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Living Ocean Gala Event – 6pm Sunday 10 November 2013, Bilgola Surf Club

Posted on November 2nd, 2013 in Editor's picks, Good causes, Local Colour, News Flash, News Stories.

On Sunday evening 10 November, Living Ocean will be holding a ‘Gypsea’ party at Bilgola Beach Surf Club.  This will be the event of the year on the local social calendar.  Hosted by David Koch, and sponsored by Taittinger Champagne, the event will raise money for Sea Shepherd Australia’s 2013/4 Southern Ocean campaign, Operation Relentless.  There are plenty of great prizes to be won and amazing auction items, including a four day passage on one of the Sea Shepherd ships.  Feast on food prepared by local celebrity chef George Francisco.


Kochy will be interviewing Bob Brown (Chairman, Sea Shepherd Australia) , Jeff Hansen (CEO, Sea Shepherd Austrlalia) and Peter Hammarstedt (Skipper of the Southern Ocean Campaign).


There will be a great line-up of world class performers and musicians to rock the house including legends like Angry Anderson, Diana Rouvas, Randall Waller, Gordon Reitmeister and Joel McDonald brought to you by Paul Christie’s Rockhouse.


Tickets are available online at  or call Kim Hubner on 0404 030 553 by cutoff date Tuesday 5 November 2013.



Living Ocean is an Australian registered charity founded in Whale Beach in 2010.  Through community events involving our ocean loving community of surfers, artists, divers, sportspeople, yoga practitioners and others, Living Ocean raises funds and awareness for ocean environmental causes.

Surf champion Gilmore attacked with iron bar – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Posted on December 28th, 2010 in News Flash, Top stories.

Surf champion Gilmore attacked with iron bar

Four-time world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore has been bashed with an iron bar during a violent attack overnight.

The 22-year-old was reportedly hit twice in the stairwell of her apartment complex in Tweed Heads on the New South Wales far north coast around 9:30pm (AEDT).

She sustained a cut on the back of her head, a broken wrist and cuts to her hand.

Police say Gilmore was approached and assaulted by a man who then fled on a bicycle.

The surfing champion was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police say the man later returned to the unit complex, where he was seen by Gilmore’s neighbours.

They held him there until police were able to come and arrest him.

via Surf champion Gilmore attacked with iron bar – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Vale Andy Irons

Posted on November 3rd, 2010 in At large, News Flash, Surf News, Top stories.

The three-time world champ Andy Irons seems to have contracted dengue fever and has died as he was making his way home from the ASP event in Puerto Rico.

Irons who had been too ill to compete in the event is said in media reports to have decided to return to Hawaii for treatment by his own doctors. He got as far as Dallas but was too sick to fly on and this morning Sydney time he was discovered dead in his hotel room.

According to an account in the SMH Irons had flown to Miami from Puerto Rico and had spent a couple days on a drip before insisting that he get back to his own doctor in Hawaii. He missed a connecting flight and checked into the hotel.

According to a story running in the Australian Irons was one of at least five people on the tour who have been battling “a debilitating mystery illness in the past three weeks”.

The list of affected people includes Chris Davidson, South African Travis Logie, Kelly Slater’s girlfriend Kalani Miller and Owen Wright who is quoted as saying “I almost didn’t turn up for this event myself,” he said from his hotel room in Puerto Rico. “There had been a bout of this going round from Portugal. It didn’t hit me as a surprise that Andy was sick.”

About dengue fever

Dengue fever (pronounced UK: /ˈdɛŋɡeɪ/, US: /ˈdɛŋɡiː/) and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) are acute febrile diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, which occur in the tropics, can be life-threatening, and are caused by four closely related virus serotypes of the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae.[1] It was identified and named in 1779. It is also known as breakbone fever, since it can be extremely painful. Unlike malaria, dengue is just as prevalent in the urban districts of its range as in rural areas. source: Wikipedia


Infection with the dengue virus may be subclinical (no apparent symptoms) or may cause illness ranging from a mild fever to a severe, even fatal condition, ie.dengue haemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome.

The symptoms may last up to a week. Some people may experience a resurgence of fever and other symptoms that may last another 2-3 days.

See a doctor immediately if you or anyone
in your family have any symptoms of dengue

Dengue fever symptoms

Symptoms are most commonly seen in adults and older children. Young children may show no symptoms. Typical symptoms may include:

sudden onset of fever (lasting three to seven days)
intense headache (especially behind the eyes)
muscle and joint pain (ankles, knees and elbows)
unpleasant metallic taste in mouth, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain
flushed skin on face and neck, fine skin rash as fever subsides
rash on arms and legs, severe itching, peeling of skin and hair loss
minor bleeding (nose or gums) and heavy menstrual periods
extreme fatigue

Dengue haemorrhagic fever symptoms

This is a rare complication of dengue in Australia. More commonly seen in children aged under 15 years, but can occur in adults. Symptoms include:

same signs as dengue fever
2-5 days after onset of fever, rapid deterioration and cardiovascular disease
perhaps shock and sometimes death.

