Sea Shepherd Gold Coast
Upcoming Events 2013:
1 June 2013
National Whale Day
Sea Shepherd Australia is supporting the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to celebrate National Whale Day here on the Gold Coast by holding the lead in event for Gecko's Green Week!
National Whale Day is a celebration of the whales and dolphins that migrate to our coastlines annually and Australia's position as a world leader in whale conservation.
National Whale Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of, and discuss solutions to, the threats facing whales and their environment including commercial whaling, climate change, vessel strikes, noise pollution, marine debris and bycatch.
We will be kicking off the day at the Broadwater Parklands at 10 am until 3 pm. During this time we will have guest speakers, including Sea Shepherd Crew Member and Board of Directors Member Elissa Sursara, IFAW Supporter Lance Imeson, Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Save Our Spit. We will also have live music from some awesome artists, including Siskin River!
In addition, we will also be holding a Paddle Out for the Whales during the day in the Broadwater at the Parklands, and will also be kicking off our first ever Children's Paddle Out!
From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm we will also be at Cavill Square in Surfers Paradise screening two conservation films, including Minds in the Water which features local famed surfer Dave Rastovich who follows the whale migration down the Eastern Coastline of Australia.
Every Saturday morning. 7am to 12 noon
Burleigh Heads State School, Lower Gold Coast Highway, (cnr West Burleigh Road). Please come and say hi – maybe even enquire about becoming an onshore volunteer!! Or email email@example.com for more info.
(most recent events first)
21 January 2013
Big Day Out Gold Coast
In front of a near capacity crowd of almost 40,000 on the Gold Coast, the Red Hot Chili Peppers showed their steadfast support for Sea Shepherd - literally.
Utilising massive, on-stage digital screens, the Chilis displayed Sea Shepherd imagery in a pre-performance visual show on the Big Day Out main stage. The visuals included Sea Shepherd logos and campaign images, as well as a call out from the band that read: RHCP ASKS YOU TO PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FRIENDS AT SEASHEPHERD.ORG.
There was a massive welcome reception on the Gold Coast where the Sea Shepherd merchandise and information booth enjoyed a constant flow of enthusiastic punters, keen to find out more about the organisation.
10 NOV 2012 6 pm
OCEAN RHAPSODY at MELBA'S - Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
For photos and more info from the event visit the Facebook Event Here.
Xavier Rudd Gig
Sat 1st Sept, Coolangatta Hotel
Xavier Rudd is a huge supporter of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He invited Sea Shepherd to set up an info and merch table at his gigs around Australia. The Gold Coast gig was held on Sat 1st September, at the Coolangatta Hotel.
Sunday June 10th
The Wildlife Care Expo, Albert Waterways Hall, Broadbeach
The Wildlife Care Expo was the final event of Green Week – a week of fun and education presented by Geckos- the Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council. A whole variety of wildlife and environmental groups came together, putting up stalls and giving presentations.
Sea Shepherd did a moving half hour presentation on the plight of the world’s (and more locally Queensland’s) sharks. We will be kicking off a direct-action shark campaign very soon aimed at banning all shark products from Australia.
Friday 8th June
Rabbit & Cocoon - Miami Night Market
Located at 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami, Gold Coast rabbit+cocoon is a not-for-profit multi-arts precinct that provides artists, cultural groups and creative entrepreneurs with spaces and resources to produce and show creative work. It was a rainy night, but we were given a huge awesome indoor space and had many visitors.
Byron Bay’s 23rd Annual Bluesfest
Sea Shepherd was present, with a spectacular stall jam packed with merchandise, set up by Adam and his Byron Bay team. This year’s Bluesfest was especially memorable because it brought together Byron, Gold Coast, Brisbane and even Antarctic volunteers. It was several days of work mixed with fun and good music.
By Queensland coordinator Mark (Wombat) Clough.
