Media Release, 8 April 2002

John Butler Trio to play for Ningaloo Reef

The John Butler Trio (supported by Eskimo Joe and Bomba) will play at the University of Western Australia on Friday, April 12. It will be their last home town concert before they take on the United States. Part proceeds from the concert will go to the Save Ningaloo campaign.

Paul Gamblin, Save Ningaloo campaign spokesperson, said, "The campaign to save Ningaloo Reef from inappropriate development is gathering momentum and we are reaching out to everyone who cares about this amazing place. It's great to have the support of the John Butler Trio behind us. JBT have been spreading the word about Ningaloo at sold-out concerts around the country and the vibe at their last home gig before they hit the US will be something special."

"This issue is getting bigger by the day. Ningaloo Reef is known internationally as one of the world's most important and pristine reefs. It is home to a vast array of life, including turtles, dugongs, whale sharks, whales, mantas and dolphins. Some of these animals are at risk of extinction."

"There is a proposal to build a large marina resort at Ningaloo which would cause serious harm to this globally important environment. We have a rare opportunity to promote ecotourism in this fragile wilderness area - ways that will enhance the experience of nature without harming the very wildlife that people come to see."

"On behalf of the tens of thousands of supporters of the Save Ningaloo campaign, we'd like to thank the John Butler Trio and their manager, Philip Stevens, for their great support."

Concert details are available at

Conservation Council of WA Australian Wildlife Consevancy The Wilderness Society Australian Marine Conservation Society

Contact:Paul Gamblin, Save Ningaloo campaign spokesperson,


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