Small but deadly Team Irukandji are set to return to Musgrave Park Pool this Saturday (20 January) to raise awareness of the community’s power to use the law to protect the Great Barrier Reef at this year’s Swim For The Reef.
More than 250 people are expected to swim across the country to support the legal work by West End-based Environmental Defenders Office Queensland. With nearly 30 teams already registered, the community legal centre plans to reach their goal to swim the length of the Reef (a total 2,300km or the length of 46,000 Olympic swimming pools) this year.
The trio of West End locals, Terry Coker, consultant, Matteo Melis, swim instructor, and Alex Rossi, teacher trainer, are each planning to swim 10 kilometres or ‘until exhaustion’ for the cause. The team has already raised more than $1000 to support EDO Qld’s legal work in their third year of participation.
Team Irukandji captain Alex Rossi said: “We are all passionate about protecting the reef for future generations. We are swimming to support EDO Qld because they give the community a chance to have a voice as politicians seem to ignore this issue and kowtow to lobbyists and big business.
“We would like to see further community empowerment of legal issues for the environment as well as the end of new coal mines like Adani, which posed one of the biggest threats to the Reef. What better way to raise awareness than to all get together and swim!”
Swim For The Reef host EDO Qld’s CEO Jo Bragg said: “The Great Barrier Reef needs legal representation in the face of the life-threatening impacts suffered from climate change, decreased water quality and coastal development.
“We’re here today to raise awareness about the real power the community has to use the law to help save and protect the Reef alongside its’ 60,000-plus jobs and $6.4 billion contribution to Australia’s economy.
“Through law reform, challenges and awareness work it is possible for the community to use the law to stand up against government or industry and have their say on matters that affect them and the Reef."
Registrations are still open for individuals and teams. Participants can swim at selected pools or at a location of their choice. Visit www.swimforthereef.org.au or phone 07 3211 4466 to enrol or donate.
Our participating pools this year are currently:
- Bellbowrie Pool, 47 Birkin Road, Bellbowrie
- Burpengary Aquatic Centre, 20 Fountain Rd, Burpengary
- Castlemaine Fitness Centre, 23A Lyttleton St, Castlemaine Victoria
- Dolphins Pool, Klingner Rd, Redcliffe
- Ithaca Pool, 131 Caxton Street, Paddington
- Jindalee Pool, 11 Yallambee Rd, Jindalee
- Mullumbimby – Petria Thomas Swimming Pool, Jubilee Ave, Mullumbimby
- Maroochydore – Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre, The Esplanade, Cotton Tree
- Musgrave Park Pool, 100 Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane
- Noosa Aquatic Centre, 6 Girraween Ct, Sunshine Beach
- Palm Beach Aquatic Centre, 1 Thrower Dr, Palm Beach
- Stanthorpe Pool, Talc Street, Stanthorpe
- Victoria Point YMCA, 128 Link Rd, Victoria Point
- Yeronga Pool, 81 School Road, Yeronga