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Open day at Cape Cleveland welcomes over 10,000 local visitors

Open day at Cape Cleveland welcomes over 10,000 local visitors


Image: AIMS

Distance was no object for the more-than-10,000 people who visited AIMS’ Cape Cleveland facility on a sunny mid-winter Sunday this year.

50 kilometres from Townsville, surrounded by 207 hectares of national park and marine reserve, AIMS treated visitors to four live theatre shows, 24 science displays, presentations from 23 keen marine scientists, tours of the National Sea Simulator and the opportunity to view research vessel RV Cape Ferguson.

“It was wonderful to share what AIMS does and why we do it with people who were interested and enthusiastic to know,” says David Mead, AIMS’ Chief Operating Officer. “We are so grateful to everyone who contributed to the event’s success.”

For local businesses, teachers and students, officials, and families, it was an up-close-and-personal chance to learn about Australia’s tropical marine environment from AIMS’ world-class scientists.

Topics of the day ranged from climate change to marine microbes, and about AIMS’ work that spans from the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef on the east coast, to Shark Bay and the Abrolhos Islands in the west.

AIMS team members were chuffed to receive plenty of very positive feedback:

  • "It was a lovely day, thank you for all the effort that was put into it, it was great to see so many people enjoying the experience"
  • "What a great event! Congratulations on a well organised, fun and interesting day for the people of Townsville"
  • "Great day. Amazing to see so many people there taking an interest in the Reef and the work done at AIMS".

There was a warm welcome to country from Randal Ross, and contributions from the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Council members, and local organisations including the Cungulla Rural Fire Brigade, Queensland Cancer Fund and the Giru Polo Cross Club.