The following comes from the Southern Peninsula Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association.
This brings us to me, Jessica Durrant, long-time local resident, environmental activist and huge Tootgarook Swamp supporter if my status as public officer for two of the prominent wetland groups is anything to go by.
So when Save Tootgarook Swamp Incorporated brought up the need to increase the awareness of the plight facing the swamp currently and to raise funds to help aid the group to continue its fight against development within the swamp and further the Ramsar wetland of significance nomination for the area I was more than happy to help.
I have issued myself the challenge to take leave from my full-time job and complete a 100 hour challenge starting Wednesday 20th February to Friday 1st March 2013.
You can show your support for this valuable wetland by sponsoring part or all of my walk.
My challenge will involve my walking (with various supporters) around the Tootgarook Swamp, an area of 381 hectares, which is about 21kms for 10 hours every day for 10 days straight, 8.00am to 6.00pm. A total of 100 hours.
Over that period I will document and record the happenings within the Tootgarook Swamp, both good and bad, and record them on this page and on the Save Tootgarook Swamp Incorporated Facebook page. Thus enabling the public to observe my progress and daily logs and view first hand the pressures facing this fragile area. Various different volunteers will accompany me throughout the walk to keep me going.
If you can support the walk please check here.