Pump It, Don't Dump It!
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I visited the Whitsunday Islands when I was ten years old. My sister and I used to sit up on the bow (the front) of our charter yacht and dangle our legs over the side. But, we had to lift our feet up as the boat went through the 'sludge'. At the time I didn't know what the sludge was but with a bit of research back home, I found out that it was discharged sewage from these charter boats and other visitors.
This image has stuck with me for a while now and as a 18 year old Australian, I want to do something about it.
There are no pump out stations on any of the Whitsunday Islands. Not even any hoppers! Boats have no other choice but to dump their sewage into the ocean right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. I have seen the damage done by discharged sewage and the water quality and visibility is decreasing. The reefs of the Whitsundays are losing their visible colour. Sewage is becoming the silent killer of the reef.
Pump out stations are needed on Daydream Island, Hamilton Island and Hayman Island.
Nobody knows about the problem, join me and my campaign 'Pump It, Don't Dump It!' to bring pump out stations to the Whitsundays.
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