Historic Symbol of Reef Protection – Ninney Rise

what a wonderful weekend at Ninney Rise

More info and pictures will be posted from cassowary coast hinchinbrook branch soon

Here is Cherry’s message (I am sure she wont mind us sharing it with you)

“It was deeply moving to meet everyone during the Reef and Rainforest Conference at Ninney Rise last week. I was so impressed at the depth of knowledge, passion and commitment from all those that attended. 

To the individuals who’ve fought hard to protect the most precious and fragile environments on earth, I am eternally grateful. 

It was heartening to snorkel over Ellison Reef  and see it alive and healthy.   

Reminds me of this quote:  

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead  

Together we stand to protect the Reef. 

Thank you, 


Cherry Muddle Great Barrier Reef Community Campaigner

Australian Marine Conservation Society



9 July 2014

 AMCS welcomes handover of historic Reef protection symbol, Ninney Rise

The birthplace of the original campaign to ‘Save the Great Barrier Reef’ was given back to Australians in a recent ceremony at Mission Beach, North Queensland. The handover of the beachfront property, ‘Ninney Rise’ took place at a conference to celebrate decades of Reef protection that attracted leading scientists, artists, writers, traditional owners, and conservationists.

Artist John Büsst built Ninney Rise in 1960 and led the campaign alongside one of Australia’s greatest poets Judith Wright, scientists, and conservation groups including the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS). The campaign saved Ellison Reef – a coral Reef off Dunk Island  – from mining in the 1960s. The campaign led to the listing of the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage site.

The Ninney Rise property was donated to the Queensland Government in 1990. Last Thursday it was officially handed over to the Friends of Ninney Rise – a partnership between community, conservation groups, NRM and tourism.

AMCS (then known as the Queensland Littoral Society) was a key player in the Save the Reef campaign decades ago and welcomed the Queensland Government’s handover of Ninney Rise.

AMCS Great Barrier Reef Campaigner Cherry Muddle said the handover was a historic moment and a fantastic outcome for the community.

“It was moving handover and will be the catalyst for strengthening alliances between tourism, conservation, and community,” she said.

“However, support and funding is needed to ensure the Friends of Ninney Rise can continue to protect the property and all it represents.

“I was overwhelmed by the level of passion, support and commitment from the community to carry on the conservation work of John Büsst.

“Ninney Rise is a symbol of hope. It has a rich history that embodies art, culture, science, nature, beauty, and is deeply connected with protecting the World Heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef.

“It was deeply inspiring to snorkel Ellison Reef with veteran coral scientist, DrCharlie Veron. Ellison is alive and healthy thanks to a committed group of incredible people who fought passionately to save the Reef, and won”, Ms  Muddle said.

Media contact: Cherry Muddle 0429 085 047
To donate or find out more info go to: 

Cherry Muddle

Great Barrier Reef Community Campaigner

Australian Marine Conservation Society

Airlie Beach

ph: 0429 085 047


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