For thousands of years the majestic Humpback Whale has been visiting the Fraser Coast Region on it's annual migration.
Finally, after years of whaling, we are now starting to see an increase in the population of humpbacks travelling the east coast of Australia. Now, more than ever, we need to protect them.
National Whale Day is a day to recognise the threats these amazing creatures still face including whaling, climate change, fishing entanglement and ship strikes.
On behalf of the organizing crew for the
2013 Paddle Out for Whales event, we’d like to thank you for your support and
involvement. Almost everything taken to stage the event is a donated service.
This is something that continues to inspire us to keep it going, and give the
Fraser Coast community a platform to unite for the whales. Over 700 paddlers
took part in this year’s stunt, it just keeps gaining momentum, which is just
wonderful to see.
It’s great to be able to showcase a community with a true
passion for whales and a vested interest in protecting them. This year,
paddlers came from further afield to take part in our unique peaceful protest.
The awareness is growing year after year, and each time it becomes more
involved and challenging to put together. To see those paddles raised in the
air and the enthusiasm out on the water supporting the key message to protect
whales, is something that makes it all worthwhile each and every time.
A massive thank you to each and every one
of you who have been a part of another wonderful Paddle Out for Whales.
You can check out our Facebook page for all of the wonderful pictures from the day, and share yours too.
We are delighted to present a couple of awesome music acts at this year's Paddle Out for Whales. Amongst a number of local bands performing throughout the day, we are also excited to present 'The Flumes' back to the Paddle Out for Whales event and Byron Bay's 'Nathan Kaye'. Here's a little bit more about these talented groups....
He’s recently toured with Pete Murray and now he’s joining us at the Paddle Out all the way from Byron Bay.
An influential part of the Australian blues and roots scene, Nathan Kaye, the globe-trotting one-man-band who thumps out his songs on slide guitar, slide-didge & electronic foot drums at festivals, bars and has even been known to smash out 5 hour sets in outback hotel rooms on mushrooms.
NK is a one-man band and a talent packed show that has to be seen to be believed. Trust us, you’ll be better for it.
It’s the best sweaty, dirty, sexy, good-vibed foot-stomp you'll get from one man.
The Flumes are back again to support the whales and the Paddle Out event. A huge thanks to Kayt and Stephan for lending their music once again to giving whales a voice. All the way from the Sunshine Coast with their stunning sounds…
Electric Harp pouring out psychedelic melodies over a stylin rhythm section laced with soulful vocals, kicking out a lushly funky, dark and sparkling, intoxicating brew.
Harper Kayt Wallace immerses herself in 36 strings of Electric Harp, artfully bending the organic tones of this ancient instrument as her vocals sweep from whispers to soulful roars. Combined with the tasty grooves of rhythm section players Stephan Beattie on Bass/Guitar & Elliot Gwynne on skins; the Flumes transcend genres awakening audiences to the deliciousness of music and kicking out a fat live sound, making them a must see live act.
For all of you genre junkies out there, this psychedelic trio loosely aligns with the Alt-folk/Roots movement, but if you’re expecting Irish ditties prepare to have your preconceptions blown. With Kayt’s wah and delay stylings on the harp and smoky vocal hues, The Flumes slip through the cracks somewhere between Portishead and Hendrix.
Springing from the sultry depths of the deep North, the Flumes are at home on the Sunshine Coast. Received warmly both on festival stages and intimate venues, The Flumes have performed at the following soirees; Woodford, Island Vibe, Earth Frequency, Mission Evolve, Kuranda Roots, Winter Solstice, Caloundra Music, Palm Creek, Yungaburra + Australian Body Art festivals, their support slots include; Kingfisha, The Beards, Stringmansassy and the Violent Femmes. The Flumes have also been known to lend their sound to stage, screen and pyro-theatre.
