A massive thank you to everyone who came to Mooloolaba yesterday to help clean our local beach for the annual Clean Up For Hatchlings event. 43kg of recyclable and 54kg of non-recyclable trash removed...
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SEA LIFE Mooloolaba has released a rehabilitated green sea turtle ahead of this weekend’s annual community Clean up for the Hatchlings along the Sunshine Coast to give local populations of turtle hatchlings the best chance of survival.
The recovered turtle, named Alicia and estimated by her size to be around five years old, has spent one month at SEA LIFE’s state-of-the-art treatment facility after she was found emaciated and stranded on a local beach.
Alicia was today returned by boat to the Pacific Ocean, where her movements will be tracked via a titanium tag inserted into her flipper, allowing conservationists to collect important data about the endangered species.
SEA LIFE Mooloolaba Curator Aaron Sprowl said Alicia’s plight is a timely reminder of the need to properly dispose of rubbish to protect marine life, and urged residents to roll up their sleeves for the collaborative land-to-sea clean-up event taking place from Shelly Beach to Mooloolaba this Saturday, February 6.
“We would love to see the community join us in showing their passion for protecting our beautiful coastal environment, and believe this campaign is a vital reminder of the threat posed by human impact to all marine species, particularly turtles,” Mr Sprowl said.
“With turtle hatchlings due to appear throughout February, we cannot stress enough the importance of putting rubbish in the bin and keeping waterways free of debris as this increases the likelihood of floating syndrome, which is unfortunately a common injury caused by pollution.
“SEA LIFE Mooloolaba has cared for more than 1,000 sick or injured turtles over more than 25 years, and during that time, one of the most common problems we have witnessed has been floating syndrome, where a turtle is found stranded on the beach or at the surface of the water, causing serious health implications.”
Following the success of last year’s beach clean, which saw more than 200 kilograms of debris removed from beaches, event organisers aim to enlist volunteers to remove rubbish from along the shoreline as part of an environmental initiative supported by a Community Partnership Grant with the Sunshine Coast Council.
Sunshine Coast Council Conservation Officer Kate Hofmeister said turtle hatchlings will emerge throughout February, following an incubation period of between 60 and 70 days.
“Volunteers from the Sunshine Coast TurtleCare group have been monitoring Loggerhead turtles in the area for more than 10 years, and witnessed the first nesting turtle of the season lay her eggs in November,” Ms Hofmeister said.
“We would love to see as many people as possible join us on Saturday for what promises to be a rewarding and enjoyable morning as the community comes together with the aim of protecting our turtles.”
Reef Check Australia spokeswoman Jodi Salmond said more than one million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals died each year as a consequence of marine debris, while it was estimated that more than 80 per cent of marine debris collected originated from the land.
“Every year, thousands of sea turtles ingest or become entangled in debris items, resulting in painful injuries and death. With six million tonnes of rubbish making its way into our oceans every single year, the community clean-up is an important event highlighting the direct effect of human impact on our precious ecosystems,” Ms Salmond said.
“We can all do our bit to reduce waste by choosing recyclable products such as aluminium and glass over plastic, and taking reusable shopping bags to buy groceries, for example.”
If you see a turtle that is sick, injured or in distress, please contact the RSPCA’s Marine Animal Stranding Hotline on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) or The Department of Environment and Resource Management on 1-300-264-625.
A complimentary barbecue breakfast will be provided to volunteers at La Balsa Park following the event, with great prizes up for grabs afterwards.
To register your attendance, please email email@example.com or phone (07) 3211 5560.
Reef Check Australia is an innovative environmental charity that empowers the community to save their reefs and oceans through hands-on research and education. For more information, visit reefcheckaustralia.org/.
Sunshine Coast TurtleCare is a voluntary organisation protecting Sea Turtle nests on the Sunshine Coast. For more information, visit turtlecare.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/.
Turtle Hatchling Beach Clean-Up Date: Saturday February 6, 2016 Time: 6.30am Where: Various locations across the Sunshine Coast including SEA LIFE Mooloolaba, La Balsa Park, La Balsa Snorkel, BA 248 Wurtulla, BA 201 Buddina, BA 234 Warana, BA 241 Bokarina, BA 260 Currimundi (Buderim St), BA 267 Moffat / Dicky Beach, BA 281 Shelly Beach.
