Following a successful presentation at The World Maritime University in Malmo, AUSMEPA Executive Office, Julie Nash traveled on to Greece where she met with founding INTERMEPA members the Helenic Marine Environment Protection Association - HELMEPA
HELMEPA and AUSMEPA have a special bond. AUSMEPA, formed in the year 2000, is one of many offshoots from the original innovative Greek association formed in 1982.
That's 37 years of educating, acting and changing behaviour!
Additionally first Chairman of AUSMEPA was Captain Michael Alexander, who was raised in Greece. Captain Alexander lead AUSMEPA through some creative early years and stayed on in an advisory capacity for many years afterwards.
HELMEPA has done a remarkable job in demonstrating how the Greek community could and would make a difference to their coastal waters and shores.
While visiting the HELMEPA education centre Ms Nash interacted with Greek students who showed a strong desire to help their environment. One activity undertaken regularly is beach clean-up.
Thanks HELMEPA for leading the way and giving us all a wonderful example of how a motivated community can make a difference. You can visit the HELMEPA website here.