In just a few weeks, the majestic humpback whales return to relax in the Bay’s protected waters, a natural phenomenon that occurs like this nowhere else in the world. To coincide with their return to safe waters, the Fraser Coast will hold the annual Paddle Out for Whales stunt. Since it’s inception as a modest local protest, the event has now evolved into Australia’s largest anti-whaling stunt supported by locals and gaining notoriety from whale campaigners from right across Australia.
On Saturday 13 July, paddlers will emerge on the beach in front of Enzo’s on the Beach at Scarness to show their support for protecting whales. Paddlers in the hundreds will take to the water forming a circle to hold a one-minute silence as they roll with the waves reflecting on the threats whales still face- including whaling, ship strikes and noise pollution. Flowers are released into the water throughout the ceremony representing the whales slaughtered in Australia’s declared southern whale sanctuary this past hunting season as a sea plane will fly overhead to photograph the stunt.
The event will also act as an educational platform put on by Fraser Coast volunteers that will see a host of guest speakers including Sea Shepherd member Mikey May who in recent years has been in the southern ocean on the front line defending whales as a member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Australian Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society’s Paul Hodda will also attend giving talks on the scientific side of the Bay’s whales and there’ll be plenty of whale themed activities for visitors to take part in. There’ll also be a visit from the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary bringing down some dingoes and snakes.
A full entertainment program will kick off following the paddle out stunt with performances by popular Sunshine Coast outfit “The Flumes “, Byron Bay sensation “Nathan Kaye” along with local performers “Leon and the Skinny White Boys”, “The Sunny Beach Band”, the “Nefertitti Dancers” and the traditional warm up for paddlers with “Fraser Coast Zumba”. All of the performances, speakers and entertainment come as a donated service by the whale-loving artists who have a personal passion to save the whales as well as the local businesses in the background who have supported the event donating everything required to stage it. There’s even free face painting for the kids from 10am-1pm and a free jumping castle. And to top it off, Sea FM will be broadcasting live from the event.
Once again, there will be a raft building competition for families or individuals taking part in the stunt. The previous years have seen some creative paddling devices and organisers hope to see more creativity displayed on the day. A family dolphin watch is awarded to the best creation on board Blue Dolphin Marine Tours.
Organiser Vicki Neville says that they hope to see the 2013 event as the most supported yet.
“Paddle Out for Whales is a peaceful protest. It’s completely free to take part in or to come along and join in the festivities to learn more about our whales. All you need is something to float on and to register on the day and you too can give whales a voice on this day. We hope that the Fraser Coast community will help us to make the 2013 event the biggest Paddle Out for Whales to date. We have to top 562 paddlers on the water!”
The Paddle Out for Whales entertainment program will kick off at 9:00am at the beach in front of Enzo’s on the Beach. The paddle out will take to the water at 11:00am and registration is essential. Those who can’t paddle out can still register to paddle their toes- it still counts.
Hervey Bay’s National
Whale Day stunt, Paddle Out for Whales, is set to take place next month kicking
off the Bay’s whale watching season. Whilst still highlighting the event’s
trademark anti-whaling message, this year’s event will have a strong call to action-
to ask for silence for the whales.
In partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the event
is demanding “silence” from the major political parties, in the form of an
action plan to deal with the negative effects on whales of this unseen
As part of IFAW’s
National Whale Day campaign, the organization last week launched a report
called “Breaking the Silence: how our noise pollution is harming whales”. The
report aims to draw attention to the dangers whales face as a result of man-made underwater noise pollution.
