THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT IS UNDER THREAT FROM BIG OIL.
The Bight is no place for risky deepwater drilling. You probably remember images of BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the US. It was an environmental disaster, spewing millions of litres of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed Equinor drill in the Bight is twice as deep as Deepwater in some of the most treacherous waters in the world, making it extra risky.
In November, the ABC revealed a leaked internal report, prepared by Equinor, that showed an oil spill in the Bight could reach Victoria’s shorelines including the Great Ocean Road and Port Philip Bay and as far as Sydney’s beaches, and completely encircle Tasmania.
Equinor is putting coastal communities, fisheries, whales and sea creatures in danger from experimental oil drilling.
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- 17th March Sunday: Burleigh Heads
- 23rd March Saturday: Newcastle
- 24th March Sunday: Melbourne
- 30th March Saturday: Adelaide
- 31st March Sunday: Perth
- 6th April Saturday: Hobart
- 7th April Sunday: Sydney under the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Surfrider Foundation Australia is proud to support Sydney Morning Herald’s Sun Run & Cole Classic, being held 2-3 February 2019. With Surfrider’s support, the event will be as environmentally friendly as possible to protect Sydney’s stunning Northern Beaches.
Held on consecutive days, the fun, family friendly, community events offer something for every fitness level. Encouraging family and community groups to get involved, competitors can choose from a range of distances and take part as an individual or a team.
Avid walkers and runners will kick off the fitness festivities, pounding the pavement in two spectacular Sun Run events; the 7km and 10km fun runs along the picturesque coastline. Both distances will start at Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club and finish beside the iconic Manly Life Saving Club.
Following a highly successful inaugural year, which sold out in record time, the Aquathlon will return in 2019, giving participants the chance to challenge themselves across both running and swimming, in one event.
Australia’s most historic and famous ocean swim event, the Cole Classic, will return for its 36th year and see entrants taking to Manly’s refreshing ocean waters in 1km, 2km and 5km events, commencing at the beautiful Shelly Beach and finishing in front of Manly Life Saving Club.
In 2019, for the first time, the iconic weekend event will introduce a brand new event for kids, the Banana Boat SwimKids Series. Encouraging little swimmers to get involved in one of Australia’s largest ocean swims, mini competitors can choose from a 100m swim/wade event for 7 – 8 year olds; a 200m swim event for 9 – 10 year olds; and a 300m swim event for 11 – 12 year olds.
The range of short and challenging distances offers something for everyone and provides a way for the community to celebrate the ocean, get fit and have a bit of fun at the same time. The event will also feature a village expo on Manly’s famous promenade for supporters and participants to relax and enjoy throughout the exciting weekend. Surfrider will be there on the day, celebrating the festivities in the village expo.
Fairfax Sport, in partnership with Surfrider, will be holding a community beach clean following the event, and are encouraging participants, families and friends to join to help keep our oceans clean.Read more
BL’s Blast Off is a pre junior surfing festival that is a fun-filled Spring school holiday program designed and organised by 1988 World Surfing Champion Barton Lynch to celebrate the coming of summer and contribute to Australia’s rich surfing heritage. In it’s 13th year, Blast Off is for boys and girls 14 years and under and promises a school holiday activity like no other.
The aim is to introduce young surfers to the world of competition but in a friendly and encouraging environment that focuses on surf improvement and family fun.
Major sponsors include Hurley, Beecraft, GoPro, Amazon Power, SunBum, Spy Optics, Surf Meal Co, Lifestyle Business Services, Health Space, Future Fins, Beach Without Sand, Coastalwatch.com, Surfing World Magazine, Perfect Wave Travel Co, Streetboardz, Lost by Mayhem, Komunity Project.
BL’s Blast Off runs every Spring school holidays and in 2018 will run from Tuesday 2nd Oct to Friday 5th Oct at Whale Beach NSW, with Palm Beach and Avalon as the back up venues.
Divisions include Boys 14’s, 12’s, 10’s, 8’s and 6s and Girls 14, 12’s, 10’s, 8s and 6’s.
In 2018, the 13th annual BL's Blast Off will run from Tuesday 2nd through Friday 5th October, at Palm Beach, Whale Beach or Avalon Beach NSW, conditions pending.
For information visit: https://blblastoff.com.au/Read more
Saturday June 16th 2018
Every day, the Surfrider Foundation and our volunteer activist network work to protect our coasts. On International Surfing Day, we pause to celebrate and enjoy the beaches and waves that we all love. This year, while we band together to share the stoke of surfing, we also aim to raise awareness of urgent threats to our precious coastline, like new offshore oil drilling.
The theme of this year’s ISD is “Protect & Enjoy.” Head to the beach, take someone surfing for the first time, participate in a beach cleanup and make your voice heard.
HOST AN EVENT
Host an International Surfing Day event at your favorite beach and invite your friends to protect & enjoy!
SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE
This year, help us share the stoke that the beach gives to you. Head to the beach, take someone surfing for the first time, participate in a beach cleanup and make your voice heard.
MAKE A DONATION
Support Surfrider and our network of coastal defenders who protect what you love!
Austinmer Beach Cleanup
Austinmer Beach 2515, NSW
June 16th at 9am - 11am
A new initiative rewards people with a cup of coffee if they collect a bucket of rubbish from the beach.
The brainchild of Surf Rider Foundation Manly, 10 cafes, two coffee suppliers and a brewery have signed up in the first week.
Popular local cafes along the beach including Hemingway’s, The Boathouse and The Bower Restaurant are turning customers into civic-minded cleaners.
Theo Gibson, manager at Hemingway’s, said it takes five minutes to fill a two kilo bucket with rubbish left on the sand.
“It’s an initiative to pull people in, pick up rubbish and get something from it,” he said.
“There are bins on the steps, but people leave wrappers, straws and beer bottles on the beach or rocks to be swept away that evening. It’s an issue that needs to be looked and the locals want to be part of it.
“For us to give away a coffee for their hard work and effort isn’t much. In the evening, we give them a beer from 4Pines.”
The local brewery, which has a zero waste strategy, also supplies the plastic buckets as a way to upcycle them.
Jude Furniss, president of the Surf Rider Foundation Manly, said it is raising awareness of plastic pollution.
“When people see first-hand how much rubbish is on the beach, even though it looks pretty clean, it imparts the message about changing habits,” she said.
“People take ownership for their own backyard and reduce their plastic footprint.”
The first phase of the project is the northern beaches but there are plans to take it nationwide.
“It’s a template any community can adopt pretty easily,” Ms Furniss said.Read more
EarthWalker Cafe & Co has become Australia's first Ocean Friendly #surfrideroceanfriendly business.
Surfrider South Coast Branch in conjunction with @boomerangalliance and @plasticfreewollongong
have just implemented an exciting new programme to encourage cafes, restaurants, markets and festivals to ditch the single-use plastic habit and source local and sustainable foods.
With research suggesting that 2050 there will be more plastic in our ocean than fish, Surfrider Foundation Australia created the Ocean Friendly program to stop excessive plastic entering our waterways.
This free program aims to certify and promote Australian businesses that are making a difference in protecting our oceans, waves and beaches. In order to be Surfrider Foundation Ocean Friendly certified establishments must implement 6 compulsory criteria.
1. No expanded polystyrene foam use
2. No single use plastic straws
3. Reusable tableware is used for 'dine-in' & non-plastic utensils for takeaway food
4. No water sold in plastic water bottles
5. No plastic bags offered for takeout orders
6. Proper recycling practices are followed.
For more information email email@example.com
Surfrider Foundation Australia is actively protesting against a possible Salmon Farm that will negatively impact the quality of the Martha Lavinia surf break on King Island.
Martha Lavinia is a world class beach break on King Island in Bass Strait. Perfect A-frame waves are formed by swell wrapping around both sides of the island and meeting up again on the north coast over Marthas pristine white sand banks. This wave park has been voted one of the top 10 surf breaks in Australia and is frequented by pro surfers when in the region for the Bells Easter contest. Kelly Slater has surfed here a few times as has Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam and Derek Hynd is also a big fan.Tassal has been granted a permit to research the possibility of establishing a salmon farm immediately east of Marthas. The research area is adjacent to the Lavinia State Reserve and Lavinia Ramsar Wetland and a fish farm here (potentially 1 million fish in 22 pens) would pose threats including the following;
- Impacts on the quality of the surfing waves due to structures within the farm impeding the strength and height of the swell as it travel north along the east coast, the way the swell refracts around the island and the potential for the shape of the sand banks to be affected.
- King Island’s economy is reliant on a pristine environment particularly for it’s seafood, kelp harvesting, dairy & beef industries and tourism. The island has built up a reputation for it’s clean green image and produce from King Island is held in high regard. A salmon farm here would damage that iconic King Island brand.
- Potential for the public to lose recreational access to coastal areas on the east side of the island. Tassal haven’t provided any information about any necessary land based infrastructure.
- Pollution in the form of untreated waste (fish faeces) on the seabed which could wash up on the beaches. There are also risks to ecosystems, natural fisheries and kelp habitat due to waste and excess feed reducing the dissolved oxygen level in the water.
- Disease and parasites from the salmon farm being introduced into surrounding waters,
- Acidity in the water may increase due to excess fish feed falling to the sea bed. A high proportion of wild caught feed is used in the fish meal that feed the salmon, and for 1 kg of fish produced, just less than 2 kg of fish meal may be required.
- Parts of the fish pen infrastructure, rope, pipe and nets washing up on the shore as marine debris and being mistaken for food by marine animals and seabird.
