Half way! 600 km to go – Airlie Beach celebrates

Reef Walk 2013 Airlie Beach! flierAirlie Beach – 13th July. Celebrate June Norman’s and Reef Walks’ arrival to Airlie Beach. June and fellow Reef Walkers arrival to Airlie Beach will mark the halfway milestone of their epic 1200km journey to Save the Reef.

Walk with June and fellow Reef Walkers from the VMR Carpark along the beautiful foreshore to the Airlie Beach Markets, then listen to June’s tales of the walk so far. Kids can enjoy some fun activities at the markets too! Continue reading

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Mt Inkerman

20130702_135724As we approached the campsite at Inkerman, a couple of walkers were tempted to climb Mt Inkerman. A steep 2km climb was a sharp culmination of a 20km hike. However views from the top made it worthwhile, as we could see the surrounding sugar cane and bush areas, and over the reef. Continue reading

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Overnight visit with Dominique and John

reefwalk2013 breakfast with Dominique and JohnAfter an uneventful 20klms walk we arrived at Dominique and John’s small property where we were welcomed with a cup of tea then a walk around their place.  Dom is a bat rescue/carer, it was interesting to hear her stories and see the bats inside and outside a specially built enclosure. Continue reading

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Dominique joins the walk

 

Dominique is involved in bat rescue so we chose this photo of flying foxes for her

Dominique is involved in bat rescue so we chose this photo of flying foxes for her

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. Continue reading

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Last Minute better offer!!

Rosalie blogging by torch light

Rosalie blogging by torch light

While waiting at the support vehicle Nick met Lindy who had been to the Bob Irwin meeting earlier in the week. She invited us to stay with her and her husband David on her property just a few klms from Alligator Creek. We were booked into the national park,but after a short discussion it was a unanimous decision to accept the hospitality of a local and what a good choice we made. David and Lindy’s property bordered on National park and was very beautiful. Continue reading

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Breakfast at Mary Who.

reefwalk2013 Kerry and his grandchildren  Taylor and Aussie reefwalk2013: We reach Alligator Creek 30 Jule 20139am Thursday 27th and almost twenty people enjoyed breakfast at Mary Who Bookshop before 13 of us walked out of Townsville to Alligator Creek. The day was sunny but a cool breeze made it pleasant walking. It was so great having Taylor and Aussie (Kerry’s grandchildren) and Ethan keeping us on our toes. The traffic was heavy, the verge was narrow in parts but we had lots of people blowing their horns and waving. It was sad to have the kids leave us at Alligator Creek,but we hope to hear from Taylor and Aussie on the blog.

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Magnetic Island

Reefwalk 2013 Forts walk Magnetic Island 27 June 2013After a successful evening with Bob Irwin at Reef Headquarters Rosalie, Nick, Nicole and Olive caught the ferry to Magnetic Island where we were met by Marie. Nicole and Olive left us to have their holiday and Rosalie, Nick and I drove to Marie’s house. Continue reading

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Townsville celebrates

The last stretch into Townsville 25 June 2013

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. Continue reading
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Fight for the reef with Bob Irwin and Australian Marine Conservation Society

Industrial development at Gladstone Harbour

Industrial development at Gladstone Harbour

Last night’s information session was part of Bob Irwin’s speaking tour, supported by the Australian Marine Conservation Society . Lots of people came and it was really informative. The scale of planned industrial developments in the reef is shocking. For the short term gain of exporting coal – the principle cause of carbon dioxide emissions – one of the contributors to destruction of the reef – we will see the reef destroyed forever. Continue reading

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Clandestine shady characters

They must be shady characters as they are trying to stop coal mining

They must be shady characters as they are trying to stop coal mining

The walkers left Mutarnee early on Friday morning 21st June, headed to Toomulla Beach.

Meanwhile Premier Newman had heard that a clandestine group, an unholy alliance of non-government agencies were trying to shut down Queensland’s coal industry. Continue reading

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Bluewater to Townsville

Reefwalk 2013: Great Barrier ReefNicole and Olive from Cairns re-joined us at Bluewater for the walk to outskirts of Townsville. A lovely sunny day and we were greeted and supported by many drivers.