Currently, government relaxed exploration around some of Australia’s whale
hotspots means there are widespread interferences between whales and ocean
Many people are unaware
that ocean noise pollution even exists, as it’s a romantic notion that the
ocean is silent and tranquil. But, the ocean has always been alive with sound –
from the breaking waves to the voices of marine life. However, humans are now
ratcheting up the volume levels in whale hotspots around Australia, whether the
constant rumble of shipping through the Great Barrier Reef, deep-sea drilling
off Ningaloo, the deafening sounds of seismic surveys in blue whale feeding
ground off South Australia or even the increased vessel noise hear in the Gold
Just because we cannot
see noise pollution, doesn’t mean it’s not a danger. Whales rely completely on
sound to communicate, navigate, find food, attract mates, detect predators and
interact socially, so noise pollution threatens every aspect of the way they
live their lives. Underwater noise from human activities is increasing
dramatically around the country, yet government and industry action is failing
to keep pace with our knowledge of the risks noise pollution poses to these magnificent
The Paddle Out for
Whales stunt on 13 July will hold a one-minute silence with paddlers on the
water to highlight the importance of the need for a change in policies on ocean
noise pollution. The stunt will give paddlers the chance to reflect on the need
for a silent ocean for whale communication and navigation.
Organiser Vicki Neville
says the event hopes to send an important message to the government.
“We are calling on
Labor, the Coalition and the Greens to present a coherent action plan of how to
deal with ocean noise pollution and understand that it’s detrimental not just
to whales but all marine life. A better solution is urgently needed.”
Image Caption: Whale hot spot and ocean
noise pollution map by IFAW.
Enzo’s On The Beach (Scarness, Hervey Bay, Queenlsand)
Planning is underway for this year’s Paddle Out for Whales, which is set to take place on Saturday,
13th July 2013 at Enzo’s on the Beach on the Fraser Coast. Organisers are hoping that this year’s
event will be the largest to date, since it’s conception as a small protest day to save whales 8 years
ago. This will be the fourth annual paddle out stunt since its evolution to this format.
Last year, a day of festivities was unfortunately washed out after the paddle, so organizers are
excited to pull together the entertainment program for this year’s event, which will include music,
performers and guest speakers. And not forgetting of course the largest paddle out for whale
conservation held across Australia, if not the world.
“The feeling out on the water last year was absolutely amazing, it was very emotional, especially
when the helicopter flew around us and came in really low, I think everyone had the adrenaline
pumping!” organizer Vicki Neville said.
Participants are encouraged to paddle out on a flotation device, whether it be a kayak, surfboard,
boogie board, stand up paddle board or even their own home made raft. Those that don’t want to
brave the winter chill, can also participate by lining the beach and paddling their toes in the water
and releasing a flower just as the paddlers do. It still counts for the overall paddlers count.
The event was born when Hervey Bay’s Vicki Neville held the first National Whale Day as a protest to
the Australian government when Humpback Whales were included on the Japanese hunting quota in
the Southern Ocean. At the time, Hervey Bay was a world-renowned humpback whale watching
destination with whale tourism the number one industry worth over $70 million to the local
economy. The threat of whaling activated this community to take a stand against the slaughter and
protect the whales and their industry. The event was eventually picked up by IFAW as their annual
anti-whaling campaign taking the event to a national platform.
The Hervey Bay community is growing with passionate locals taking a stand against the slaughter.
22-year-old Alistair Allan has just returned from a Sea Shepherd mission in the Southern Ocean as a
crewmember on board the organisations new vessel the Sam Simon. Alistair says that the Paddle
Out is an important awareness day to help with their fight to protect the species.
“Every year the illegal Japanese whaling fleet attempts to slaughter 1035 whales in the Southern
Ocean whale sanctuary. Every year Sea Shepherd goes down to obstruct their hunt.
But we could not do it without the ongoing awareness campaigns that bring light to this issue and in
turn create support for Sea Shepherd. Events such as Hervey Bay’s Paddle Out for Whales helps to
educate people on this issue, which translates into support for whale conservation, but also places
Hervey Bay in the position it should be. Everyone in Hervey Bay should be against whaling as every
year the amazing animals grace us with their presence in our very own bay. This year Japan killed
103 whales. While we mourn their deaths we celebrate the fact that 932 whales are swimming alive
and free and that we will see some of those whales very shortly in Hervey Bay. Events like this
ensure that there will be whales in Hervey Bay for generations to come.”
