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Sea Shepherd Gold Coast

Sea Shepherd Gold Coast are gearing up with events and market stalls.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please email goldcoast@seashepherd.org.au for more information.

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Upcoming Events 2014:

Whale Surveys - Every weekday until the end of November

Sea Shepherd Gold Coast has teamed up with visiting scholar Laura Torre to help conduct surveys of humpback whales as they travel south down the east coast. Laura and her team are working to document the behaviour of the whales and their migration from her research station at the Spit in Southport. 

If you are interested in helping Laura please contact l.torre@griffith.edu.au


Past Events:

(most recent events first)

18th October 2014 Beach Clean

What a fantastic day we had. A big thank you to everybody who joined us on the "Clean Up for the Whales". You all did such a fantastic job and the beach looked better for it.

A special Thank you to Natureluster for hosting this event and giving the proceeds to Sea Shepherd to continue our campaigns to help the oceans. Your support is endless and always so appreciated.

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24th & 26th October 2014

2 big days at the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Market while the GC600 was going on in the background.

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BeachCare Party - 27 September 2014

Rainbow Bay has just been awarded Queensland's cleanest Beach for 2014! Sea Shepherd Gold Coast volunteers spent the day with BeachCare to help with bush regeneration at Greenmount Beach. Our crew was greeted by Joel, who was ready with a friendly Hello upon their arrival. The crew worked on replanting native vegetation in the dunes, and the replanting efforts were supported by Landcare Australia Grow Grants. Once the replanting was finalised the teams conducted a beach clean, and found the majority of the rubbish to be from cigarettes.

The crew ended the day enjoying the music of Leopold's Treat, indulged in a swim at the beach and engaged in discussions about local marine wild life.

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Celebration for People, the Planet and Animals Event with Coast to Coast Animal Friends 20 September 2014

Sea Shepherd joined Coast to Coast Animal Friends, Animals Australia, and Farm Animal Rescue for Coast to Coast Animal Friends first event!

Supporters attended from all over South East Queensland to hear inspiring speeches from Phillip & Trix Wollen of the Winsome Constance Kindness Trust, Brad King founder of Farm Animal Rescue, and Jessica Guertin from Sea Shepherd. 

Live music was presented by the Lyrical, Cheep Trill Choir, Lauren Napier, Kate Leopold, and Felicity Lawless. 

 

Currumbin Sanctuary Careers Day - 19 September 2014

Sea Shepherd were kindly invited to an exciting new careers event at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday 19th September.

The 'Working With Animals Careers Expo' was held at the Village Green and showcased various opportunities that individuals and school students had within the industry. Sea Shepherd were excited to have a stall there and received a lot of attention from people wanting to learn more or volunteer.

There were workshops held throughout the day and lectures by experts from various organisations including Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the RSPCA, Universities, TAFES and the Animal Welfare League. A great day enjoyed by all and we loved the enthusiasm so many attendees showed towards Sea Shepherd.

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7th September 2014 No Shark cull Rally

A great turnout at the Gold Coast No Shark Cull Rally. We had some fantastic speakers including Nicole McLachlan, Olaf from Humpback and Highrises, Hannah Smith and Kieren from Sarah Shark and a very special impromptu speech by the courageous and selfless Gold Coast local, Rayne, who found and filmed for the first time, a whale that had unfortunately died in shark nets at Bilinga in July.

We then ended the day with a Beach Clean around the area with heaps of people joining in.

Thanks to everyone who came along and showed their support.

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24th March 2014 Bond Univertisty

Information night for the sharks

Gold Coast chapter attended the meeting at Bond univeristy to help protect our sharks.

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21 January 2014 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.

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Friday 18 October 2013

Price Per Dozen

Ryan from Keep it Surreal here on the Gold Coast (www.facebook.com/Keepitsurreal . hosted a fundraiser for the documentary, Price Per Dozen (www.priceperdozen.com;), a film that is

shedding light on the illegal trade of dugong and turtle meat caught in Australia and the unsustainable hunting of these amazing animals.

The fundraiser was held at Swinging Safari in Surfers on Friday the 18th . it was a pleasure to be part of this amazing night helping shine light on this important issue.

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Pet Expo 6th October 2013

A 2 day event that celebrates Pets of all different shapes and sizes, we saw snakes and dogs as tall as a car, our favourite of the weekend was this lovely rainbow coloured Poodle!

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Xavier Rudd Gig Sat 1st Sept 2013, 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.

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Whale Watching trip with the Gold Coast crew on the spirit of the Gold Coast Whale Watching tour 21st August 2013

The spirit of the Gold Coast Whale Watching tour group, gave our Gold Coast Volunteers an opportunity to get up close and personal with the very Whales that we are trying to protect, each year these magnificent creatures migrate past the eastern cost line of Australia as they head down to the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary, and every year Sea Shepherd Australia follows them down to ensure they remain protected, it was an absolute privilege to be invited by The Spirit of the Gold Coast tour group to see their beauty first hand.

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Sunday June 10th 2013 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.

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Friday 8th June 2013
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.

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National Whale Day 2013 1st June

Every year Sea Shepherd Gold Coast celebrate IFAW's National Whale Day!

Held on June 1st of every year, National Whale Day helps celebrate the beginning of the Whale migration down the eastern coast line as they head down to the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary .

We host a day of fun, live entertainment, guest speakers and a Paddle out for the whales. this year we also held a movie night later in the evening at Circle on Cavil's mammoth out door screen where we watched the promo for Operation Relentless which really was something as the sound of steel on steel crashing as the Bob Barker was being rammed by the Factory Whaling vessel ricocheted through down town Surfers Paradise really grabbed the attention of passers by. the promo was then followed by the Documentary Minds In the Water.

We had 100 bean bags in an outdoor courtyard with the stars above, it was truly a fantastic ending to such a great day of celebrations.

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April 2013 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.

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30th March 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.

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25th March 2013
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.

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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.

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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

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20th February, 2012

Oceans Screening

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

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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

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10 NOV 2012 6 pm 
OCEAN RHAPSODY at MELBA'S - Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise

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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.

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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

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October 23rd, 2011
Whale Watching with Sea Shepherd Gold Coast

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 October 7th, 2011 

The Cannonball

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/

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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.

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October 1st, 2011
Carrara Markets

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.

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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

By Gold Coast Co-Coordinator and on-shore Volunteer Suzi Corbett

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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.

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August, 2011
Griffith University Volunteer Fair
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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 goldcoast@seashepherd.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

 

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Gold Coast Coordinator Terri Melloway works the Sea Shepherd
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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 ***

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Greeted by a southern humpback

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Humpbacks showing off for the crowd
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Sea Shepherd Volunteers Terri, Howie and Dean
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Members of the Gold Coast Whale Watch &
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