February 6, 2016, 8:00am - February 6, 2016, 10:00am
Bring the family along this Saturday to celebrate the official opening of the new Mooloolaba Bikeway and enjoy a barbecue breakfast, free face painting, live music and roving entertainment.
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(HD Version) So who caught the light show put on by Mother Nature this evening? It was the weirdest thing. Above me, as I filmed was a cloudless sky with stars clearly visible a slight breeze, a massive light show to the east and not the slightest sound of thunder. Here's a glimpse of what it was like. Went on for well over an hour. ... See MoreSee Less
The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is urging the community to be prepared for likely severe thunderstorms tonight (Thursday) and Friday, as it moves into 'alert' status ahead of the forecast weather event.
Local Disaster Coordinator Andrew Ryan said while the worst of the weather was expected on Friday, the unstable conditions meant a series of storms could impact the Sunshine Coast any time from Thursday to Sunday.
"A significant upper level low is expected to move across south eastern Australia during the next few days and interact with a surface trough in eastern and northern parts of Queensland, possibly causing a series of supercell storms," Mr Ryan said.
"Damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, are very common with these supercell thunderstorms, so we ask that the community is prepared.
"Although rainfall from these fast-moving thunderstorms is likely to be brief, it is possible that several successive thunderstorms may move over the same area, increasing the chances of flash flooding.
“We are very mindful that we are in the peak of the summer storm season, so these type of weather events are expected at this time of the year.
“There is also the possibility of heatwave conditions developing from this weather system, so we may be in for some weather extremes over the next week.
"We'll continue to monitor the situation and will keep the community updated.
"As always, we remind people to never drive through flood waters – if it's flooded, forget it.
"Visit council's Disaster Hub website, which is also available via council’s new app, for all the information needed to be prepared before, during and after a severe weather event – including weather warnings and road closures."
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The important role of arts and culture on the Sunshine Coast has been formally recognised by Council with the endorsement of a Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board to provide a strategic approach to grow the sector.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said that the new board, which was also tasked with establishing a Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation, would be established by July 2016 and would provide strategic advice and recommendations to council to grow the arts on the Coast.
“Australia’s creative economy, which includes the arts, is worth $32 billion and employs more than 600,000 Australians,” Cr McKay said.
“Here on the Sunshine Coast, the arts and cultural sector is a vitally important and growing part of our economy that provides employment, education, tourism and leisure opportunities.
“Establishment of the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board is an important next step in the development of our arts and culture industry. It will build the momentum and further grow the partnerships that have already been formed between council, the arts industry, artists, and philanthropists.”
The Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board will: · guide and help build the identity of the Sunshine Coast as an arts destination; · advocate the region’s advantages to secure new investment in arts and cultural infrastructure; · provide strategic advice to Council in relation to arts and cultural facilities and infrastructure; · provide advice on strategic direction of wider cultural policy and strategy.
Expressions of interest will be sought from suitably qualified people with a deep understanding of the arts for membership on the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board in the next few months.
Following appointment of members, the board will be tasked with drafting the region’s first strategic Arts and Cultural Plan and establishing the Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation that will be closely aligned with the Caloundra Regional Gallery.
Councillor McKay said the Arts Advisory Board and Foundation were a great way forward for the creative industries of the Sunshine Coast.
“The arts are important economically and socially to our region and we have some wonderful work going on here,” Cr McKay said.
“By establishing the board and foundation we are giving wings to this sector of our community. Their work will further promote and enhance the arts on the Sunshine Coast.”
Cr McKay said philanthropic activity was growing within the arts industry across Australia.
“Feedback from our local artists, art collectors, art investors, and philanthropists supports this growing trend,” she said.
“Development of the Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation will provide an avenue for us to harness this growth.
“The foundation will provide opportunities to purchase art for the region’s public collection and provide avenues for bequests, donations and significant philanthropic activities benefitting art and the gallery.”
The Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation will: · link government, business and community in their support of the Caloundra Regional Gallery; · support the Gallery in sharing and preserving the region’s art cultural history for future generations; · work towards enriching and broadening the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of art in the community. For further details about the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board and Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation visit council’s gallery website. Expressions of Interest for the board will be widely advertised over the next few months. ... See MoreSee Less
With only three days remaining in 2015, Mooloolaba is getting ready to welcome in the New Year. More than 45,000 locals and visitors are expected to enjoy the celebrations at The Mooloolaba Esplanade from 4pm on New Years eve.