Source: Queensland Government Health Information site</blockquote>

I just got back from the beach, so am now working through stories about it. Will update this post as I go. -Don

Sydney swamped: sewage alert to surfers

Posted on June 4th, 2010 in Environment, Health & Fitness, News Flash, Top stories.

Authorities are warning swimmers and surfers to stay away from Sydney&apos;s beaches due to high pollution levels caused by heavy rain, warns an article on the SMH site. It continues:

The rain over the past week has also forced some sewage plants into a partial bypass system, whereby some sewage is running into the ocean untreated.

A NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water spokeswoman said that authorities were recommending swimmers to avoid beaches over the next few days.

“[The] Beachwatch Program has recorded elevated levels of enterococci, a bacteria used to indicate the presence of sewage contamination, at many of Sydney’s ocean and harbour beaches following the heavy rainfall in recent weeks,” she said.

“The elevated enterococci levels are the result of stormwater discharges, sewage overflows and bypasses from coastal sewage treatment plants due to heavy rains.”

Having previously given a list of safe beaches at which to swim, the spokeswoman has updated her advice to say that no beaches were now considered safe.

With more heavy rain expected to fall across Sydney over the weekend, beach conditions are not expected to improve.

via Sydney swamped: sewage alert to surfers.

Twister rips through Lennox Head

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 in News Flash.

Twister rips through Lennox Head

Jessica Johnston | June 3rd, 2010

A Google Maps image of the Lennox Head area hit hard by a wild storm this morning.

TWO people have been taken to hospital amid reports of widespread damage after a mini-tornado ripped through Lennox Head, northern NSW this morning.

The wild storm is reportedly heading up the coast, with reports of two twisters sighted off Byron Bay.

At Lennox Head, roofs were ripped off, people trapped in cars in rising flood waters and power lines felled during the freak storm, which hit at about 7.30am.

via Twister rips through Lennox Head Local Gold Coast News | | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Tsunami effects predicted arrival times NSW

Posted on February 28th, 2010 in News Flash.

First tsunami effects are expected as follows:

Gabo Island after 08:00 am (EDT) Sunday

Sydney after 08:45 am (EDT) Sunday

Crowdy Head after 08:45 am (EDT) Sunday

Coffs Harbour after 09:00 am (EDT) Sunday

Byron Bay after 09:15 am (EDT) Sunday

Tweed Heads after 09:15 am (EST) Sunday

via Land and Marine Tsunami Warning – Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC).

Land and Marine Tsunami Warning – Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre JATWC

Posted on February 28th, 2010 in At large, News Flash.


New South Wales SummaryMarine Warning: for all coastal areas

IDY68028Australian Government Bureau of MeteorologyMEDIA:

No use of the Standard Emergency Warning Signal SEWSTOP


Issued by the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre JATWC at6:41 AM EDT on Sunday 28 February 2010


Tsunami warning for the marine environment for NEW SOUTH WALES.Threatened areas extend over all New South Wales coastal areas from GaboIsland to Point Danger.Possibility of dangerous waves, strong ocean currents and foreshore floodingthroughout the day from 08:00 am EDT Sunday.Sea level observations HAVE confirmed a tsunami has been generated.For further details visit the Bureau web site update due by 8:11 AM EDT on Sunday 28 February 2010DETAILS:Tsunami waves are more powerful than the same size beach waves, with the firstwave not always the largest. First tsunami effects are expected as follows:Gabo Island after 08:00 am EDT SundaySydney after 08:45 am EDT SundayCrowdy Head after 08:45 am EDT SundayCoffs Harbour after 09:00 am EDT SundayByron Bay after 09:15 am EDT SundayTweed Heads after 09:15 am EST SundayCheck that your neighbours have received this advice.Boats in harbours, estuaries or shallow coastal water should return to shore.Secure your boat and move away from the waterfront. Vessels already at seashould stay offshore in deep water until further advised.Do not go to the coast to watch the tsunami, as there is the possibility ofdangerous, localised flooding of the immediate foreshore.For emergency assistance, call NEW SOUTH WALES STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE on 132500Maps showing the affected areas are on the Bureau web For a repeat of this warning call 1300 TSUNAMI 1300878 6264.TSUNAMI SOURCE:An undersea earthquake of magnitude 8.8 occurred at 5:34 PM EDT on Saturday 27February 2010 near THE COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE latitude 35.320S longitude72.930W

via Land and Marine Tsunami Warning – Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre JATWC.