10 Apr New Low Glow partners join forces to protect Bundaberg’s sea turtles
In follow up to the recent visit of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the Low Glow collaboration is delighted to announce that it is expanding its efforts to protect critically endangered loggerhead turtles at Mon Repos beach in Bundaberg, Queensland.
The Bundaberg Regional Council, the Sea Turtle Alliance and Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism are joining existing Low Glow project partners – Greenfleet, The Walt Disney Company (Australia) and The Prince’s Trust Australia – to support the protection of the local sea turtle population.
“Low Glow has built significant momentum and we are absolutely delighted to welcome new organisations in the Low Glow collaboration,” says Wayne Wescott, Greenfleet CEO.
“The expansion will strengthen relationships with the Bundaberg community and extend our focus on practical environmental action,” Wescott adds.
Formed in 2015, the Low Glow collaboration works with the local community to protect the Mon Repos turtle population by reducing artificial light pollution and planting native biodiverse trees. Mon Repos is home to the largest sea turtle population on the Australian eastern seaboard.
To date, over 80,000 native trees have been planted in the Barolin Nature Reserve, immediately behind Mon Repos beach. The trees will grow into a ‘green curtain’ to help shield the turtle population from city lights and contribute to climate change resilience.
The Low Glow collaboration also launched an innovative pilot program Lights Out: Turtles About, encouraging residents to ‘dim their house lights’ during the turtle breeding season between November and March.
“The Council has a strong commitment to our local environment. We look forward to building on the already strong relationship to develop further innovative activities designed to protect the Mon Repos sea turtles,” explains Cr Bill Trevor, Bundaberg Regional Council.
The expanded partnership builds on the deep connection the local community has with turtles. It is an exciting new phase for the Low Glow project; and the six partners look forward to further working with the community and supporting sea turtle conservation efforts in the region.
To find out how you can help, visit: www.lowglow.org
Jenny Vu | Project Executive – Prince’s Trust Australia
m: 0431 694 001