New turtle centre ready to welcome visitors

Published:

Construction on the new world-class Mon Repos Turtle Centre has been completed – just in time for this year’s turtle season.

Inspecting the newly-completed centre today, Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad and Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said the project had already injected millions of dollars to the Bundaberg economy throughout its construction.

The Deputy Premier said more than $22 million had been invested in the redevelopment project, including more than $17 million from the Palaszczuk Government, and most of the construction contracts were awarded to local firms.

“The project has contributed more than 45 full-time jobs to the Bundaberg economy, and well over 100 local tradies – from carpenters, floor layers, cabinet makers, plumbers, electricians, landscapers and concreters – have been involved throughout the construction of the centre,” Ms Trad said.

“We’re engaging with First Nations organisations for commercial and cultural opportunities at the new centre, which will be opening in the coming weeks.

“Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) have also employed five new rangers to work in the new centre during the peak turtle nesting season.

“Once opened, the Bundaberg community will continue to benefit as the centre will inject millions of tourism dollars to the local economy, while promoting the importance of turtle conservation.”

Minister Enoch said Mon Repos is home to the largest population of nesting loggerhead turtles in the South Pacific and the centre will play a crucial part in the survival of this endangered turtle.

“The centre will offer a year-round state-of-the-art experience, with touch screen televisions, vivid displays, an immersive theatre room and interpretive signage,” Ms Enoch said.

“This redevelopment now provides a contemporary ecotourism experience that allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in marine turtle research and conservation.

“The design of the centre was carefully considered to ensure the building is ecologically sustainable, long-lasting and had minimal impact on the surrounding environment.”

Minister Enoch said the new building is located behind sand dunes, which provide a natural light shield between the building and the beach to reduce light spill which can disorientate turtle hatchlings.

“The turtle tours offered at Mon Repos are world famous. More than 30,000 people visit the centre each year to experience the wonder of seeing a turtle lay her eggs, or to witness hundreds of tiny hatchlings emerging from their nest and making a dash into the ocean for the very first time.

“The first turtle of the season – a 70-year-old female flatback – has already made her arrival, coming ashore on 16 October for her 17th breeding season here at Mon Repos.

“During the peak of the season, up to 20 turtles a night will come ashore to nest on the 1.5 kilometre sandy beach.”

Turtle tours run from November to March each year, with the Nightly Turtle Encounter tours starting on 9 November. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from https://www.bundabergregion.org/turtles.

The new Mon Repos Turtle Centre will be open for night tours from 9 November and day tours from 18 November. An official opening is planned for 23 November.

The Bundaberg community will have an opportunity to join rangers for a fun-filled community day to acknowledge the important work the Bundaberg community do to promote turtle conservation. Open days will be held on Sunday 24 November and Sunday 8 December.

More information about the Mon Repos Turtle Centre redevelopment and the turtle tours is available at https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/mon-repos/.    

JOINT STATEMENT
Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Jackie Trad
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

 
Animals Wildlife or Pets Environment Political Queensland Government Tourism Tourist Destinations Water Sports and Marine Activities
Social:   

Jackie Trad MP : Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships :
Suite 1/90 Vulture Street, Brisbane
07 3255 3615
07 3255 3627
Jackie Trad MP : Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Decisive action by Palaszczuk Government protects more Queensland jobs 05 May 2020 | New data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows Queensland’s economy is weathering the storm of COVID-19 better than any other Australian state. More information...
Palaszczuk Government delivers support for health, jobs and business 22 April 2020 | Emergency measures to support Queenslanders, the business community and the industries which will deliver the State back to economic prosperity have been passed by Parliament. More information...
Connecting Queenslanders with jobs and training 16 April 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government has opened a new online portal that will connect Queenslanders who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 with new job opportunities. More information...
Palaszczuk Government moves to protect retail and commercial tenants 09 April 2020 | Commercial and retail tenants will be protected from evictions under a series of measures to protect businesses and jobs unveiled by the Palaszczuk Government. More information...
Special COVID-19 Protections for residential tenants and owners 09 April 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government has unveiled a package of measures to implement the freeze on evictions. More information...
Payroll tax refund delivers $50 million to Queensland businesses 28 March 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government’s payroll tax refund initiative for businesses hit by COVID-19 has already seen more than $50 million land in the bank accounts of more than 2300 Queensland businesses right across the... More information...
Strict travel restrictions in place for Queensland’s Indigenous communities 27 March 2020 | Strict travel restrictions applying to Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from the COVID-19 outbreak have now come into effect. More information...
Queenslanders get the keys to new renewable energy 26 March 2020 | Queenslanders now own their first new renewable energy generation in 20 years, with publicly owned generator CleanCo building a new wind farm near Warwick as part of a precinct that will create 400 jobs and supply... More information...
Queensland braces for COVID-19 impacts 19 March 2020 | The latest employment figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Queensland is entering the long ordeal of coronavirus impacts from a position of strength. More information...
Power disconnections stopped to support vulnerable Queenslanders 19 March 2020 | Ergon and Energex are to back off disconnecting power for householders experiencing hardship due to the ongoing impacts of coronavirus. More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service