Media Alert, Sunday 1 December 2002

Huge crowd and VIPs to Rally for the Reef today

Many thousands of people are expected to attend the “Rally for the Reef” at the Fremantle Esplanade today (Sunday, 1 December). There will also be people gathering simultaneously at the proposed development site at Mauds Landing, near Coral Bay, and at Exmouth.

Rally organisers hope the event will demonstrate to the Gallop Government the extent of community opposition to the proposal to build a massive marina resort at Ningaloo Reef. The Campaign is advocating sustainable alternatives that tap into burgeoning ecotourism markets.

At the rally the crowd will hear short speeches from Tim Winton, Luc Longley and Paul Gamblin before marching through Fremantle en masse.

What: Major rally and march with appearances by Tim Winton, Luc Longley and others.

Where: Fremantle Esplanade

When: Sunday, 11am, 1 December 2002

Format: 11.00 Crowd gathers.
11.15 Speeches commence
Indigenous welcome and Mayor of Fremantle, Peter Tagliaferi
Short speeches by Paul Gamblin, Tim Winton and Luc Longley.

Conclusion: Symbolic gesture of support by crowd (photo opportunity)

11.55 March through Fremantle – led by politicians and major identities (expect a few surprises).

March route: From the Esplanade, up Essex St, left into South Terrace-Market St, left into High and left in Mouat St back to the Esplanade.

12.15 Music by Lucky Ocean and the Zydecats at the Esplanade.

· Parking for media will be available on Marine Terrace, opposite the Esplanade Hotel.

· Vantage points for filming the march have been organised with the Sail and Anchor Hotel (upstairs balcony facing Essex Street-ask for Mel) and Camera House on South Terrace (opposite Gino’s and the Newport). Also good vantage point on corner of High and Mouat Streets.

Contact: Paul Gamblin, Save Ningaloo campaign spokesperson, 0439 938 313

Contacts for: Exmouth (Susie Scott 0417 098 665) Coral Bay (Geoff Russel 0427 425 932)

More information on this site.

The Wilderness SocietyConservation Council of WAAustralian Marine Conservation Society Australian Wildlife Consevancy

Media Contact: Paul Gamblin, Save Ningaloo campaign spokesperson


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