Cheryl Watson talking about the Harbour at the Auckland Point lookout, Gladstone. Photo Brenda Strong/The Observer
Cheryl Watson talking about the Harbour at the Auckland Point lookout, Gladstone. Photo Brenda Strong/The Observer Brenda Strong

Gladstone conservationist praises efforts as fight steps up

GLADSTONE Conservation Council treasurer Cheryl Watson has praised international efforts as activists step up the fight to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

The Curtis Island resident said she had become disheartened with the lack of interest shown by government in conservation initiatives, but said she was buoyed by the knowledge some were still fighting for the national treasure.

"I fully support their Twitter campaign and the petition they presented, it's bringing global attention to the issue," Ms Watson said.

"I'm so grateful WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and AMCS (Australian Marine Conservation Society) have got on board and they understand what's at stake here."

Ms Watson said she believed the reef should be classed as endangered.