Sell with Confidence
Read More
News

Eco Barge attracts national interest

By Mark Beale

ECO BARGE Clean Seas founder Libby Edge met with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Coca-Cola South Pacific and Catchment Solutions (Reef Catchments) on Thursday to discuss all things turtles and Eco Barge.

The entourage, which was made up of WWF CEO Dermot O’Gorman, national project coordinator Ian McConnell, Coca-Cola South Pacific CEO Roberto Mercale and Reef Catchments senior project consultant Rob Eccles, visited Bloomsbury cane farmer Scott Simpson before meeting with Ms Edge at Eco Barge HQ in Jubilee Pocket.

All three organisations are partners in Project Catalyst, an initiative that strives to reduce the nutrient, fertiliser and pollutant run-off on the Great Barrier Reef. Ms Edge said Thursday was an interesting day for the national visitors as the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre was hosting students from James Cook University who were examining deceased turtles to understand why they had died.

Ms Edge then took the men on a tour of the rescue centre and briefed them on the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program.

Coca-Cola South Pacific CEO Roberto Mercale looked on in awe and said he had great admiration for Ms Edge. “I like turtles and I like seeing such a young woman making a change – you can see the passion in her eyes,” he said.

Ms Edge said to date they have removed over 120 tonne of debris in the Whitsundays. On Friday the men travelled to Bowen to visit a turtle project WWF had been involved in for nearly 10 years.

WWF CEO Dermot O’Gorman said the project monitors turtle health and population size in the Bowen region and that they looked forward to assessing its developments.

Up to Date

Latest News

  • NEW FOODIE EVENT TO CHAMPION LOCAL PRODUCE IN PROSERPINE

    A new foodie event is getting off the ground in Proserpine to help residents access fresh produce from their own backyard and forge social connections. The couple behind Proserpine Health N Fitness, June Gobbos-Miller and Stephen Miller, decided to start a farmers market with the first instalment set to take … Read more

    Read Full Post

  • REEF FESTIVAL DATES LOCKED IN AFTER 2020 COVID CANCELLATION

    The Great Barrier Reef Festival may have been brought to a halt last year, but the event is moving full steam ahead in 2021 and more hands are needed on deck. The festival committee is on the hunt for new volunteers to help plan and organise this year’s event. The … Read more

    Read Full Post