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The father of the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin is the face of a multi-million dollar advertising campaign to save the Great Barrier Reef from industry. Bob Irwin launched the three-week campaign, which includes TV, radio, online and newspaper ....

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Mariann Rannenberg (158)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 10:56 pm
I hope he can accomplish that. Good Luck to him. Thanks Rosemary, great story.

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 10:56 pm
The father of the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin is the face of a multi-million dollar advertising campaign to save the Great Barrier Reef from industry.

Bob Irwin launched the three-week campaign, which includes TV, radio, online and newspaper advertisements, on Sunday.

The ads take a swipe at the Queensland government for "fast-tracking" port and industrial developments along the reef's coast.

Mr Irwin warns in the television ad that people if they don't act now, the reef "will be ruined."

"It's your reef, but you're going to have to fight for it", he said.

He said only public pressure can save the reef.

"The reef belongs to all of us, not to big industry to use as a dredge dumping ground and shipping superhighway," Mr Irwin said in a written statement.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) and WWF-Australia are behind the campaign which is being bankrolled by Australian philanthropist David Thomas.

AMCS' reef director Felicity Wishart said millions of tonnes of mud and rock from port dredging activities are being dumped in the reef's waters.

Less than half a million tonnes of dredge spoil was dumped in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area last year, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority fact sheet says.

Ms Wishart said that figure is predicted to balloon out to 23.5 million tonnes in 2015 - a 50-fold increase.

Comment is being sought from the Queensland government.

There is also a video presentation in this article.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 11:41 pm
Yay! I love Steve's whole family! I sure hope this campaign will help save the Great Barrier Reef!!

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:40 am
Noted & Shared. Thanks Rosemary.

James Merit (144)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:56 am
Bless Bob Irwin, his efforts and campaign to save the Great Barrier Reef! Thank you for sharing Rosemary!

Ellen m (215)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:53 am
Thanks to David Thomas for bankrolling this important initiative.

People that would harm it need to start realizing that reefs are living, breathing wonders that are necessary for the survival of a healthy marine ecosystem.
Thanks much Rosemary ♥
ps; love your new profile pix and page design!

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:44 am
Highly commendable!!! Hope he succeeds.

Tina P (30)
Monday April 29, 2013, 8:36 am
More power to him and many thans!!

Julie E (405)
Monday April 29, 2013, 8:45 am
And this is how it started with the late great Steve Irwin:) We need to all speak up about this. When certain people speak, we need to listen. Thanks Bob Irwin and thank you Rosemary for the story. Shared and pinned!

Varcolac Veroscarius (93)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:05 am

Shawna S (45)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:22 am
Noted. Thanks Rosemary :")

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:38 am
Good luck to Steve Irwin's father for this venture. Noted and shared around.

Sheila S (50)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:44 am
Thanks Rosemary! Wouldn't have known about this without your posting! Shared and noted.

. (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:58 am
Good for him! I hope he can do it. Haven't heard much from the Irwin's lately.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday April 29, 2013, 10:06 am
Good to hear from Bob Irwin. RIP Steve.

Christeen A (368)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:27 pm
I hope he can make it happen. Thank you for sharing.

Dianne D (490)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:36 pm
Good for him. One person can change the world and I hope it's him. My prayers will be with him for his success.

Winn A (179)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:21 pm

Florence Eaise (132)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:34 pm
I think thats fantastic!Bob Irwin is a great man and his son Steve Irwin is an icon my daughter Heather was young when steve died she loved him so very much she cried for weeks it was so very sad thanks for posting this Rosemary i cant wait to show my daughter Heather she will be so happy im pretty certain Steve irwin is why my Daughter Heather is going to school to become a vet

Judith Hand (55)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:56 pm
Noted. Good; where do I sign?!

Margo R (14)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:58 pm
People who say "I'm only one person. I can't change anything!" They are so wrong! It only takes one person to get the ball rolling and like Bob Irwin, there are so many others who can and should jump in to help! I am grateful that he cares enough to do this! Thank you Mr. Irwin and all those who are helping you!!!!!

Birgit W (160)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:16 pm

Ana Fontan (16)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:37 pm
A very brave man doing his best: thumbs-up for him and thanks for sharing this story!

Diane K (134)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:54 pm
Good man, like his son! thanks, Rosemary

Veerle V (44)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:30 pm
Thanks for sharing, Rosemary.

Azure Wildflowers (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:57 pm
Thank you.

Brendan Bourke (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:25 pm

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:42 pm

Christine Stewart (134)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:00 pm
A great way to honor Steve's memory!

Paulett Simunich (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:48 pm

why was the Great Barrier Reef the only place to dump this stuff. The mentality of all those involved is unbelievable. Blatant disrespect is disrespect for all of us and our world. Please pass this on to others....
Thank you!

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Monday April 29, 2013, 7:16 pm
Shared story on Facebook.

Laurie H (817)
Monday April 29, 2013, 8:04 pm
Oh this is fantastic news to hear Rosemary!!! How I adored Steve Irwin & family! I sure hope this plan will be super successful!!!!! Thanks So Much for this sharing!!~

Frances Darcy (133)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:06 am
Great act by David Thomas to fund the campaign.Lets hope it works.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:44 am
The Irwin family are super people.

Steve you are really missed!

Lisa W (143)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 6:23 am
Wonderful news, TY Rosemary! There are still great people who care out there...

Sandi C (98)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 7:04 am

Terry V (30)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 8:01 pm

Petra M (259)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 6:03 am
A great way to honor Steve's Memory...

Nancy Black (308)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 9:55 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared. What a remarkable family! They all share and did share a love for wildlife and nature. We need people such as the Irvin family to help save our planet. Thanks, Rosemary for sharing. You and your amazing husband are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and know many of us care about you. God bless you.

Elsie Au (259)
Friday May 3, 2013, 3:15 am
We do need more people like Irwin family.

Melania P (122)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 9:40 am
God bless him, my best wishes to him and his family.

Klaus Peters (14)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 9:09 am
After the death of the hero Steve Irvin the family fell appart. It is all about the $$$ now. No meaning left to support a useless feud. Even their children (grand children) took the full force of the conflict. As for conservation, it is only a $$$ spinner to finance a feud. No sympathey here, except for Steve who made it all happen, not always to my liking, but he was a showman. You have to give him that and that is why I respect him and not the hangers on, the gold diggers that have totally used him. So much for family!

Carmen S (611)
Thursday June 6, 2013, 6:19 pm
thanks Rosemary, hope he can do it

Slava R (1311)
Monday September 29, 2014, 5:48 am
thank you sharing this awesome story Rosemary
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