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Six-year-old sets sights on saving marine life

News release
12 August 2014

“All life is precious and we should do everything we can to help”, are the winning words of Whyalla Wildlife Warrior Riley Hancock. Six-year-old Riley is the winner of a competition to ‘Save our Marine life’ run by Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula (NREP).

Riley’s winning STOP sign design was inspired by NREP Officer Kate Brocklehurst’s article in the Whyalla News on Fitzgerald Bay and how rubbish from boats and other sources is killing marine life. Riley was moved by Kate’s article and wanted to do something to stop rubbish ending up in the ocean.

“It’s not fair on our animals that they get damaged and ill from our rubbish,” Riley said. “People should just put all their rubbish in a bin when they get home or while they are at the beach. The fish on my sign are swimming freely without rubbish; and all the rubbish is in a bin where it belongs,” he said.

Kate Brocklehurst said Riley’s design is absolutely fantastic and is exactly what they were looking for.

“The message is clear – our animals deserve a clean marine environment and we can do that by putting our rubbish where it belongs, in a bin, not in the ocean,” she said.

“I would like to thank everyone who entered the competition, the entries were all great - well done everyone. Riley’s winning sign design will be used in schools across the Eyre Peninsula highlighting the danger of marine debris and the importance of keeping our oceans clean.”

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