HERITAGE PROTECTION: Bob Irwin will visit Gladstone as part of a campaign to protect reef.
HERITAGE PROTECTION: Bob Irwin will visit Gladstone as part of a campaign to protect reef. Contributed

Bob Irwin set to visit Gladstone to 'Fight for the Reef'

CONSERVATIONIST Bob Irwin will visit Gladstone in August as part of the Fight for the Reef campaign.

Mr Irwin will be speaking at a public meeting in Rockhampton tonight and Bowen, Townsville and Cairns later this week before he returns to regional Queensland in August to visit Gladstone, Airlie Beach and Mackay.

The campaign, launched by The World Wildlife Fund and the Australian Marine Conservation Society, is calling on all Australians to halt industrialisation along the Great Barrier Reef including new ports, dredging, dumping and increased shipping.

Australian Marine Conservation Society campaign director Felicity Wishart is urging the Gladstone community to get involved.

"We urge Queenslanders to join us at the public meeting in their local town," she said. "Come and meet Bob and sign up to Fight for the Reef."

Some aims of the campaign include prohibiting port developments outside existing ones, ensuring no dredge material is dumped within the Reef World Heritage Area and limiting ship numbers along the reef's coast.