Having joined the Reef Walk in Mackay, I came prepared for 10 days with others walkers. However, instead of being exposed to the Bruce Highway, as the others had been for most of the journey, since Cairns, I joined at a time of media interest, community action and rest.
From the Mackay airport, we headed to a local library, where a large display on the walk and the reef had been created by a volunteer of the Mackay Conservation Group. On the way to the library, June had a long phone interview with the local paper, the Daily Mercury, who were keen to take some photos. So in the library car park, we marched with the other three walkers and our host, flags a flying while the journalist took the shots, that appeared in the paper the next day.