The beautiful islands on my doorstep are covered in oil:
Sixty kilometres of coastline is covered in the slick, which came from the Pacific Adventurer after it was damaged earlier this week in rough seas whipped up by cyclone Hamish.
Up to 100,000 litres of heavy fuel oil leaked into the ocean from the cargo ship.
Moreton Island – about 40 kilometres off Brisbane – is the worst affected.
About 350 workers are trying to remove the sludge but it is a slow process and most of it has to be done by hand to avoid further damage to the environment.
I grew up camping and fishing on these islands. They are as much a part of my “home” as my house is.