The Paddle Out for Whales evolved and has now become an important and fun day on Hervey Bay’s
calendar organised in a 100% volunteer capacity. Bob Irwin has shown his support over the years
and has become the official ambassador for the cause with champion Iron woman Hayley Bateup
participating in last year’s event.
For updates and information check out the Paddle Out for Whales facebook page.
: Amanda French | Ph: 0467 289 79m: email@example.com
Hervey Bay, the whale watch capital of the world, over the weekend held the third annual Paddle Out for Whales. Australia's largest anti-whaling protest as part of IFAW's National Whale Day. Even the poor weather didn't deter participants getting in the water and making a stand against whaling.
Despite the weather yesterday (officially the coldest day on record for the year so far), the Paddle Out for Whales 2012 was a great success! We had a sensational turn out despite the fact that it was absolutely freezing cold on the beach and in the water.
Bob Irwin and Hayley Bateup, our event ambassadors, did a sensational job opening the day and had a great time themselves. We took all of the volunteers and event crew for a sunset sail on the Friday night before the paddle out to get to know each other and kick back before the manic day. It was lots of fun! Saw lots of dolphins and turtles from Blue Dolphin Marine Tours who kindly donated the trip for the event.
We had people moved to tears on the beach as they watched on at the stunt. We had the sounds of Hervey Bay's humpbacks playing through the loudspeaker as the paddlers took to the water followed by a very moving one minute silence as we waited for the helicopter to do a fly over. We released 267 flowers into the water representing the whales slaughtered last hunting season and it was quite moving watching them all wash into shore.
The paddlers that came back into shore after the stunt were buzzing with excitement. Everyone commented about the experience saying that it was exhilarating waiting for the helicopter to fly over and that the one minute silence was highly emotive.
We noticed this year that "word of mouth" really was out there, with people coming from all around Australia to take part. The awareness about the event is spreading to more than just the local community. Really restores our faith that the support for the cause is out there and there is strong support towards putting an end to whaling.
We had to cancel some of the outdoor entertainment due to the weather which was unfortunate but ended up moving the bands and movie screening inside and had a lovely little acoustic evening toasty warm inside Enzo's on the Beach. The Flumes, Mitch Davis and the Dawn Chorus, The Green Room and Ollie Jackson did a great job entertaining us well into the night. A huge thanks to the guys from those bands who drove up in the rain to be part of the event and donating their time for the whales.
A huge shout out to Enzo and the crew from Enzo's on the Beach for hosting the event this year. They were seriously wonderful and donated so much of their time and services to us this year. Couldn't have pulled it off without them and we're going to bottle Enzo's passion for everyone next year!
A BIG thank you to all of our volunteers, performers and paddlers for taking part in the 2012 event. Everything to put on the event is a donated service for the whales and we were so happy to see the support in 2012. The date for the 2013 Paddle Out for Whales has been set for June 22nd. Mark it in your diaries and prepare to paddle out for whales in the new year!
Tomorrow the whale watch capital will unite to give whales a voice at the annual Paddle Out for Whales event in Hervey Bay.
Registration kicks off from 9:30am for paddlers to take part in the stunt that will see participants take to the water in mass to protest against whaling. The event falls just weeks before the annual International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting that will decide on quotas for whaling communities for the upcoming hunting season. Paddle Out for Whales is a stunt that coincides with the International Fund for Animal Welfare's 'National Whale Day' event which this year saw 80 communities around the nation host events like Paddle Out for Whales. The day aims to send an important message to the IWC that Australians do not support whaling. Hervey Bay's event remains one of the organisation's largest of the National Whale Day events.
For interested media, a media call will take place at 10:30am on the beach in front of Enzo's on the Beach in Hervey Bay with the event's ambassadors- Bob Irwin and champion Ironwoman Hayley Bateup. An opportunity to interview Bob and Hayley about their involvement in the event will be available to you at this time.
