I walked through the Burdekin yesterday with June, Kerry, Rosalie and Nick whom I met the night before. Twenty-two kilometres, waow, I’ve never walked that far before! Of course, that is nothing compared to the distance these four walkers will achieve by the time they get to Gladstone but it was great for me to participate and to share the day with such an inspirational bunch of people. Even though I drive along that road regularly, the walk helped me discover some features of it which are not detectable at high speed in air-conditioned comfort. The Burdekin is one of the largest sugar cane growing areas along the coast and it has an important role to play in the preservation of the Reef, owing to its responsibility to properly manage irrigation, fertilisers and pesticides in the canefields to avoid runoff. I am hoping that the walk will inspire Burdekin residents to keep the Reef safe.