One car stopped by the road and a delightful couple from Bluewater stepped out with gifts. Greg, a truck driver, said he had seen us over the past weeks as he drove his vehicle to Cairns and back. He and his partner had pumpkin cake and pineapple ready to eat. Continue reading

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Crystal Creek/ Mutarnee

Reefwalk 2013 Klaw the white tailed bush rat 20 June 2013After our visit to Rollingstone School this morning we visited Mutarnee School this afternoon. It was a beautiful little school with 13 pupils today. They were very interested in the Reefwalk and the details of how far we walked each day and each week, and were concerned that we did rest at times along the way. All children enjoyed the story of Klaw and wished him well on his journey to Gladstone. Continue reading

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Visit to Rollingstone Primary School

Rollingstone Primary School Year 1,2,3. Reefwalk 2013, 20 June 2013Rollingstone Primary School Prep, Reefwalk 2013, 20 June 2013Year 4,5,6,7 Rollingstone Primary School, Reefwalk 2013, 20 June 2013What a great morning we had visiting Rollingstone Primary School. The school has 70 students prep to year 7, in three classrooms. The first group, years 1,2,3 were well prepared for us and presented us with many cards of thanks. “Our whole class wants to support you. Go from Layla”. “Thank you for respect the GBR from Jaiden and lots more”. Thank you from the Walkers class 1,2,3 for your cards. Continue reading

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New walker at Ingham

Reefwalk 2013 Looking up at Melaleuca 19 June 2013Hi I’m Rosalie. I joined the Reefwalk at Ingham Railway Station where I was met by June, Jane and Kerry waving Reefwalk flags. I knew straight away I was in for an exciting and inspiring 8 week journey, meeting people, sharing stories, inspiring one another, seeing the reef, rainforest and industry. Continue reading

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Cardwell and Ingham we a picked up a hitch-hiker

white tailed rat native to the far north rainforest...he he

white tailed rat native to the far north rainforest…he he

While walking between Cardwell and Ingham we a picked up a hitch-hiker waiting patiently on the road verge after being hurled unceremoniously from a passing car window ….he’s a white tail rat native to the far north rainforest and told us his name is ‘Klaw’ …which just happens to spell ‘walk’ backwards ! He loved getting a ride on Jane’s hat and posed for a photo with Kerry.

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An oldie but a goodie – Tully and the Big Gumboot

Reef Walk 2013 Daniel and Kerry at the big Gumboot in Tully 13-6-13Kerry, Daniel and myself spent a comfortable night at Feluga after a lovely meal with Judy and Pat then Daniel drove the support vehicle, stopping periodically so we could refill our water bottles and have lunch. It was the hottest day we have had so far. Continue reading

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Thanks Mission Beach..hello to 2 new walkers!

Reef Walk 2013 Consulting the map at beautiful Ninney Rise - leaving Mission Beach Qld June 2013After a very busy but exciting few days in Mission Beach we walked out yesterday morning with nine supporters chanting and proudly carrying banners. Continue reading

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Reefwalk 2013: Pigeons for the Reef, Babinda 4 June 2013

Reefwalk 2013: Pigeons for Peace 4 June 2013

Pigeons for the Reef Babinda

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It begins…80 days and 1200ks to stop coal and gas ports in the Reef!

Reef Walk 2013 Start from Cairns -7774 XantheRivettReef 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. Continue reading

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Launch of Reef Walk 2013

Reef Walk 2013 FoE June Normn Senator Water and Bob Irwin 12 May 2013 c-o Tony Robertson 2Celebrating the imminent start to Reef Walk 213 on the 1 June 2013, people gathered on Mothers Day in Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point Cliffs to launch the 77 day adventure walk from Cairns to Gladstone in Queensland. The crowd was front seat to a banner drop from the cliff top. Key speakers were Australian Senator Waters and Bob Irwin the naturalist. Continue reading

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