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Activist Spotlight: Meet Zachary Brook-Bennett, Ocean-Inspired Artist and Surfrider Ambassador

We are excited to introduce another Surfrider Ambassador for our Activist Spotlight! Meet Zachary Brook-Bennett, an artist that makes ocean-inspired designs that combine his Indigenous and surf cultures.

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Activist Spotlight: Meet Juliana Bahr-Thompson, Ocean Life Guard, Environmentalist and Surfrider Ambassador

We are excited to introduce to you our next activist Juliana Bahr-Thompson. Jules is a professional ocean lifeguard, high school PE teacher and environmentalist who currently studies paramedics. 

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Submissions Needed – Marine Debris Threat Abatement Plan

An opportunity has arisen to contribute towards ongoing government policy and action in relation to the parlous state of marine debris, especially plastic debris, and its disastrous impact on sea life above and below the water. The Threat Abatement Plan for the Impacts of Marine Debris on Vertebrate Marine Species is being revised. The Department of Environment has released the draft Threat Abatement Plan for the Impacts of Marine Debris on Vertebrate Marine Species (2017) for public comment.

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Surfrider Surf Coast Branch Beach Clean Up

This is a family friendly public event and everyone is welcome! Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/217464892064610/

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Activist Spotlight: Meet Winter Vincent, Rockstar Coastal Defender and Surfrider Ambassador

We recently launched our Ambassadors Program and are excited to introduce you to our youngest ambassador, Winter Vincent.

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Gold Coast Surfrider Foundation announces their fourth Annual Beach Eco Challenge Festival

Surfrider Foundation Eco Challenge Gold Coast is a family friendly, sustainable, solar powered, plastic free, community, surfing lifestyle fundraising event which raises much needed funds for the Gold Coast ocean & beaches conservation organisation.  The event will include the Roots of Surfing Wooden Surfboard Teams Challenge, Live Bands, Hula Dancing coaching & display, Jumping Castle, Raffle prize draws, talks on sustainability, market stalls, children's workshops, sandcastle demonstrations, beach races, free surf lessons and much more.   

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Greg Howell, Gold Coast Surfrider Foundation President and Climate Wave Enterprises Event Director says “This is a really exciting time for us.  People are really becoming aware of the impact that they have on their environment and in particular, our beaches.  This kind of event raises funds which go towards Surfrider Foundation's projects including ‘Rise above Plastics’ ‘Dune Care’ ‘Beach Clean Up’s’ and actively caring for the beaches on the Gold Coast.”

“We’re seeing this event grow year on year and this year is going to be no exception.  But what’s also important to us is demonstrating to the rest of the Gold Coast how you can run such an event and really reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact.  We’ll be ensuring that the energy we use are from renewable energies and we’ll be providing zero waste stations to ensure that as much waste is diverted from landfill as possible.”

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The Surfrider Foundation Eco Challenge Gold Coast is leading the way by actioning sustainable/responsible practices similar to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games who follow these same principles and they are combining many of these practices.

In addition to the fundraising element for Surfrider Foundation, the Eco Challenge provides a way for Surf Living Saving Clubs to receive a green legacy. Climate Wave Enterprises the event organisers will instigate to instal a solar energy system on the roof of the clubhouse.  Such an initiative will help reduce the carbon footprint of the clubs and receive savings of around .5 $Million are achievable.

Surfrider Foundation are seeking both business sponsors and volunteers to support the event.  “We can’t do this type of event without the help of our local community”, says Greg. “We’re looking for businesses who can get behind the event through sponsorship or volunteers who can spare a few hours of their time.”

To register your interest in the event, whether that be through holding a stall, sponsoring or volunteering please go to:  http://www.climatewave.com/eco-challenge-apply-here/ 

To find out more about the event go to:  https://www.facebook.com/EcoChallengeGoldCoast/

 

About the Surfrider Foundation Eco Challenge:

Held: Saturday 1st April 7am - 2pm

Location: Greenmount Surf Life Saving Club.  Cnr Marine Parade and Hill St Coolangatta

Activities include:  Roots of Surfing Wooden Surfboard Teams Challenge Live Bands, Hula Dancing, Jumping Castles, market stalls, sand sculpting, talks and workshops.

Seeking:  Sponsorship and Volunteers

Raises funds for: Surfrider Foundation projects including ‘Rise above Plastics’ ‘Dune Care’ ‘Beach Clean Up’s’ and educational activities.

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/EcoChallengeGoldCoast/

 

About Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation Australia is a not for profit grass roots organisation dedicated to the protection of Australia's ocean, waves and beaches through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education. They are a branch based organisation with over 25 branches and beach representatives Australia wide.

The Gold Coast Tweed Branch is one of Australia's oldest branches with over 20 years' experience in local coastal management issues covering the geographic area between the Southport Seaway to the north and the Brunswick River to the south.

http://www.surfrider.org.au/gold_coast

 

About Climate Wave Enterprises

Climate Wave Enterprises deliver events that comply with sustainable standards. They work with the planet for positive, ethical and social outcomes, and provide a holistic recreational event experience that engages all stakeholders in a journey that will reduce environmental impact whilst having fun.

http://www.climatewave.com  

 

Media Contact:

Greg Howell

President Surfrider Foundation and Event Director Climate Wave Enterprises

Ph: 0414 939 942

Email:  goldcoast@surfrider.org.au

 

Photo opportunity: Dune Cafe, Palm Beach Parklands solar installation provided by Climate Wave Enterprises as a legacy from the Surfrider Foundation’s International Surfing Day event.

