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A massive day filled with free environmental workshops and talks, art installations, sand sculptures, live entertainment and fireworks will officially launch Hervey Bay’s whale watching season this Saturday, 19 July.

The day will incorporate Paddle Out for Whales and the Ocean of Fun fest and is the start of a season long program of events being staged by Fraser Coast Opportunities as part of the annual Hervey Bay Whale Festival.

Ocean of Fun will start at 10am at Scarness Park and run until 6pm, with a full day of workshops, activities and entertainment dedicated to celebrating and protecting the whales.

A highlight will be the opportunity to watch master sculptor Dennis Massoud create a world-class sand sculpture installation, and join in his sand workshops.

Award winning conservationist Jeannie Lawson will share her vast knowledge of the natural environment and expertise in whales and ­dolphins in a hands-on workshop, called “The Web of Life”.

Other speakers and conservation groups include Sea Shepherd Australia, a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to stop the killing of wildlife in the world’s oceans.

Fraser Coast Opportunities Events Manager Kim Griffith said the day provided a platform for people to be a voice for the whales.

“It incorporates Australia’s largest anti-whaling demonstration, Paddle Out for Whales, to raise awareness of the wonders of the whales and the importance of whale conservation and research,” she said. 

“We want as many people as possible to take to the water in stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, makeshift boats and flotation devices to form a circle and hold a one minute silence for the whales and the plight they still face,” she said.

All day activities include free- face painting, stilt walkers and live entertainment, with Braydon Poacher, Dan Boulton, Jim Daniels and his Reggae band, Skinny White Boys, Dogwood Crossing and Nathan Kaye.

There will be a live art installation titled Ephemeral Environmental Footprints, which will involve the creation of two ‘footprints’, each ‘footprint’ two metres long, using collected waste.

Festival goers can create sand artworks with Ochre (natural pigment) and join in nature bingo games.

“Under the Sea” is the theme of a Reverse Garbage Workshop, with the opportunity to hand make items from salvaged materials and learn about waste minimisation construction techniques.

A rare white dingo pup will be one of the native Australian animals on show as part of a hands-on display by the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary.

The day will end with an impressive fireworks display over the ocean around 6pm.

Scarness Jetty will also become the setting for a special Sunset Pier pop-up party by Coast Restaurant with food stations serving local produce, roaming canapés and live music, starting at 3.30pm. Bookings are essential.

For more go to: www.whalesherveybay.com.au

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