2020 Sunshine Coast Whale Watching Season is here!

The Humpback Whales are back and the 2020 Whale Watching Season on the Sunshine Coast has begun, presenting a special opportunity for locals and Queenslanders.

Sunreef Mooloolaba’s Dan Hart said this year’s whale watching season started a little later than usual due to COVID-19 but that with restricted numbers on board it offers a special experience.

“This year we started a couple of weeks later than usual, but we have our COVID SAFE plan in place which includes additional cleaning and hygiene measures as well as a restriction on the number of people on board,” Dan said.

“While normally we would have up to 100 guests onboard each whale watching trip on Whale One, at this stage we are hosting just 20 guests for each trip.

“This means there is plenty of extra room to move around the boat and see the whales from all Whale One’s vantage points.”

Dan said this year’s season was expected to be better than ever with whale researchers predicting the number of humpback whale migrating up Australia’s east coast to continue to increase.

“This year will see an expected 35,000 humpback whales migrate through Sunshine Coast waters, which could attract about 25,000 people to take a closer look and participate in a whale watching or swim with whales experience.

Humpback whale breaching in front of the Sunshine Coast’s Glasshouse Mountains

“While final numbers of guests for the season will depend on the continuing easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we are always super excited to welcome the whales and to give guests the opportunity to get closer to them.

“While all of us humans have been restricting our movements, no one told the whales, so their migration is on track with other years.

“We are already seeing good numbers of whales including some calves and expect this to continue throughout the season.”

Dan said whale watching tours would be aboard Whale One, which underwent a total refurbishment last year, while Swim with Whales tours would be onboard Sunreef’s fast boats, Wild One, and the brand-new purpose-built Tsunami, which Sunreef took delivery of in March.

“Whale Watching season is an economic driver for the tourism sector, during what is traditionally a quieter period,” Dan said.

“It’s even more important this year as the region begins its recovery following the COVID-19 shutdown.”

“Whale Watching brings in visitors, who spend not just on whale watching but also on accommodation, hospitality and other attractions, which in turn creates employment so we are super proud to be playing our part,” Dan said.

“Whale One has taken hundreds of thousands of people whale watching since she was first launched in 2007, and we are proud to have her as part of our fleet and to also have introduced Swimming with Humpback Whales to Australia.”

Dan Hart said the whale watching season would run through until 1st November, with the Swim with Whales season to run from 4th July to 18th October.

He said as part of Sunreef’s commitment to marine conservation, they will again be working closely with researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast to find out more about the humpback whale species, with two spots on each Whale Watching and Swim with Whales boats reserved for their use.

To find out more or book your Whale Watching or Swim with Whales experience, visit www.sunreef.com.au or call 07 5444 5656.

Academy Services helping tourism and hospitality sector get back to business with specialised COVID-19 cleaning

As restrictions on travel have been lifted in Queensland, one Sunshine Coast business is taking innovative measures to ensure the safety of customers and staff.

Among measures taken by Sunreef Mooloolaba, the home of aquatic adventure, is a non-toxic and non-flammable infection-control solution that kills COVID19, along with other dangerous pathogens, in just 30 seconds.

The product, Nanocyn, was recently approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as killing SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus), making it the fastest all-natural, non-toxic disinfectant of its type. It is delivered by 40-year-old cleaning company Academy Services.

Buderim couple set a splendid example of giving back to the community

While everyone has been dealing with a world that seems to have been turned upside down, something quite special has happened in our community that is sure to gladden the hearts of many.

Long term Buderim residents Norm and Ellen deChastel who last year celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary have quietly made a donation of $100,000 to the Buderim Foundation, adding significantly to its funds held in trust and therefore its capacity to build a stronger community through its annual grant allocations.

Buderim Fondation Norm and Ellen de Chastel

In announcing this outstanding philanthropic gesture, Foundation Chair Prof. Russell Stitz said “For 13 years, the deChastels have been in what we would class the major annual donor category, but this latest contribution to the Buderim Foundation catapults them into the exceptional category. In previous years, they have asked for their donations to remain anonymous, but this year they have been prepared to relax this requirement in the hope that it may inspire others to follow.

