Twinnies get their own tinnie

Bridgette and Paula Powers with more than 300 Noddy Terns rescued from Lady Elliot Island.
Bridgette and Paula Powers with more than 300 Noddy Terns rescued from Lady Elliot Island. John Mccutcheon

ALL you boaties out there - make way for our twinnies in a tinnie.

They are about to launch themselves into their admirable seabird rescue work with renewed vigour thanks to a charitable grant.

Twin forces for nature Paula and Bridgette Powers sat in their new Ray Scholes Quintrex 430 Escape runabout with 40hp outboard at Tewantin boat ramp last week and declared they would never have to worry about an injured pelican throwing up in someone else's vessel ever again.

Thanks to a Jupiter's Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant of more than $21,000 and a generous deal from the Noosa boat dealer, the creators of Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue are geared up to be an independent aquatic rescue service - as soon as they get the hang of backing the trailer of their snazzy new 4.3m "office".

It's been 13 years since the two sisters, who are based at Landsborough - fittingly on Steve Irwin Way - saw a turtle in need of help.

And it was from there that they were inspired to jump right into the thick of saving their beloved pelicans.

"Up until now we've had to rely on the co-operation of local boaties - if a seabird needed rescuing we had to wave them down," they said.

To help The Twinnies' work, visit twinniespelicanandseabirdrescue.com. Donations are always welcome.

Call 0421 476 561.

Topics:  animal rescue, animals, boats, fundraising, seabirds, tinnie



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