Exactly 50 years ago, diver Eddie Hegerl and friends gathered the scientific evidence that compelled the Queensland Government to refuse an application to mine Ellison Reef. This set the legal precedent for protecting the whole Great Barrier Reef and creating the world’s largest marine park.
Celebrate the past and influence the reef’s next 50 years at ELLISON REEF SAVED - 50TH ANNIVERSARY.
The Friends of Ninney Rise (FoNR) held a lovely ceremony on Sunday afternoon 14th May to officially open the Margaret Thorsborne Library at Ninney Rise, Bingil Bay.
Margaret Thorsborne AO has been a lifetime supporter of social justice and environmental protection. FoNR are thrilled that Margaret has generously donated her life’s reading and that the books now have a new, secure and fitting home into the future. Rescued after Cyclone Yasi, when some were lost, there are some old, rare and valuable books.
Virginia Edlington recently kindly gifted to FoNR more than 500 original photos and slides of John and Alison Busst and friends at their original home on Bedarra Island then later at Ninney Rise.
FoNR successfully applied to Cassowary Coast Regional Council for a RADF grant to digitise, preserve and share the images and consult with people from that era to gain knowledge of the people and places in the images.
On Saturday 8 May, FoNR held a workshop at Ninney Rise that was attended by Brenda Harvey, Alf McDonald, Innis Campbell, Elsie Salleras, Olive Linnett, Alison Salleras, Bob and Julie West, Mike Katahanas and Dave Nissen.
In April 2015 FoNR received the following short email from Virginia Edlington;
"Hi Friends, I was close to Alison Busst and as such she bequeathed her belongings to me when she passed away in the early nineties. I only recently came across an article that talked about just how important John Busst was in the marine park lobbying etc. I am just wondering if you would like any of the photos of the building on Ninney Rise which I am sure I have tucked away somewhere. Please let me know and I will happily find them.
Brenda Harvey OAM with Margaret Thorsborne AO at the launch
On the 17th August the Friends of Ninney Rise (FoNR) held a launch for the Ninney Rise and John Büsst Plaque Conservation Management Plan at Ninney Rise. Friends of Ninney Rise inc are very pleased with the outcome of a year’s work in research and assessment, leading to the acceptance of this plan.
DEHP kindly approved an Everyone’s Environment grant to FoNR to engage a consultant to prepare the CMP, supplemented by FoNR fundraising.
The long awaited Plan will now guide the future of the Qld Heritage listed property at Bingil Bay.
A draft Conservation Management Plan for Ninney Rise has been released, describing the history and significance of the place and proposing policies for its conservation and appropriate development. Ninney Rise is the heritage-listed Bingil Bay home of reef and rainforest conservation pioneers the late John and Alison Busst. The draft plan can be viewed at www.ninneyrise.com and Wongaling Library. Comments are invited and should be emailed to email@example.com by 15 April.
In other news, FoNR are honoured to accept Queensland Government’s offer of trusteeship of Banfield’s Grave on Dunk Island, following JCU’s relinquishment of the role.