The last stretch into Townsville 25 June 2013
Townsville came out to welcome and honour June and her fellow walkers to the capital of the north. A welcome party on The Strand, saw the Deputy Mayor, Verne Veitch, officially welcome June and commend the efforts that she was making to defend the reef, which is so important to the tourism industry of Townsville, as well as playing a vital environmental role. As the home base for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Reef HQ, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University, Townsville feels a very special sense of protectiveness when it comes to the Reef. The Ingham to Townsville leg of the walk was organised by North Queensland Conservation Council
The welcome party enjoyed a home-baked cake in the form of Nemo, and, with an ‘open mike’, all present were able to add their personal support for June and the Reef Walk.
After speaking alongside Bob Irwin, in Townsville as part of his ‘Fight for the Reef’ tour on Tuesday night, June and the walkers took the ferry to Magnetic Island where they revelled in a day’s well earned rest, and were housed, fed and watered by NQCC member Marie de Monchaux.
On Thursday morning, after a send-off breakfast at MaryWho? Bookshop in Townsville, the team will set off for Alligator Creek.
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