Reef Walk 2013 launched today from Cairns, Queensland which included a ribbon cutting to see off the Brisbane great grandmother and community walkers as they walk to Save the Reef.
The World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is under threat from the expansion of Australia’s coal export market and growing coal seam gas (CSG) industry.
The courageous band of concerned citizens will took to the streets and will walk through all the major town centres to Gladstone and raise awareness about the impact to reef tourism and the sensitive reef ecosystem.
New major coal ports planned from Abbot Point near Mackay to the Fitzroy Delta and Gladstone, to will bring 10,000 ships a year through the Great Barrier Reef by the end of the decade.
First stop on the walk will see the 16 residents from in and around Cairns conduct a community meeting on the outer edge of Cairns.