Pump It, Don't Dump It!

I once 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 chartered yacht and dangle our legs over the side. However, we had to lift our feet up as the boat went through the 'sludge' or now known as discarded sewage.

This mental image has stuck with me for a while now and as a 16 year old Victorian I want to do something about it.

There are no pump out stations on any of the Whitsunday Islands. Not even any hoppers! Therefore, 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 the silent killer of the reef.

There needs to be pump out stations 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.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    Dr Steven Miles

    Caitlin Philipps started this petition with a single signature, and now has 141 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.