Snorkelling on North Keppel
Snorkelling on North Keppel Malcolm Wells

YOUR STORY: GenYadaba Eco Challenge on North Keppel Island

On Saturday, December 5, a group of keen young environmentalists called GenYadaba boarded the Gundoo Spirit and  headed out to North Keppel for their second Eco Challenge on the island.

Accompanying them were Jeff Krause and Shelley McArdle from Capricornia Catchments which supports and assists the group with the great work they do.

The day started with a welcome to country on the beach by Woppaburra elder Bob Muir. Bob also gave talks during the day about important cultural sites and history.

There were also two sessions of weed eradication, tackling an infestation of Rubber Vine and removing weed grass species on two sites.

In the afternoon the group snorkelled out to the reef to report on the health of the coral and check for signs of coral bleaching.

Also in attendance was Lisa Kath, a Green Army supervisor and youth leader from the Sunshine Coast. The work here is being twinned with the Sunshine Coast rivers initiative, and Lisa was sponsored by the Aura Community Stewardship Programme to further develop evolving cross catchment relationships.

Neil Hoy, a member of Native Plants Queensland spoke about the re-vegetation being carried out on the island after the cyclone damage.

The project is supported by the Fitzroy Basin through funding from the national land care program.



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