creation of the world’s largest marine park, designed to protect the entire Great Barrier Reef. You can view a short video of this early history here.

On Saturday 14th October two events will celebrate the past and reflect on the future.

  • A morning boat trip will take people out to Ellison Reef in the company of marine scientists (including Eddie Hegerl and Charlie Veron) and an ABC film crew. Includes lunch. Snorkelling gear provided or bring your own if you prefer.
  • An afternoon of Reflections from 2pm at Bingil Bay’s heritage-listed Ninney Rise – which was the unofficial headquarters of the early reef campaign. Includes afternoon tea. You can contact the Friends of Ninney Rise by email or phone Liz Gallie on 0414 402315. 

If interested in attending either or both events you are encouraged to book early. Please visit this site to book.

To read more about who will be attending, please click here, or contact Liz (Downes) for a preliminary heads-up.

Ellison Reef poster

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