Ringing in the first arrival

WHEN the bells of Anglican Christ Church ring out across Bundaberg, locals will know one thing for sure - the turtles have arrived.

Anglican Christ Church priest-in-charge Father Iain Furby has agreed to ring the bells after the first nesting of this year's turtle season at Mon Repos, which could possibly be as early as next week.

“I thought it was a wonderful idea,” Fr Furby said.

Mon Repos ranger-in-charge Cathy Gatley said rangers were already patrolling the beaches, ready to let Fr Furby know of the first arrival for the season.

“It was the great idea of our Bundaberg ranger, Robert Thomson, and was inspired by the thought of our ancient mariners coming ashore,” Mrs Gatley said.

She said there was once an old tradition of ringing church bells to herald the return of fishing fleets.

“And so the community knows it's turtle time,” she added.

St Luke's Anglican School prep student Abigail Schmidt and Year 1 student Hamish Corpe were excited about the event.

Abigail said she had already seen a turtle at Mon Repos and loved it.

Turtle-watching tours start officially on November 7 at Mon Repos Conservation Park.

Tickets can be booked through Bundaberg Region Visitor Information on 4153 8888.



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