Everything taken to run the event has been a donated service or performance in support of the Bay's whales. We have performers and guest speakers coming from right across the state to take part.
Come along and give whales a voice and join in this great cause.
Paddle Out for Whales has reinvented itself yet again with this year’s event emerging into a full on festival for the whales. It will include the event’s largest programme to date, with a full day of entertainment planned amongst the important awareness message about whaling and marine conservation.
From its origins as National Whale Day 7 years ago, the event has now emerged as one of Australia’s largest protests against whaling. Each year the event kicks off with a paddle out stunt, seeing hundreds take to the water to make an aerial statement for the overhead spotter plane sending the important message that the whale watch capital does not support whaling. This year, the day will extend to more than just the paddle out with an afternoon for the whales that is... completely free!
Festivities will start from 9:30am when registration for the paddle kicks off on the beach in front of Enzo’s on the Beach Cafe with the Nefertiti Dancers performing the Dugong Rock with Harvey the Whale. Following on will be the Fraser Coast Zumba team giving paddlers the chance to warm up for Australia’s biggest paddle out for whale conservation. Paddlers will then take to the water at 11am to show respect and remember the 267 whales that were taken in Antarctica over summer. Champion Ironwoman Hayley Bateup will lead the paddle out with conservation ambassador Bob Irwin taking part in the stunt as well.
But it doesn’t end there. The afternoon will see conservation talks by the team from various whale groups with a connection to Hervey Bay. Hervey Bay’s Pacific Whale Foundation will give a presentation on their 30 years of whale research on the Bay’s whales. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will also give a presentation, including a first-hand recollection from Hervey Bay’s Mikey May, who has taken part in the annual journey south to protect the whales from the Japanese whalers onboard Sea Shepherd’s Bob Barker. This will be an informative presentation of what it is like defending the whales in the front line!
Rock Off Hervey Bay will hold a skateboarding demonstration and competition with giveaways and prizes to be won. There’s plenty for the young kids as well with beach activities, jumping castle, mechanical surfboard and face painting.
The Great Scott Show is also back with his award-winning circus tricks for the kids and the big kids at heart. He was a hit at the 2011 Paddle Out and couldn’t resist a return visit to the Fraser Coast for this special event.
For the big kids, there’s even the chance to try your hand at pilates on a paddle board! Living Large Personal training will be running a workshop on the water for this special paddle out experiment.
Sit back and chill out throughout the afternoon with original live music from renowned Sunshine Coast bands The Flumes, Mitch Davis and the Dawn Chorus, The Green Room and Ollie Jackson. Their grooves promise to deliver some seriously infectious moves to keep you warmed up at this year’s event.
And to top it all off, there will be a twilight screening of award winning documentary ‘Mind’s in the Water’ following the story of pro-surfer Dave Rastovich in his quest to put an end to whaling. It’s an interesting watch and as an independent film has not previously been screened on the Fraser Coast. Bring along your own folding chair or picnic blanket to make yourselves comfortable.
So come on down, grab something to paddle out on to give whales a voice, join in the many activities and enjoy all the entertainment for a great day out for our whales. Our entertainers are coming from right across Queensland and have kindly donated their services to support the whales so come along and support them and join in the fun.
The event is set to take place on Saturday 23rd June at Enzo’s on the Beach.
Volunteers from the Paddle Out with Channel 7's Grant Denyer.
Want to volunteer for this year's Paddle Out for Whales? We need bodies on the beach to help set up from 7:00am on the morning of the 23rd June. Volunteer for an hour or all day, it's up to you. We need volunteers for the registration tents, set up and pack down and marshalling.
If you can spare a few hours and want to meet some lovely whale loving folk, then meet at Enzo's on the Beach between 7:00-7:30am for a briefing with the organisers.
Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers so far, we look forward to seeing you there next weekend.
