News

Whale of a paddle-out for Kirra

Mark Clough and Nicole McLachlan are looking forward to celebrating whales and dolphins on National Whale Day.
Mark Clough and Nicole McLachlan are looking forward to celebrating whales and dolphins on National Whale Day. Colin Gilmore

WHALE populations off Australia's eastern-seaboard are increasing, says Sea Shepherd Queensland co-ordinator Mark Clough.

But Tweed-based volunteer and campaigner Nicole McLachlan hastens to add there is still only 10% of pre-commercial whaling populations.

With this in mind the inaugural Gold Coast Paddle Out for the Whales takes place from the Kirra Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday.

Mr Clough said his conservation society and the International Fund for Animal Welfare were hoping to mirror a similar event Hervey Bay had hosted for the past couple of years.

"The event's main objectives will be to celebrate the commitment to whale protection as well as encourage responsible behaviour on the waters around whales and dolphins.

"The Gold Coast has so many beautiful beaches and is home to so many locals that really respect the ocean and all of its inhabitants.

"So the event will be a great way for ocean lovers everywhere to come together on National Whale Day."

The event will also feature entertainment, a variety of guest speakers, food, information, prizes, a raffle and a family sand castle competition.

Miss McLachlan said besides joining in the paddle she would lead children's activities so parents could concentrate on the event's serious side.

"My main aim is to create awareness among the youth of the area," the passionate whale and dolphin welfare campaigner said.

"We should have more events like this so people can participate in and celebrate the ocean."

To join in register on the day from 8.30-10am with a gold coin donation.

Email queensland@seashepherd.org for more information.

Topics:  kirra, whales


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Loaded gun found after driver allegedly speeds away

A 24-year-old man has been charged after an incident in Maroochydore.

Deception Bay man charged over alleged offences.

Burpengary man charged after defrauding over $1.3million out of investors

Wood and brass judges gavel on a law book

A 43-YEAR-OLD Burpengary man has been charged with fraud.

‘Too late’ to save backpacker tax damage

Dave Fairweather and mother-in-law Jane Stodhart from Stodhart Family Farms aren't happy about the new backpacker tax.

‘Too late’ to save backpacker tax damage

Latest deals and offers

Man steals motorbike, threatens others with knife

SUNSHINE Coast Detectives have charged a man who allegedly threatened a number of motorists this morning in the Kawana area.

Loaded gun found after driver allegedly speeds away

A 24-year-old man has been charged after an incident in Maroochydore.

Deception Bay man charged over alleged offences.

Burpengary man charged after defrauding over $1.3million out of investors

Wood and brass judges gavel on a law book

A 43-YEAR-OLD Burpengary man has been charged with fraud.

‘Too late’ to save backpacker tax damage

Dave Fairweather and mother-in-law Jane Stodhart from Stodhart Family Farms aren't happy about the new backpacker tax.

‘Too late’ to save backpacker tax damage

MBRC to share the load with MBRIT in tourism arrangement

FAMILY FUN: Jasmine Parnham and Chloe Philpott have a spin at the 2014 Caboolture Family Fun Day.

COUNCILLORS voted to partner MBRC and MBRIT for events.

Martin Jonkers Motors invests with $4m renovation

UPGRADE: Ray Jonkers looks over the plans for the $4 million renovation for Martin Jonkers Motors.

The $4 million upgrade is expceted to be finished by Christmas.

The best retro movies of the week? May 27 - June 3

Gregory Peck Photo Contributed

This week TV fan get to see Tom Cruise in a 1980s classics

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked