New display urges residents and visitors to ‘Protect Our Waterways’
  • Wednesday 03 February 2010

An interactive display “Protect Our Waterways” educating residents and visitors on the importance of healthy waterways was officially opened today at UnderWater World.

The display is a collaborative educational initiative between council and UnderWater World which focuses on water quality issues within the region, while remaining strong on entertainment and inspiration.

Sunshine Coast Council’s Environment Portfolio Councillor Keryn Jones said that council and UnderWater World share a common goal to reduce the amount of pollution entering the Coast’s precious waterways.

“Council has worked in partnership with UnderWater World to create this interactive display illustrating the need to maintain healthy waterways and healthy marine environments,” Cr Jones said.

"The three issues targeted in the display—sediment, littering and rural runoff—have a major impact on water quality and aquatic life, but are the most preventable forms of pollution.

"Also highlighted are the effects of pollution on aquatic life, locations of animal strandings along our coastlines, the conservation and protection programs underway by council and UnderWater World as well as the activities of community groups across the region."

General Manager UnderWater World, Julie Cullen invites everyone down to UnderWater World to take a look at the display.

“We hope that by visiting the display, people will not only learn about the damaging effect our actions can have on the waterways, but also the steps we can take to help it clean up,” Ms Cullen said.

“Together everyone can make a difference.”