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    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Brisbane student nets iconic expedition to Great Barrier Reef

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Brisbane student nets iconic expedition to Great Barrier Reef

    A Brisbane student has won a once-in-a-lifetime research expedition to the Great Barrier Reef with marine biologist and Emmy Award-winning ocean cinematographer Richard Fitzpatrick.

    Minister for the Great Barrier Reef Steven Miles today congratulated Gabriella Brancatini on landing the trip after she completed an online Reef scientist quiz at the World Science Festival in Brisbane.

    “I hope this turns out to be a fabulous experience for Gabriella who is in her first year at university studying agribusiness and sustainable agriculture,” Mr Miles said.

    “She will gain a direct insight into the health of the Reef and how we are all working together to ensure it continues to be a worldwide icon.”

    The Reef scientist initiative was supported by a community partnership involving the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Queensland outdoor media company, goa.

    Stunning Reef imagery was shared across the goa GRID - goa’s network of digital billboards - to encourage Queenslanders to take an active interest in protecting the Reef by becoming Reef scientists.

    Those who completed the online challenge had their names up in lights on goa’s digital billboards as well as going in the draw to win a trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

    Goa’s CEO Chris Tyquin said it was an important initiative for the company to be part of.

    “As Queenslanders, it is up to us to be at the forefront of protecting our national treasure,” Mr Tyquin said.

    “We see the partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation as the first step in fulfilling our duty towards conservation, innovation and research to protect the Reef.

    “Our aim is to give the public the tools to join forces with the Foundation and start their own conservation journey.”

    Great Barrier Reef Foundation Managing Director, Anna Marsden, said more than 2,500 people completed the Reef quiz.

    “The Reef scientist initiative lets everyone who loves our Great Barrier Reef get involved in protecting it by finding out more, understanding the threats facing it, the solutions being developed and how their everyday actions can help keep the Reef great,” Ms Marsden said.

    “I’m delighted to announce that we’re extending this opportunity by taking our Reef display to eight regional and south-east Queensland community events over the next three months and offering another chance to win a coveted place on a research expedition to the Great Barrier Reef.”

    Mr Miles said the Palaszczuk Government had provided funding for the World Science Festival display to tour throughout Queensland starting with the Bundaberg Show in May and ending with the Ekka in August.

    “This display will reach more than 600,000 people throughout Queensland, travelling to Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Pine Rivers and Brisbane.”

    The Reef scientist initiative will continue until October and a second Great Barrier Reef trip is available to win. People can enter in person at a Reef Think Tank display or online. Entries close on 1 October 2017.

    Visit to put your knowledge to the test and identify what’s great and not great for the Reef.


    Reef Think Tank schedule

    31 May – 2 June

    Bundaberg Show

    4 June

    Ecofest Gladstone

    14 – 16 June

    Rockhampton Show

    20 – 22 June

    Mackay Show

    30 June – 3 July

    Townsville Show

    19 – 21 July

    Cairns Show

    4 – 6 August

    Pine Rivers Show

    11 – 20 August

    Royal Queensland Show Brisbane (The Ekka)


    Media contact: Katharine Wright: 0422 580342