Ranger Gemma Haley and Hugo the turtle ring the Bundaberg Anglican church bell in celebration of the first turtle coming ashore on Mon Repos beach.
Ranger Gemma Haley and Hugo the turtle ring the Bundaberg Anglican church bell in celebration of the first turtle coming ashore on Mon Repos beach. Scottie Simmonds

Mon Repos turtle season begins

TWO junior turtle rangers showed age is no barrier to cutting the glow to help nesting turtles.

St Luke's Anglican School students Hurley Gatley, 6, and Noah Krenske, 6, helped ring the Christ Church Anglican Church bells yesterday to herald the arrival of the first turtle of the season at Mon Repos Conservation Park on Wednesday morning.

As they performed their task, they took to heart their role as miniature turtle advocates.

“Turn off your lights and close your blinds so the turtles don't come to your house,” Hurley told the News-Mail sagely.

Her message was supported by ranger Gemma Haley.

“Even though the turtle did not lay, we do count that as the start of the season as it reminds us to start thinking about the turtles,” she said.

“Coastal residents should start simple things like shutting the blinds and turning off the lights so the turtles do not get turned around.”

While the rangers have only found one set of tracks on the region's beaches, they are expecting more turtles to arrive soon.

“We are all very excited and looking forward to the start of the turtle information tours on November 6,” she said.

The rangers' Cut the Glow awareness campaign continues this Sunday from 8am, with the Joggers for Loggers fun run and walk from Bargara to Mon Repos.



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