Oceans of Arts - Art Exhibition
We had an awesome collection of stunning art, which was kindly displayed on the walls of Mandala Organic Arts Cafe. The event was really successful, with several hundred dollars raised for our upcoming Sea Shepherd campaigns. We wish to say a big thank you to all the artists who contributed, and to our visitors and supporters who attended.
by Gold Coast Coordinator Suzan Corbett.
Xavier Rudd Gig
Our on shore volunteers joined the man himself Xavier Rudd at his Brisbane concert this week and as you can see from the photos they had a fantstic time. Xavier Rudd is a massive supporter of Sea Shepherds work and always has time to chat to our volunteers and supporters.
Photos courtesy of Sea Shepherd Supporter John Brown
4th March, 2012
Clean up Australia Day
Some of us joined the Griffith Uni’s Beach Care program. We went around the beach and headland and collected several bags of rubbish and recyclables. It’s important to keep the beaches clean, so those things don’t end up in the oceans and inside animals.
By Gold Coast Coordinator Suzan Corbett.
24th February, 2012
Whale of a Time
Whale of a Time was an epic night, with a Sea Shepherd merchandise store downstairs, heaps of bands playing mid level, and an art exhibition upstairs.
The art was all exceptional, the highlight being a special custom built Sea Shepherd surfboard by Darcy. Took him 180 hours!
Bands rocking the night were - Silas and the Seasons, Karl Williams and Underwood Mayne. Djs - Green Machine and Cory Fletcher. All funds raised on the night went to Sea Shepherd. A big thank you to Jamie for organising the event! And thank you to Neverland Bar.
By Gold Coast Coordinator Suzan Corbett
20th February, 2012
Life Changing Events organised a screening of the docu film ‘Oceans’ by Disney Nature, at the Arts Centre. Both Sea Shepherd Brisbane and Gold Coast attended, with a merch table set up. The highlight was probably the Q&A panel of speakers at the end, of surfers and environmentalists, including Madi Stewart!
Stunning images await as you journey into the depths of a wonderland filled with mystery, beauty and power. It’s an unprecedented look at the lives of these elusive deepwater creatures through their own eyes. Incredible state-of-the-art-underwater filmmaking will take your breath away as you migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark and race with dolphins at play. Filled with adventure, comedy and drama, OCEANS is a fascinating and thought-provoking experience you’ll never forget. Dive into OCEANS from Disneynature, the studio that brought you EARTH, for a spectacular story about remarkable creatures under the sea.
By Gold Coast Coordinator Suzan Corbett
22nd January, 2012
Big Day Out
Tableing Big Day Out was quite an experience! The volunteer team worked an exhausting 17 hour shift. Sometimes it was hot, sometimes rainy. It was all worth it though. We raised a comendable amount of money for Sea Shepherd and raised a lot of awareness and interest too. We also had a visit fro The Red Paintings.
By Gold Coast Coordinator Suzan Corbett
31st October, 2011
Sea Shepherds Spooktacular Halloween Party
The Gold Coast chapter threw a fantastic halloween party the other week. Everyone took the chance to dress up in their scariest costumes to raise awareness and much needed funds for our upcoming Campaign. Thanks to all who helped run this event.
October 16th, 2011
Animal Action Day
Animal Action Day is an annual worldwide event to raise awareness, appreciation and respect of all animals. It was started by Gold Coast resident Aldwyn Altuney after watching the docu-movie Earthlings. The Gold Coast event was at Winders Park, in Currumbin. Sea Shepherd Gold Coast was invited to participate in the event, by doing a speech and setting up an Information and Outreach table. This year's Animal Action Day raised awareness of the plight of Australia's endangered Bilbies.
It was a sunny spring day, we relaxed by the water, watching kayaks and paddle-boarders going past us.
