Joggers donned to support loggers

RARE “Washback Turtles” came out to support their real-life counterparts at Sunday's Joggers for Loggers.

About 400 people, many children and students, showed their support for turtle conservation, environmental awareness and healthy living at the Bargara display.

“It was great. My two little girls wore laundry baskets on their backs; we called them 'rare Washback Turtles',” mother Judi Keightley said.

“My oldest daughter was the Princess of Darkness in the Bundy in Bloom parade, to encourage dimming of the lights.”

Mrs Keightley's daughters were just a few of the many attendees who came dressed as turtles, to win exclusive Joggers for Loggers T-shirts.

Mon Repos ranger-in-charge Cathy Gatley said 192 people jogged or walked from the Bargara Esplanade Turtle Playground to Mon Repos Conservation Park and back.

“There were lots of families doing the jog, and many other people from the local community came down to have a look,” she said.

“We didn't have any adults dressed up, but the kids did and most people did the (long) 8km route.

“It gives the kids a connection to the coast and turtle conservation.”

Mrs Gatley said 15 classes from 10 schools made up the Junior Turtle Rangers, now in their second year of the Cut the Glow program.

She said each class has their own adopted nesting turtle from the Coast, and were updated every time their nesting turtle arrives, to feed their need for turtle education.



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