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Southern entrance to the Great Barrier Reef
22 Sep 2013
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Stretching over 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coastline from Bundaberg to beyond Cape York is the world’s largest living marine formation, the Great Barrier Reef. The people of Bundaberg are proud to host the entrance to one of the worlds most renowed Aquatic ecosystems.

Since the 1970’s, many coastal regions of this country have been regenerated from bare rock walls and flat sand to the diverse sand dunes and functioning ecosystems of today. Healthy meadows of sea grass reach out from the coast supporting further vibrant ecosystems under the water. These natural assets and features of our local environment make Australian coastal areas a great place to live, work and play. However, being at the end of the cities drainage systems (which flow into the ocean) means that litter, cigarette butts and chemicals that people dispose of incorrectly will end up in our coastal ecosystems, beaches, dunes and oceans. Coastal areas, estuaries and ecosystems provide the breeding and feeding grounds for many fish, marine animals and birds. Polluting them with chemicals, litter and animal effluent makes them less healthy and vibrant. Unhealthy waters can lead to unhealthy people.

We can help by protecting the reef ourselves - schools can get helpers to protect the reef as part of a competition- for more information click on the following link http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/our-partners/reef-guardians/reef-guardian-schools/reef-guardian-school-awards

 

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