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A Victory Revisited

03
Nov 2017

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ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies

In the 1960s and early 1970s, armed only with a passion for the Reef, ‘Ellison Reef’ was saved by a handful of people.

The 50th anniversary of “Ellison Reef – Saved” was celebrated recently at historic Ninney Rise located at Bingil Bay north of Mission Beach in northern Queensland. Ninney Rise is the site of what some call Australia’s biggest conservation battle, fought under the banner of “Save the Barrier Reef.”

A key part of the celebration was the public forum “Celebrating the Past and Influencing the Future” featuring Coral CoE experts including Prof Bob Pressey and Ms Tessa Hempson.

A PhD candidate at Coral CoE, Ms Hempson said the event created a fantastic opportunity to engage in a public dialogue about the urgent need for effective communication of scientific knowledge.

“We need to expand the conversation about conservation and the threats facing our ecosystems to a much broader community in a language that goes beyond detailing shocking facts, but rather induces an emotional response that motivates action,” said Ms Hempson.

All presentations and audience questions are now available for download here.

Find more information here.

 

Tessa Hempson speaking at the public forum. Image: Friends of Ninney Rise
Tessa Hempson speaking at the public forum. Image: Friends of Ninney Rise

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James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au