Short film about marine turtles wins at awards

WWF-Australia's documentary about the Great Barrier Reef's marine turtles, Sending the gungu home, has won $1,000 for the 'best community organisation' category in the Aurora Short Film Festival Awards (ASFF).

The documentary includes footage of work being done around Bowen to protect sea turtles from disease.

WWF-Australia will celebrate this award with its community partners, James Cook University, Reef HQ, the Queen's Beach Action Group and the Gudjuda Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation and Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, by investing the award money back into turtle health.

Darren Grover, WWF-Australia's National Manager - Species, Terrestrial and Indigenous Partnerships Support said he was pleased to announce that the award money would go towards the purchase of satellite trackers to monitor the movements of turtles out on the Great Barrier Reef.

"It's important we understand the movements of marine turtles so we can identify where they feed, where they breed and what threats may be impacting on these areas," Mr Grover said.

WWF-Australia first launched its turtle research program back in 2010, which has helped researchers at JCU and
Townsville's Reef HQ to care for more than 130 injured and sick turtles.

Mr Grover said the announcement of the ASFF award is a testament to the passion, dedication and hard work of a number of community organisations doing some amazing work trying to save marine turtles on the Great Barrier Reef.

"We'd like to thank Aurora Channel, our stakeholders, and the hundreds of people across North Queensland who

publicly showed their support for marine turtles by getting online and voting for Sending the gungu home," Mr Grover said.