Hervey Bay Independent : 23rd October 2014
Whales face obstacles on way home At least eight whales have been caught in shark control equipment this migration season in Queensland. With around 20,000 whales making their return journey at the end of the migration season, the risk of them being tangled in shark nets is high. Whale watching operator Peter Lynch, of Blue Dolphine Marine Tours has had 31 years experience with marine mammals in Australia and overseas. “My fi rm belief is, and I say this every day to my guests, is that I think it’s unfair that landbased mammals (humans), would place barriers in the ocean for the sole purpose of having the perceived perception of swimming safely when councils and governments provide swimming pools for that purpose,” he said. “All we’re doing is entrapping and endangering whales, dolphins, turtles, dugongs and other marine life that are killed each year in those nets.” The latest incident involved a juvenile whale caught in shark nets off Rainbow beach last week. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol’s Marine Animal Release Team freed the whale, which was luckily caught at the surface and was able to breathe. Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Jeff Krause, from the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, said the fi ve-metre whale was badly entangled in the net. “Throughout the release the whale was relatively calm and was near the surface, which meant it could breathe easily,” he said. The juvenile was the eighth whale this migration season to be caught in shark control equipment in Queensland. Anyone who spots marine animals tangled in the shark control equipment should call the 24hour hotline on 1800 806 891. NEWSBRIEFS Electricity prices on agenda Fraser Coast households can now calculate how much they will save on their electricity bills under the Queensland Government’s $3.4 billion Strong Choices Electricity Price Relief plan. A simple online calculating tool is now available for residents to fi ll in electricity bill information and determine their savings. The typical Queensland household is expected to save $577 on their power bills over the next fi ve years and this online calculator will give a much more individualised determination for families, based either on their latest bill, or an estimation of how much electricity their household uses. Under the plan there will be no change for existing solar customers. Instead of their feed-in payments coming from the price of electricity, it will come from the $3.4 billion Strong Choices Cost of Living Fund. THE HERVEY BAY INDEPENDENT CORPORATE VIDEO PACKAGE Get great cut-through in the market and impress your clients with a high Independent. with client’s potential customers. Xavier Catholic College Your package includes: And we convert your video to suit: The data and valuations used to create the online electricity savings calculator were reviewed and verifi ed by former Auditor-General Len Scanlan. To check your own electricity bill and work out what your own future savings could be, go to www. strongchoices.qld.gov.au Students to get connected Connecting schools, students and local businesses is the aim of the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Student Futures Forum from 9.30am to 12.30pm on November, 5 at the Brolga Theatre. My Denture Place The forum will bring together schools, industry and training providers to ensure students have access to hands-on training as well as their academic studies. Fraser Coast businesses can be involved in developing innovative, local, industry-driven, education, training and employment pathways. The Maryborough-Hervey Bay Student Futures Forum has been organised by the Department of Education, Training and Employment, local high schools and the Fraser Coast Regional Council. The agenda and registration form are available at wired.ivvy.com/event/EFFB39/. Possum Paradise Batter up for Bay’s softball Hervey Bay Softball Association invites all children aged 4 – 12 from the Hervey Bay area to join in the fun of a three week Softball Batter Up introductory program this October / November Softball Batter Up is a fun, non-contact, activitybased introductory program that is designed to introduce participants to the fundamental skills of softball through a variety of fun group activities and games while promoting physical fi tness, social skills and an understanding of the game. Malcolm QuinnGilly KazSally 38 / Hervey Bay Independent, October 23, 2014 The Softball Batter Up program will be held over three Friday afternoon sessions on October 31st, November 7th and November 14th from 4:30pm – 6:00pm at the Hervey Bay Softball grounds on Raward Rd, Torquay. The cost of the program is $65 per participant which includes a pack containing a ball and softball glove. To register, contact Hervey Bay Softball Association on 0400 796 821 or kellsbelles75@ hotmail.com.
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