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    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Fairy floss and finding Nemo – it’s all at the Mackay Show!

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    Fairy floss and finding Nemo – it’s all at the Mackay Show!

    The Great Barrier Reef will be on display at the Mackay Show this week [20 – 22 June] with a focus on encouraging people to help protect this international icon.

    Minister for the Great Barrier Reef Steven Miles said it was a great opportunity to showcase the reef at a major regional event.

    “Mackay and Central Queensland is often referred to as the heart of the Great Barrier Reef which is why we wanted to make it a key stop for the Reef Think Tank on its regional roadshow tour,” Mr Miles said.

    “This educational display, developed in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, aims to raise understanding of the key threats facing coral reefs and how we can help address them.

    “We want to connect with as many people as possible who live in catchments that flow to the reef – we’ve just returned from the Rockhampton Show, having been in Bundaberg and Gladstone earlier, and now we’re in Mackay.

    Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert praised the Great Barrier Reef Foundation for partnering with the Palaszczuk Government to help educate the community about the ways in which they can protect the reef.

    “Our aim is to give the public the tools to start their own conservation journey,” Ms Gilbert said.

    “Small everyday actions such as using fewer chemicals and fertilisers - and reducing, reusing and recycling - can have a huge impact on our national treasure particularly when hundreds and thousands of people follow suit.”

    The display is appearing at eight regional and south east Queensland community events until August, including the upcoming Townsville, Cairns, Pine Rivers and Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane.

    Great Barrier Reef Managing Director Anna Marsden said the display would show Queenslanders how their everyday actions, such as saving energy and recycling, can help keep the reef great.

    “The reef is Australia’s greatest natural wonder and we all share responsibility for its future,” Ms Marsden said.

    “We are also thrilled to be able to offer everyone who comes to see the display a chance to win a once in a lifetime research expedition to the Great Barrier Reef with marine biologist and Emmy Award-winning ocean cinematographer Richard Fitzpatrick.

    “Everyone who completes our reef scientist quiz will go in the draw to win and also find out more about what makes our reef great.”

    Entries in the online reef scientist quiz, which tests people’s knowledge of what is great and not great for the Great Barrier Reef, close on 1 October 2017.

    The Mackay Show runs from 20 – 22 June and more information is available at www.mackayshow.com.au. The reef scientist quiz is also available online at www.barrierreef.org/great.

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    Media contact: Alison Brown - (07) 3719 7336