Fairy floss and finding Nemo – it’s all at the Pine Rivers Show!

The Great Barrier Reef will be on display at the Pine Rivers Show this week [4 August – 6 August] with a focus on connecting people in South-east Queensland to this international icon.

Minister for the Great Barrier Reef Steven Miles said it was an opportunity for people in the south-east corner to better understand the challenges facing the Reef.

“This educational display, developed in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, aims to raise understanding of the key threats facing coral reefs and how we can all help address them,” Mr Miles said.

“As we’ve seen recently, two consecutive years of coral bleaching has taken its toll on the reef.

“While efforts to reduce global climate change are underway, we are focused on improving the quality of water flowing to the reef and building its resilience – and everyone has a role to play in this.

“People coming to the Pine Rivers Show might think that what they do doesn’t have an impact on the reef.

“But as Queenslanders, it is up to all of us to be at the forefront of protecting our national treasure

“Small everyday actions such as reducing, reusing and recycling and using fewer chemicals and fertilisers, can make a huge impact on our national treasure particularly when hundreds and thousands of people follow suit.”

The display has been touring along the coast since May appearing at regional shows in Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. Following the Pine Rivers Show, it will head to the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka).

Great Barrier Reef Managing Director Anna Marsden said the display would show Queenslanders how their everyday actions, such as saving energy and recycling, can help keep the reef great.

“The Reef is Australia’s greatest natural wonder and we all share responsibility for its future,” Ms Marsden said.

“We are also thrilled to be able to offer everyone who comes to see the display a chance to win a once in a lifetime research expedition to the Great Barrier Reef, with marine biologist and Emmy Award-winning ocean cinematographer Richard Fitzpatrick.

“Everyone who completes our reef scientist quiz will go in the draw to win and also find out more about what makes our reef great.”

Entries in the online reef scientist quiz, which tests people’s knowledge of what is great and not great for the Great Barrier Reef, close on 1 October 2017.

The Pine Rivers Show runs from 4 August until 6 August and more information is available at www.pineriversshow.org.au.The reef scientist quiz is also available online at www.barrierreef.org/great.

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