Australians are swimming and snorkelling to vote for the New7Wonders of Nature at the world’s most remote polling boot on the Great Barrier Reef. The booth was set up on the tiny sandbank island of Upolu Cay, 30 kilometres northeast of Cairns, by Tourism Australia to promote voting for the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru in the New7Wonders of Nature.
“Seeing a polling both set up in the middle of the ocean, miles from civilisation was certainly very surreal,” said snorkeller, Laura Turner from Queensland. “After seeing how incredible the Great Barrier Reef is with my own eyes, the booth gave me the ideal opportunity to place my vote right there and then, it definitely deserves to be named one of the New7of Wonders of Nature.”
Executive Director of Earth Hour Global and ambassador for the Great Barrier Reef in the New7Wonders of Nature campaign, Andy Ridley, told the Sydney Morning Herald that it’s important for Australians to get behind their national icons.
“There’s no question about it, the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru are simply two of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. We need to ensure that each continues to be recognised on a global scale,” he said. “I encourage every Australian to show their support and vote for our icons in the New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign.”
“It’s great for Australia to have two of our most beloved natural icons shortlisted in this worldwide campaign,” Tourism Australia Managing Director, Andrew McEvoy, said.