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  • September 19, 2020 | 09:00 AM through September 20, 2020
    $15.00 AUD

    Stockland Townsville Shopping Centre 310-330 Ross River Rd, Aitkenvale QLD 4814, Australia

    DIY Beeswax Wraps for the Reef Workshop

    Join Reef Check Australia for our DIY Beeswax Wraps for the Reef workshop at Stockland, Aitkenvale on Saturday 19th September or Sunday 20th September! We'll supply all the materials, you just turn up! Let us show you how quick (less than 30 minutes!) and easy it is to make these fun and eco friendly alternatives to glad wrap. Fill the fridge with our ocean themed prints, reduce your impact on reefs and oceans and support a great cause while you're at it! 

    Made with 100% cotton fabric infused with all natural, food grade beeswax which is naturally antibacterial, beeswax wraps are safe to wrap around food products and containers and can be used over and over. Pick a shark or seahorse themed print or even a bee print for you landlubbers!

    Your ticket includes one 25cm x 25cm 100% cotton and locally sourced beeswax wrap that we will show you how to make in our 30 minute workshop AND instructions to take home for when you inevitably want to make more ;) ! Extra wraps will also be available for purchase at a discounted rate for workshop attendees for $10 on the day. We will also have a range of Reef Check Australia branded items available for purchase if you want to show your Reef Check Australia colours to the world!

    Please note: Children under 12 will need to be accompanied by a guardian. If you are feeling unwell, please let us know in advance so we can refund your ticket or organise to get your wrap to you another way!

    This workshop is supported by Stocklands Aitkenvale and our wonderful Reef Ambassadors. Funds raised will allow us to continue monitoring the health of the reefs right on our doorstep and spread our vision of empowering people to save our reefs and oceans!

    For more information, please email jenni@reefcheckaustralia.org.

  • September 25, 2020 | 03:30 PM
    $55.00 AUD

    Saltwater Eco Tours, Penny Lane Pontoon in Mooloolaba, Australia

    Sunset Sail Fundraiser with Saltwater Eco Tours

    Come join Reef Check Australia on September 25th.
    Sit back and unwind as you cruise the Mooloolaba canals listening to the sweet sounds of acoustic artists. Watch the procession of fishing boats returning to harbour, spot nocturnal wildlife as it begins the day, or marvel at the scale of Canalside mansions that glow in the twilight. Enjoy a selection of grazing platters & a complimentary craft beer, watching the sunset into the evening in this beautiful part of the Sunshine Coast.
    The proceeds from this beautiful 2-hour tour will be donated to Reef Check Australia to allow us to continue our vital reef health monitoring and community outreach programmes.
    Massive thanks to Saltwater Eco Tours for this gorgeous opportunity.
    THE DETAILS:
    Meet at Penny Lane pontoon (see map when booking)
    Starts at 3.30pm- so don't be late!
    2 hour duration
    Fully licenced bar
    Finishes at 5.30pm.
    Interested? Head over to https://saltwaterecotours.rezdy.com/387865/sunset-tour and choose September 25th!
    At Reef Check Australia we’re all about sharing experiences with mates, so why not invite a friend?
  • September 26, 2020 | 08:00 AM

    Caloundra

    Spring into Scavenge

    Event details from the Organiser (Seaside Scavenge):
    Are you keen to connect with your community, clean-up your local environment, win some awesome prizes and groove to funky live tunes?

    About this Event

    We’re hosting a waste education event called Spring into Scavenge

     

    Location details for the event will be shared with you once you've registered.

     

    At the Scavenge, you’ll be able to clean-up your local area, sort and catalogue your litter and then exchange it for pre-loved clothes, books, toys and more that have been donated by the local community.

     

    Ticket Information

    • Obviously with COVID-19 we have to monitor the number of people in the space so get in fast, limited tickets available!
    • You will need to register for an hour block, you can only attend the event in the hour you have registered for.
    • Eventbrite ticket required to enter the event.
    • Very limited walk in tickets available on the day.

     

    COVID-19 Information

    The community's health is of the utmost importance to us so please ensure you do the following:

      • Bring your own bags, gloves and masks to participate in the clean up.
      • Don't attend on the day if you are feeling unwell.
      • Please download the COVIDSafe app before attending. More info here.
      • Hand sanitiser will be provided on site
      • We'll be ensuring social distancing of 1.5m between groups.

     

    We’re monitoring updates from the government and will keep you informed of any changes to the event. For more details on how we are ensuring our events are COVID-19 safe visit here.

    For updates on the event information check out the Facebook event page.

    Can’t wait to see you all!

    Join in the seaside scavenge, and pop by to visit Reef Check Australia's stall to say hello. 

  • September 28, 2020 | 05:30 PM
    $35.00 AUD

    Beer Yoga at the Brewhouse

    BEER YOGA IS BACK!!
     
    Back by popular demand, Beer Yoga is back at Your Mates Brewhouse!
     
    This beer yoga event is a fundraising initiative under the combined forces of Reef Check Australia and Your Mates Brewing.
     
    The hour-long session will see punters getting bendy, with beer-drinking incorporated into each classic yoga pose. Think sun salutations and reverse warriors, interspersed with sips of your favourite ale. Brydie O’Halloran from Younion Yoga, a qualified vinyasa yoga instructor (and seasoned beer drinker) will get you loose, limber, and having fun — whether you're a total yoga novice, or a well-practiced pro.
     
    This epic session will see all proceeds going to support Reef Check Australia's marine scientist Jodi Salmond for her spot on the Homeward Bound Leadership Program.
     
    BYO yoga mat and water bottle and you're good to go. Two cans of tasty brew are included in the bargain price of $35 (plus booking fee) for the session.
     
    Keen for a YOUR MATES beer cooler to keep your brew chilled whilst you twist and turn and bend? Choose one on check out!
     
    What:- Beer Yoga
    Where: Your Mates Brew House
    When: 5.30pm, Monday 28th September
    Bookings are essential and we expect this event WILL SELL OUT, so make sure you book your spot!
     
     
    For more information about Your Mates Brewing or Your Mates Brew House head over to www.yourmatesbrewing.com
  • September 29, 2020 | 05:00 PM

    Online/The Whitsundays

    Reef Check Ambassador Training - Whitsundays Sept/Oct 2020

    The Reef Ambassador program is a ground-breaking project, training community outreach volunteers to actively inspire, motivate and support their communities to better understand and help protect local marine environments. This program mentors volunteers to develop their knowledge and skills in reef ecology, communications, behaviour change principles, and project planning to support positive locally relevant action for the reef. 

    As part of the Integrated Coral Reef Citizen Science Program, funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Reef Check Australia is running Reef Ambassador training for volunteers who wish to stay involved over multiple events, projects and seasons.

    These Ambassadors will become enthusiastic community leaders, promoting information about the condition of our coral reefs and educating communities on what they can do to help.

    We are currently taking applications for the next course running in September/October 2020.

    PLEASE NOTE: There is a course fee of $100 payable upon acceptance into the course, to confirm your spot. To participate in a Reef Ambassador training course, you must be able to attend all virtual training dates PLUS a field trip component and commit to at least 6 months of volunteering.

    The virtual components of the course will run on Tuesday 29th September, 5-7pm and Tuesday 6th October, 5-7pm.

    The compulsory field trip options are as follows (pick one or more!) :
    a) Join us for the weekend of 9th - 11th of October in the Whitsundays on a liveaboard (please note there is a $150 cost for this field trip component) or
    b) Join us for a beach cleanup on Sunday 18th October at Hook Island (no extra costs) or
    c) Join us for a community engagement stall at the Airlie Beach markets on Saturday 17th October (no extra costs)

    If this sounds like something you'd love, get your application in by September 27th, 2020

    APPLY HERE

     

    The Integrated Coral Reef Citizen Science Program is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

  • October 09, 2020 | 03:00 PM through October 11, 2020

    Reef Check Surveyor Training - The Whitsundays October 2020

    If you're a PADI Advanced Open Water diver, or equivalent, with 25 logged dives and you've always wanted to get more involved in reef research - now is your chance!

    As part of the Integrated Coral Reef Citizen Science Program, Reef Check Australia is running SCUBA Surveyor training in the Whitsundays region.

    Reef Check Australia SCUBA Surveyor training is a fun way to meet a tribe of reef-mind people, find out more about our beautiful reefs, boost your dive skills and build your capacity to actively contribute to scientific research. You don't need to have previous science or survey experience--we'll provide you with comprehensive training to safely collect great quality data to help look after reefs. 

    When you successfully complete the surveyor course, you will receive a Reef Check EcoDiver certification and a PADI distinctive speciality certification.

    The Reef Check EcoDiver qualification is recognised by the International global network of Reef Check programs, which allows you participate in survey expeditions at research sites all over the world! (Some locations may require additional training to learn regional indicators).

    Once qualified, you’ll be eligible to join our teams of surveyors in the water collecting Reef health data on long-term sites in the Great Barrier Reef region.