We have a FULL afternoon of entertainment for the whales following the Paddle Out stunt at 11:00am. Check out our full list of performers and guest speakers on our BIOS page to read more. We have everything from pilates on paddle boards to some of the Coast's best grassroots musicians.
We have a fantastic event program for the day, so dry off after the paddle out, bring something warm, and enjoy an afternoon for the whales on us. It's completely free and there's plenty to do for the whole family. Don't forget to bring something comfortable to sit on for the outdoor screening of 'Minds in the Water' later in the evening.
A huge thank you to all of our musicians, entertainers and guest speakers who have donated their time, coming from all around Queensland for the whales.
The Great Scott Show is back again for the 2012 Paddle Out. Those little earbrows will be hitting the beach in front of Enzo's on the Beach to entertain paddlers with his comedy-circus act. The show is not to be missed! If you recognise this face, you might have seen him a few years back on Australia's Got Talent. Check out this clip to see The Great Scott Show in full swing:
Paddle Out for Whales are excited to bring to you a sensational afternoon of live original music. As part of the program, Mitch Davis and the Dawn Chorus will perform live from the beach stage. Here's a little more about the band...
Mitch Davis and the Dawn Chorus
MITCH DAVIS has been making his mark on the local and international music scene since 2008. Renowned for his intense delivery and uncanny ability to put into words personal tales; that captivate and speak universally to listeners from all ages and backgrounds. At 27, Mitch has neatly chiseled his distinct sound from an extensively wide range of genres, settling somewhere between Folk, Blues, Rock, Jazz and Indie. With a voice that stands unique and is power driven, you can’t help but stop, look and listen to what Mitch has to say.
2012 brings a new line up for his band. The Dawn Chorus is quickly building a reputation for its raw, yet undeniably tight knit stage show. Smooth keys and well-defined vocal harmonies create a warm bedding, whilst their rock-solid rhythm section entrances the crowd with infectious grooves and seamless dynamics.
Notoriously hard to put a finger on, Mitch Davis and The Dawn Chorus’s sound has been said to resemble the likes of Jeff Buckley, Chris Cornell, Joe Cocker, The Cold War Kids and even Sublime to name a few. However, what listeners usually find is something that draws from such a broad array of influences, that its much easier to label as, ‘it’s own.’
With the release of their debut album “Letters from Ropeshoe” and the launch of their multimedia EP (featuring the much-hyped video clip for “Becky’s Song”) along with an international tour under their belt and a steadily growing number of national shows and festivals, Mitch and his band look to make even bigger tracks. Plans for a full length album release with the new band line up, are set for mid 2012, as the guys take to the road for what looks to be a huge year.
You can find Mitch Davis and the Dawn Chorus’s music on facebook, myspace and youtube
A SEVERE case of hypothermia, seasickness and raging weather are just some of the experiences Hervey Bay's Michael May walked away with from his second year on Sea Shepherd's anti-whaling ship Bob Barker.
Mr May spends most of his year educating tourists as a guide on whale-watching boat Tasman Venture.
Over the past two years, he has also spent his summers helping the controversial group to stop Japanese whaling ships in the Antarctic.
Mr May will return to Hervey Bay next week after spending 92 days serving as quartermaster on Bob Barker.
His role included forming a decoy against whale security ships attached to the bigger whaling factory ships.
Mr May faced the wrong end of one of the high-powered water cannons mounted on many of the security ships, which saw him and three crew members limp back to the Bob Barker with varying degrees of hypothermia.
He will talk about this and other incidents as a guest speaker at the Paddle Out 4 Whales festival later this month.
The event will be held on the Scarness Esplanade and each year honours the number of whales killed by Japanese whaling ships.
Mr May said talking about his time on the Bob Barker with the annual flood of tourists on the Tasman Venture was just as important as his time on the Bob Barker.
"It really hits home when I start talking about it," he said.