By Gold Coast on shore Coordinator Suzan Corbett
October 23rd, 2011
Whale Watching with Sea Shepherd Gold Coast
October 7th, 2011
The Gold Coast volunteers hit Mt Tamborine last weekend to participate in The Cannonball, A Rock 'n' roll Pirate Masque benefit that is being held in most Australian states to raise much needed funds for Sea Shepherd's direct action campaigns. A huge amount of fun was had by all involved and we would like to thank Bertie Page Clinic and all the other performers for hosting such an amazing event. For more information on Bertie page and Cannonball please go to http://cannonballmasque.com/
Sunday 9th Oct - Coolangatta Art and Craft Market
Our fantastic on shore crew Carl, Claire and Suz spent the day beside Coolangatta beach, raising awareness about our campaigns and collecting much needed funds for Sea Shepherd. Note the Sea Shepherd 'greeting' they invented.
October 1st, 2011
The fantastic girls from the Gold Coast chapter Suzan, Claire and Carol spent a long day at the markets last weekend talking to the locals and raising much needed funds for our campaigns. They had a fantastic spot right next to the river and the water dragons.
September 18th, 2011
Commemorative Circle for the Dolphins of Japan
The Migaloo 2, a yacht bought to raise awareness on important issues facing whales, dolphins and ocean health, recently arrived to the Gold Coast. Crew members Dean Jefferys and Howie Cookie, from Surfers For Cetaceans, invited Sea Shepherd Gold Coast to attend a ceremony in the water. On Sunday morning, we all met up at the Migaloo 2, docked near Sea World, to create a Commemorative Circle for all the Dolphins killed and captured in Japan. The event was streamed live at http://migaloo2.com/ and even made the evening news! Afterwards, we all relaxed aboard the yacht and learned more about the Migaloo 2 campaign.
For more information on Migaloo2 go to www.migaloo2.com or for Surfers for Ceteceans www.s4cglobal.org or http://www.facebook.com/#!/SurfersForCetaceans?sk=info
By Gold Coast Co-Coordinator and on-shore Volunteer Suzi Corbett
September 11th, 2011
Anaconda Adventure Race
The energetic on-shore Gold Coast crew joined volunteers from other fantastic organisations and donated their time to help out at the Adventure race run by Rapid Ascent. For each Sea Shepherd volunteer there on the day Rapid Ascent gave a donation to Sea Shepherd. It was a fantastic day and our crew had a great time.
Griffith University Volunteer Fair
Sea Shepherd Gold Coast’s outreach and information stall at Griffith University’s “Volunteer Experience Fair” was an experience indeed! The Gold Coast Volunteers were happy to chat with the students of Griffith University and hand out information about our cause. It was great to spread the word about Sea Shepherd and see such a great interest in becoming involved. We welcomed new volunteers for our growing branch and look forward to working together towards saving our marine life in the future. If you are interested in joining the Gold Coast branch or keeping up to date on events, please do not hesitate to check out our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/261523097196474/.
Alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We’d appreciate any time or help you are able to give! You can also find information on www.seashepherd.org/australia .
By on-shore volunteer and Co-coordinator Teresa Steinmeyer
Gold Coast Coordinator Terri Melloway works the Sea Shepherd
stall at the World Environment Day Festival 2006
September 30, 2006
Whale Protection Day - Gold Coast, Australia
On September 30th over 600 people came out to show that whales worth watching really are whales worth saving. Sponsored by the Gold Coast Whale Watch & Conservation Society, we had a day filled with humpback whales spy hopping, breaching and tail slapping all around us. Everybody that came out on this beautiful day had a magical experience as the whales did not disappoint. Sea Shepherd volunteers on each of the five whale watching boats handed out literature and International Director, Jonny Vasic spoke to the whale watchers about Sea Shepherd's work as marine conservationists and our commitment to saving the gentle giants of the deep.
*** Watch our Video ***
Greeted by a southern humpback
Humpbacks showing off for the crowd
Sea Shepherd Volunteers Terri, Howie and Dean
Members of the Gold Coast Whale Watch &
Conservation Association and
Sea Shepherd Volunteers