    There is self study and online theory parts of this course scheduled for Wednesday 30th Sept and Wednesday 7th Oct , 5-7pm and the in-water sessions on a liveaboard in the Whitsundays from Friday afternoon 9th October to approximately lunchtime on Sunday 11th October 2020. 

    If this sounds like something you'd love to be involved with, get your application in today. PLEASE NOTE: There is a course fee of $495 (or 445 early bird pricing) payable upon acceptance into the course, to confirm your spot.

    APPLY HERE

    The Integrated Coral Reef Citizen Science Program is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

     

  • October 13, 2020 | 06:30 PM
    5 rsvps

    Online

    Coast to Coral | Fitbits for Sharks: Discovering the Behaviours & Movements of Port Jackson Sharks using Biologging Tags

    Join Reef Check Australia and friends on the second Tuesday night of each month in your lounge room/office/comfy chair, for an evening of discovery, inspiration and appreciation of our local marine, coastal and catchment environments.
    This month we will hear from Julianna Kadar, a PhD Candidate at Macquarie University in Sydney with The Fish Lab.
    Julianna Kadar has completed a Master of Science in Biodiversity Conservation and a Master of Research in Biology. Julianna believes in the importance of science communication for the benefit of both policy and the public. She is a member of CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools and has been a part of Soapbox Science Sydney, organiser of TEDx Macquarie University, and written for COSMOS Science Magazine. She is also a member of the Homeward Bound Program which is working to build and upskill a network of 1,000 women in STEMM over ten years and will be traveling to Antarctica in 2021 as part of this exciting program.
    ABOUT THE TALK:
    Julianna works on finding out more about the activity patterns of the Port Jackson shark using shark tags that function like Fitbits - but for sharks. Her study uses machine learning to break down the millions of data points collected by the tags into distinct behaviour signatures like resting, swimming, and feeding. With these behaviour signatures, a clear picture of the Port Jackson shark’s movements can be created and ultimately allow us to ‘see’ what this species is doing underwater, leading to better management of the species and its environment. The Fish Lab that Julianna is a part of also completes studies on shark personality, social networks, cognition, and warming ocean climates.
    SCHEDULE AND INFO:
    Virtual doors (zoom) opens at 6.25pm for a 6:30 pm start.
    Stay after the event for networking and nibbles (BYO obviously!) - get your burning questions answered by Julianna, and continue your thoughts, ideas and sea-minded discussions with your local community, all from the comfort of your couch!
    Bring a mate and share in the discovery!
    At Reef Check Australia we’re all about inspiring our mates and we love to read your thoughts! So, share your favourite parts about the night and tag us! Reef Check Australia #coasttocoral
    This initiative is hosted by Reef Check Australia, and proudly supported by oh so many groups including the City of Gold Coast, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, Sunshine Coast Council's Environment Levy partnerships grant, The June Canavan Foundation and Townsville City Council.
    Future talks take place on the second Tuesday night of each month, with a new, interesting and engaging speaker.
    For more information contact seqevents@reefcheckaustralia.org
    RSVP
  • October 26, 2020 | 05:30 PM
    $35.00 AUD

    Beer Yoga at the Brewhouse

    Sunshine Coast – Beer Yoga is back, baby!
    Your Mates Brew House is hosting a beer yoga class and yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.
    Back by popular demand, Beer Yoga is back at Your Mates Brewhouse!
    This beer yoga event is a fundraising initiative under the combined forces of Reef Check Australia and Your Mates Brewing.
    The hour-long session will see punters getting bendy, with beer-drinking incorporated into each classic yoga pose. Think sun salutations and reverse warriors, interspersed with sips of your favourite ale. Erin Horne from Varsha Yoga, a qualified vinyasa yoga instructor (and seasoned beer drinker) will get you loose, limber, and having fun — whether you're a total yoga novice, or a well-practiced pro.
    This epic session will see all proceeds going to support Reef Check Australia and their reef health research.
    BYO yoga mat and water bottle and you're good to go. Two cans of tasty brew are included in the bargain price of $35 (plus booking fee) for the session.
    Keen for a YOUR MATES beer cooler to keep your brew chilled whilst you twist and turn and bend? Choose one on check out!
    What:- Beer Yoga
    Where: Your Mates Brew House
    When: 5.30pm, Monday 26th October
    Bookings are essential and we expect this event WILL SELL OUT, so make sure you book your spot!
    Reef Check Australia is an innovative environmental charity dedicated to protecting reefs and oceans by empowering people. For more information, visit https://www.reefcheckaustralia.
    For more information about Your Mates Brewing or Your Mates
    Brew House head over to https://yourmatesbrewing.com
    For more information about Varsha Yoga, visit http://www.varshayoga.com.au