Residents, businesses, visitors and even kids are being given the tools they need to be ‘Turtley Aware’ in a new Bundaberg Regional Council initiative.
Turtley Aware is the newest addition to Council’s ongoing turtle awareness campaign.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the initiative stemmed from Council’s commitment to see the region Eco Destination certified.
“We’re so thrilled to be launching a new resource hub where – no matter who you are or how long you’re in our beautiful region – you can have all of the information you need at your fingertips to ensure we minimise our impact on the nesting turtle population,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Mon Repos is a world-renowned turtle rookery and it’s a natural treasure which every single person has a role in protecting.
“From tips on making your business more turtle-friendly to fun and educational activities to do with the kids on the school holidays, this new resource hub has something for everyone.”
A number of local community organisations and groups are already helping to spread a turtle awareness message, including 18 Reef Guardian Schools.
Elliott Heads State School Reef Guardian student Jamieson Meek said he and his schoolmates were passionate about protecting the ocean and its inhabitants.
He used the launch of the Turtley Aware campaign to share his own tips on how residents can help.
“Other schools if they don’t have a recycling plan yet they could do that, get a proper recycling bin, make sure to put their straws away so they don’t blow away in the wind, make sure to just keep their schools and community tidy,” Jamieson said.
“I think it’s really important to keep beaches clean to protect our animals, sea life.
“I think everyone should try their hardest to put all their rubbish away and make sure to protect the ocean.”
Mayor Dempsey said the region’s bid for Eco Destination certification was progressing well and encouraged businesses to get on board through a range of incentive programs.
“Taking part in our turtle awareness campaign is just one of the ways you can make your business, and our region, more sustainable.”
Check out the Turtley Aware resource hub here.