Grants of up to $10,000 available to local community organisations thanks to Buderim Foundation

Buderim Foundation will soon be opening their 2020 Grants Programs for applications, with up to $10,000 each available to community organisations serving the local 4556 community.

Applications open on Friday 5th  June, and eligible applicants will need to apply online before Friday 10th July. Successful applicants will be announced at the Foundation’s 2020 annual community grants celebration on Saturday 12th September.

Buderim Foundation 2019 grant recipients and sponsors
Buderim Foundation 2019 grants

New for 2020 – Swimmers to venture around Mudjimba Island – CANCELLED

A brand-new ocean swim event is coming to the Sunshine Coast calendar on Sunday 5 April, delivered by Buderim based event organisers, Atlas Events.

With the support of Naming Rights partner, Sunreef Mooloolaba and Mudjimba Surf Lifesaving Club, ocean swimmers will have the unique opportunity to venture around a local landmark, Old Woman Island.

Leaving the shore at Mudjimba, the 3km swim will take participants around the iconic Old Woman Island, across reef home to turtles, before they head back to shore in time for coffee and breakfast. It will give swimmers an opportunity to have an adventure around the Island which they would have only seen from the beach.

Students launch philanthropy projects as part of Buderim Foundation Youth in Philanthropy Project

The fourth annual Buderim Foundation Youth in Philanthropy Project was launched on Friday 28th February at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Buderim Foundation Youth Committee Chair Graham Tamblyn said the Project offers a mentoring program to introduce the concept of philanthropy to young people in our region.

“We want to demonstrate the value that philanthropy has and inspire young people to adopt it throughout their lives,” Mr Tamblyn said.

Surf Live Saving boats to take to Mooloolah River for first Wharf Mooloolaba Super Sprint

Surf Lifesaving boats will take to the Mooloolah River for the first The Wharf Mooloolaba Super Sprint on Saturday 21st March, endorsed by Australian Surf Rowers League Queensland (ASRLQ).

The Super Sprint races will see teams from all over the country competing on a straight course over around 300metres finishing in front of The Wharf Mooloolaba’s commercial jetty.

The Wharf Mooloolaba co-owner Dirk Long said the races would be great for spectators who could watch up to 40 male and 30 female crews competing from 8.30am to 12.30pm.

Liver transplant specialist to speak at community breakfast

The doctor that made Liver Transplanting interesting breakfast conversation is back again, with her unique take on what happens in her practice every day.

With leading surgeon and author Dr Kellee Slater as the special guest speaker at a Buderim Foundation breakfast, it will change the way you look at medicine.

The very special breakfast will be held on Thursday, 26th March at Buderim Tavern where Dr Slater will talk about the human body and its power to heal with the help of 21st century medical procedures.

Buderim Foundation lends support to local families for school expenses

The Buderim Foundation is once again proud to be part of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Back to School Program, helping local families who need assistance with school expenses like clothing, shoes and stationery by offering $50 Target vouchers.

Buderim Foundation’s Roz Bull (left) and Keryn Bauer (right), Buderim Rotary’s Lyn Phillips, Buderim Lions Brian McBride presented back to school vouchers to Buderim Mountain State School’s Chappy Dave for distribution

Buderim Foundation Director Rebecca Ramsay said this year once again a total $11,000 worth of vouchers being distributed to Mountain Creek State School, Chancellor State Primary and High Schools, Buderim Mountain State School, and SunnyKids.

“The funds included an allocation from the FRRR of $6500 to the Buderim Foundation. Further donations were also made by the Buderim Lions Club and the Buderim Rotary Club, which were then matched dollar-for-dollar by the FRRR.

Sunshine Coast Football Team Launch 2020 Season with support of Sunshine Mitre 10

The Sunshine Coast Wanderers have launched their 2020 season this week, at the Kunda Park store of the football club’s platinum sponsor and Queensland’s largest independent hardware group, Sunshine Mitre 10.

Sunshine Coast Wanderers Football Club Vice President, with Sunshine Mitre 10 Marketing Operations Manager Nick Brind with Wanderers Senior Men’s Captain Jeremy Stewart and coach Paul Arnison.

Sunshine Mitre 10 Marketing Operations Manager Nick Brind said Sunshine Mitre 10 was proud to again be the major sponsor the Sunshine Coast Wanderers Football Club in 2020.

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