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Double Island Clean Up May 2017

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Pack your surfboards and camping gear, for the 10th DOUBLE ISLAND CLEAN UP / CAMPING WEEKEND.  5-6-7 May 2017.  Book it in your diaries & register your details now (see below). 

The Sunshine Coast branch is hosting bi-annual Beach Clean Up / Camping weekend, where quite literally hundreds of people converge on along the beaches from Noosa Northshore - Double Island Point, for a 60km beach clean up blitz with FEE Exempt Camping & 4x4 access for all volunteers!

On average 2 TONNES of rubbish and marine debris are picked up off this paradise every 6 months by all of us and loaded away in tippers by the legends at QPWS. We also get to sorting, recycling and recording our findings through Tangaroa Blue's database. Clean up bags are supplied and tip fees in kind thanks to Noosa and Gympie councils.

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On Saturday afternoon we all get together to reward everyone for the massive effort they've undertaken and have a bit of fun too! Volunteers can WIN a share in over $2000 worth of PRIZES donated in the Complimentary Prize Raffle and as part of Educational Presentations, with games and activities for the kids.

The educational component tied in too, discussing the issues of marine debris, our plastic footprint, and the increasing recreational pressure for "D.I." over recent years that has led to serious concerns about environmental damage, public safety (including health risks), and visitor expectations. This is an open forum with information & petitions for everyone.

It's a WIN, WIN for everyone, but most importantly for our oceans, beaches and all biomass! ALL WELCOME! Bring your family and friends and help us spread the word. Come for a day trip or make it a long weekend, it's your call. Let’s have a great weekend in paradise together and help to keep this magical place clean, now and into the future! 

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HOW IT ALL WORKS

1. You register your details with us (see below, "REGISTRATON") 
2. We put that info on a spreadsheet to send to QPWS, so you're covered under our activity permit, and our insurances.
3. Turn up, help out, enjoy!

FRIDAY. Beach Clean Up, Sorting & Recycling, Evening Movie.
SATURDAY. Beach Clean Up, Sorting & Recycling, Activities & Presentations. BBQ, Live Music & communal campfire.

SUNDAY. Data collation. Load tipper trucks with rubbish and pack down.

We'll have a marquee located at the barge and at "Surfrider HQ", where you can sign in, grab your gear, and instructions, and head off to start cleaning. Once you've filled your bags, bring them back and grab your raffle tickets…. Tiered prize categories will be set out for the amount of bags returned or effort put in, for tickets you'll collect.  So go nuts!

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REGISTER YOUR DETAILS:

To: cleanupdoubleisland@gmail.com 

Copy and paste the following and fill out your details:

- Name(s):
- Phone number:
- Name of next of kin:
- Phone number of next of kin:

- Vehicle rego number:
- Vehicle make & model: 
- How many volunteers are coming:
- How many structures (tents, camper trailers, etc):
- How many nights ( Fri &or Sat):

Once you register you will be added to the growing list of ocean activists and an info pack & your permits will be emailed out in the week prior to event. We will be allocating areas to folks, but please feel free to camp wherever you like! At night we have fun, so if you have little ones, who need kip earlier, some distance may ensure that they get a great sleep!
!!!! REGISTRATION CLOSES (for volunteers fee excemptions) Monday 1st May. So we can have all details to QPWS in time. So don't miss out…. 
Register your family, friends, community group or business now.

For general enquiries, media and partnerships please call: 

Craig 0434 587 756 / Aaron 0449 686 746
or email: cleanupdoubleisland@gmail.com

www.surfrider.org.au
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRp4xu274qE

https://web.facebook.com/surfrider.coast/

 

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Plastics Pollution is Reaching the Most Remote Parts of the Ocean

In June 2016, CSIRO, Tangaroa Blue and Bush Blitz, along with Surfrider and other environmental organisations, embarked on a 12-day journey to tackle marine debris and to collect research on the species that inhabit the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve. In just 12 days, over 2.2 tonnes of rubbish was removed from the remote islands of the Great Coral Sea. 

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Greg ‘Da Bull’ Noll launches Surfrider Foundation’s Cronulla branch

Legendary big-wave surfer and Surfrider Foundation lifetime member, Greg “Da Bull” Noll, helped launch Surfrider Foundation’s Cronulla branch by participating in its ribbon cutting ceremony on 30 October, 2016.

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Gold Coast Surfrider Foundation announces their fourth Annual Beach Eco Challenge Festival

The Gold Coast Surfrider Foundation has announced its fourth annual Eco Challenge Festival to be held on Saturday 1st April at Tweed Heads & Coolangatta (Greenmount) Surf Living Saving Club. To find out more about the event go to: 

https://www.facebook.com/EcoChallengeGoldCoast/ 

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