The 2019 World Whale Conference, hosted in Hervey Bay in Australia, will focus on the theme of ‘Journeys that Inspire Change.’
Topics will include:
- Understanding whale migrations and their significance for marine conservation;
- Promoting sustainable whale and dolphin tourism for tourists and local communities;
- Exploring our cultural and artistic connections with migrating whales;
- Maximising the power of ceteceans to inspire positive human behaviour change to protect our oceans.
Delgates will hear from speakers, and discuss and share evidence, to better understand how we can improve and ensure the protection of cetaceans in Australia and worldwide. In addition, delegates will participate in themed workshops and share ideas and best practice on the work already underway to protect cetaceans.
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Maryborough will be the proud host of the inaugural Australian Biosphere Conference on the 13-15 March, 2019.
The event will be hosted by the Great Sandy Biosphere Management Group and the neighbouring Noosa biosphere and will focus on the development and of programs and promotions to help protect the largest UNESCO-enshrined biosphere in the world.
For further information contact [email protected] or phone 07 4181 2999.
Invest Fraser Coast has launched an event volunteers program that is designed to assist popular local events both on the ground and behind the scenes.
The program, which has already seen over 100 volunteers register, is designed to assist community based events across the Fraser Coast.
Councillor for Events, Sport, Recreation and Open Spaces, Darren Everard, said volunteers are an essential part of running events and are an integral part of promoting the region.
‘Our volunteers are responsible for many tasks around events including planning, ticket and merchandise sales, activities, marshalling, set up and pack down. It is a great way to meet people and I love getting involved in the events myself’.
‘Without our volunteers, our regional events would not be possible and I encourage anyone who is passionate about our region to register’, said Cr Everard.
Kerri-Anne Hetherington, a local student studying Event Management has volunteered at four events and says it is great to give back to the community and work as a team with the event staff.
‘There is a lot of things that go on behind the scenes that event-goers don’t get to see. It’s great to help out and know you played a part’, said Kerri-Anne.
To become an event volunteer or request a volunteer workforce for your community event, head to www.visitfrasercoast.com/events or call the Invest Fraser Coast Events Team on 07 4196 9600.
The annual Hervey Bay Seafood Festival is back this Sunday August 9 at Fishermen’s Park, Urangan from 10am.
Indulge and relax by the Hervey Bay Boat Harbour this Sunday with fabulous entertainment and delicious seafood. Popular local musicians, restaurants and stalls will be there to tantalise your senses as we celebrate the 18th annual Hervey Bay Seafood Festival!
Don’t miss out on all there is to offer in the Fishermen’s Kitchen including prawn peeling, scallop shucking, fish filleting and tastings – demonstrating everything you need to start experimenting in your own kitchen!
Councillor for Events, Sport, Recreation and Open Spaces, Darren Everard, said the event is shaping up to be another successful celebration of our fresh local seafood and the people who catch it.
‘The event organisers have done an amazing job yet again with organising another great Seafood Festival. There will be so much on offer for everyone, so make sure you get on down to support your local fishing industry’, said Cr Everard.
If you can’t make it on Sunday, book into Coast Restaurant and Bar where the team will be partnering with Javier Codina from Moda, Brisbane, to create an indulgent seafood lunch from 12noon on Saturday 8th August.
After the cold snap of the recent week, the forecast is looking warmer for the annual Paddle Out for Whales on Saturday 25th July.
Nature lovers will join the migration to the Home of the Humpbacks, Hervey Bay, this Saturday for the annual Paddle Out for Whales, celebrating the gentle giants of the sea.
The Fraser Coast splashes out with a showcase of events and entertainment marking the significance of the conservation efforts for the majestic humpbacks.
The Paddle Out for Whales on July 25 will see locals get their canoes, boats and all manner of flotation devices ready for the gathering starting from 3pm.
Hosting the event is Andrew Ellis, current Visitor Information Centre Coordinator for Invest Fraser Coast and previously the Australian Operations Manager for Pacific Whale Foundation. Andrew said he looks forward to this event each year as it brings so many people together with a love for the ocean and the giants that make Hervey Bay so special.
“We are hoping to create our biggest paddle out yet this year to continue the important anti-whaling message to the world.”
“This year we are taking the paddle out back to its roots, with a major focus on conservation of the environment to protect our beautiful marine creatures,” Andrew said.
Enzo Andreuzzi, owner of Enzo’s on the Beach said the event always brings a great crowd from inside and outside the region.
‘It is a unique experience that celebrates our special relationship with humpback whales and marine life. The minute silence is a special moment to be a part of each year’, said Enzo.
The Paddle Out starts at 3pm with participants linking in a giant circle and observing a minute’s silence to commemorate the whales’ significance to the area and environment.
Highlights for the day also include environmentally focussed fun workshops for the kids, environmental speakers, amateur sand sculpting, prize giveaways and more.
For all the information and to register, head to whalesherveybay.com.au.