- Debris from cleaning of the pens polluting surrounding waters.
- Seals may be attracted to the smorgasbord of fish which in turn could increase shark numbers,
- Loss of amenity for surfers and users of the beaches and adjacent coastal reserve. People need wild spaces to be able to connect with nature and this area is about as wild as it gets.
- Risk to the vulnerable fairy tern and risk to other species that use the area such as the eastern curlew, black faced cormorant, white faced storm petrel, white bellied sea eagle, orange bellied parrot and long nosed fur seal. There is also a risk to the vulnerable humpback whale and endangered southern right whale which migrate through the permit area.
According to Tassal, the benefit to King Island would be some jobs, perhaps improved freight logistics and lower freight costs.
We don't believe taht justifies all of the above mentioned threats. There is a track record of environmental issues with salmon farms in Tasmania. (Macquarie Harbour, Port Huon, Okehampton Bay, refer Four Corners episode 'Big Fish" Oct 2016) and it appears that the state government facilitates expansion of this industry despite strong community opposition in the name of jobs, growth and the economy.
It appears that the salmon farming industry is permitted to to keep expanding regardless of past environmental practices and community opposition. We need to be loud and strong about this from the outset.
What can you do right now to help save this wave:
- Share our social media posts with friends.
- Follow and share our Surfrider Save Martha Lavinia Beach facebook page to keep up to date on how you can help protect this iconic break.
- Please sign this PETITION
- Let the Tasmanian Government know that you don’t want this to proceed (Hon Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries – email: firstname.lastname@example.org and Hon Elise Archer, Minister for Environment and Parks – email: email@example.com and in the Federal Parliament to the Member for Braddon, Justine Keay – email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Get in touch with the Tasmanian Labour politicians too, they are in opposition at the moment and there is a state election in March 2018.
- Join the King Island local’s call to boycott all farmed salmon products from Tasmania (Tassal, Huon Aquaculture and Petuna, these are the 3 companies who could farm next to Martha’s) but even more importantly "broadcast" that you are joining the boycott. This could impact upon Tassal because 90% of their market is Australia and their shareholders are becoming nervous about the negative publicity. In March this year Australian Ethical, a large superannuation fund sold their big parcel of shares because of Tassal’s environmental record.
• Join the facebook page ‘Surfers Against Inshore Fish Farms – SAIFF’ https://www.facebook.com/groups/1916317421718030/
We’re super stoked to be teaming up with @jackjohnson for his Australia tour later this month. As part of the tour, we’re joining the @allatonce_org campaign where the Johnson Ohana Foundation will match funding from now until the 31st December for any donations made to Surfrider Foundation Australia up to $2,500USD. This is an amazing opportunity to help us raise a cool $5000 AUD to support our mission to preserve our oceans, waves and beaches for generations to come. Donations of $25+ go into the draw to win 2 tickets to Jack’s concert in Sydney/Bris/Mel/Perth. Donate now www.surfrider.org.au
Surfrider branches from around Australia will be hosting a table in the Village Green at each of Jack’s Concerts, reinforcing the need to reduce single-use plastics. Jack Johnson has been a long time supporter of Surfrider in Australia and all over the world. We thank him for his ongoing support.
#AAOLocalFood #AAOPlasticFree #jackjohnson #surfing #protectwhatyoulove #surfriderausRead more
Thanks to everyone who came out to play at the Surfrider Illawarra Clean Beach Festival #icbfest on Sunday12th November at Port Kembla. We stopped 85kgs of rubbish from entering the ocean and had heaps of fun doing it! There were 50 surf Groms entered in the inaugural #SurfriderGromFest tag team event which was won by Werri Beach Boardriders. At the other end of the beach, the Disabled Surfers Association South Coast hosted a fantastic display. We had a sand sculpting artist, Justine Crouchley-Crawford come to create dolphins and other sea creatures on the sand.
We want to thank Wollongong City Council for their support, and the sausage and veg burger sizzle. We raised $1,131 which Jack Johnson will match. The strangest thing was that an old $50 note washed up onto the shore, and the finder put it in our donation tin! Special thanks go to Tangaroa Blue for counting all of the rubbish and entering all of the date into the national marine debris database. We want to give a massive shoutout to @billabong_australia @coastalwatch @visslasurf @patagoniaaus @bunnings @thesourcewollongong @projectpurposew4w @seabin_project and @honuadrink for the great prizes that they donated! #longlivethebeach #surfrider #holdontoyourbutts #risseaboveplastics #cleanwaterhealthybeaches.
Check out the very talented Taj Simon from Port Kembla Boardriders who competed in the #surfridergromfest at #icbfest Port Kembla. What a great barrel! Photo courtesy of Ray Smith from www.waxheads.com Stay tuned for more #surfridergromfest coming to your region soon!