Danora Buschkens, Liaison Officer for 

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has written to thank Rotary Mission Beach for supporting the 1300ANIMAL project.

Rotary MB have added stickers to all their vinegar stations, from South Mission to Garners Beach.

 

BACKGROUND

The RSPCA 1300 ANIMAL emergency hotline operates 24 hours a day and is the primary phone number for members of the public to report sick or injured animals, including marine strandings. Operators of the hotline have access to a comprehensive wildlife knowledge database as well as an extensive list of contacts including rehabilitators and rescuers, council agencies and other animal welfare organisations across the state of Queensland. This ensures that there is a fast and effective response to any emergency notifications.

 

The Cassowary Coast Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) recognised the great importance of this hotline, particularly in regards to marine turtle stranding assistance. Cassowary Coast LMAC raised some concerns in regards to the design of the current stickers for promoting the 1300 ANIMAL hotline, with the phone number being quite difficult to read and wanted to assist in improving the promotion of the hotline. They made a request to RSPCA to re-design the stickers so the hotline could be utilised to its full potential for locals wanting to report a marine animal stranding.

 

The RSPCA has now re-designed the stickers with a turtle theme and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) has provided funding for the printing of 10,000 copies to be distributed across Queensland.

 

The new stickers will be 235mm x 70mm (larger than previous stickers which were 200x50mm), UV stable with a ‘life-expectancy’ of around 3 years.

 

An opportunity has now arisen for all Local Marine Advisory Committees (LMACs) to be involved in this great project and assist in the distribution of these stickers in their local areas. 

 
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