"By bringing tourists to the whales in their natural environment, you have an opportunity to bring whales into their hearts and minds," he said.
Paddle Out for
Whales will take place this year on Saturday 23rd June at
Enzo’s on the Beach from 10am with participants hitting the water at 11am.
Champion Ironwoman Hayley Bateup will attending this
year to lead the paddle, lending her hand to this great cause.
Bob Irwin is
also returning to spread the word about how important it is to protect our
marine creatures and talking about other environmental issues.
will see live music from The Flumes, Mitch Davis and the Dawn Chorus and The
Green Room, plus lots of beach activities leading into a twilight screening
of the award-winning documentary Mind's In the Water.
So come on down, grab something to paddle out
on, and show your support and enjoy this great annual event!
Stay tuned to our website for more details and times for the day.
This year our feature screening at Paddle Out for Whales will be the documentary 'Minds in the Water' featuring Dave Rastovich and Surfers for Cetaceans. We've saved hard to fund the opportunity to bring it to the beach this year, so please come along and see this inspiring doco. Details and times for the screening coming soon.
Paddle Out for Whales official ambassador and original wildlife warrior Bob Irwin will once again attend our National Whale Day event. Bob jumped on board our cause in 2011 to speak about current issues facing today's wildlife, including our whales, and to officially open the event. Bob didn't stop there, he was quick to change into a pair of shorts (khaki of course) and join organiser Vicki Neville on the water to Paddle Out too.
He's famous for his trademark khakis and work with some of Australia's biggest crocs....but now Bob Irwin has got a keen interest in protecting one of Australia's largest animals- whales. Since taking his first whale watching trip out of Hervey Bay in 2010, but has joined forces with the organisers of Paddle Out for Whales with a committment to raise awareness of the world's whales and dolphins. Bob will officially open the 2012 Paddle Out for Whales event as an ambassador for the protection of our marine life.
Since establishing the Bob Irwin Wildlife Fund in 2008, Bob has become ever more vocal in representing Australia's wildlife and making the general public more aware of their often desperate plight. Since the fund's inception Bob has worked with volunteers from a number of grass-roots environmental organisations to draw attention to such issues as the massacre of wombats in farming regions, the inhumane slaughter of dugongs, the atrocities of the kangaroo industry and the imminent loss of koalas from South East Queensland.
He may be a 'man of retirement age' but Bob has never been more passionate about our wildlife and its environment and will continue his lifelong calling to fight on its behalf.
We sincerely thank Bob and his wife Judy for their continued support of our event and look forward to having them involved in our important cause and helping to raise much needed awareness for our whales and other marine life.
Organisers have confirmed a date for the 2012 Paddle Out for Whales event in the whale watch capital. Save the date to get your paddle on on Saturday 23rd June. Going by tides on the day, we are looking to hit the water this year around 11am.
There are some minor changes to the event this year! We have moved the location of the event further up the Esplanade to Enzo''s Cafe, it was changed to cater for the volume of people. Welcome and thank you to the Enzo's Cafe team for coming on board and supporting this year's event.
Activities will be held in the late afternoon through to the evening where we will feature live music and a screening of an important film about whales down on the beach.
Stay tuned to this site for more information coming soon.
IFAW have confirmed the date for the 2012 National Whale Day celebrations will be Saturday June 2nd. To see what's happening near you, stay up to date with the IFAW website. If you would like to host an event in your area similar to the Paddle Out for Whales, or something completely unique, get in touch with IFAW. Help to raise important awareness of the world's whales!
Stay tuned for details of the Hervey Bay Paddle Out for Whales event in 2012. Still unsure of dates at this stage, but we will keep you posted via this blog!
If you would like to register to volunteer, sponsor or help spread the word, please get in touch with us via our contact page. The event is growing bigger each year, and with 2 full-time volunteers, we need all of the help we can muster. Yell out if you can lend a hand and help us save our whale friends.