Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Weather woes close Mon Repos turtle rookery

By Alyse Edwards, Thursday March 7, 2013 - 12:12 EDT

Bad weather and beach erosion has forced authorities to close the Mon Repos turtle rookery to tourists near Bundaberg in southern Queensland.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has closed turtle encounter tours at Mon Repos three weeks early.

Head ranger Cathy Gatley says recent flooding and storms severely damaged the beach and it is unsafe for night tours.

She says 380 turtles came ashore this season but ex-tropical cyclone Oswald washed away about 59 per cent of egg clutches.

Ms Gatley says 16,000 tourists visited the conservation park before the flooding.

The turtle hatching season will begin again in November.


© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclone watch issued for north-eastern Top End communities

21:10 EDT

Coastal communities in north-east Arnhem land should prepare now for the predicted Tropical Cyclone Nora, which is expected to hit the region on Friday.

Tropical Cyclone Nora expected to hit Arnhem Land, Cape York Peninsula

18:06 EDT

Communities in north-east Arnhem Land and along the Cape York peninsula should prepare for a cyclone to hit this weekend.

Pipeline that supplies water to pastoralists in far-west NSW to be decommissioned

17:01 EDT

A deteriorating pipeline that supplies raw water for pastoralists in far west New South Wales will be decommissioned once authorities secure alternative options.