In January this year kayak adventurer & ecowarrior Steve Posselt set off from Ballina on the last leg of his epic Connecting Climate Chaos journey that has taken him around the world raising awareness of climate change. A retired engineer, Steve is a former resident of Port Macquarie. His campaign commenced in the Gulf of Mexico & took him to New Orleans & Chicago before he headed to Canada, England & France for the COP – 21 Climate Summit in Paris in November, 2015.
While in Port, several of our members joined Steve on the water & attended his talk & slide presentation which showed highlights of his journey. We also signed his Climate Emergency Declaration & Mobilisation petition which will be presented to Parliament in Canberra in late February.
Our big news is that 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the club.
To reach this milestone is a great achievement & the present committee would like to acknowledge the work of previous committees, our trip leaders & the ongoing support of our members who support our twice weekly paddles.
November 2013 saw us celebrate the 6th birthday of the club & we have welcomed many new members who are enjoying their kayaking experiences with us.
After six successful years encompassing many kms of paddling, our website has enabled us to share the pleasures of paddling with you via stories & photos. We have enticed many people to seek us out, so much so that most of our enquiries & new members are coming via our website. That said, we look forward to hearing from YOU.
In November last year we ran our second charity paddle for CanAssist on the tranquil waters of Piper’s Creek at Kundabung. Monies raised from our Christmas raffle were also donated to this very deserving cause. Likewise, a group of our members who play lawn bowls kindly donated their prize money from a twilight team event they won to the cause, which boosted the coffers.
We also had a very informative stall, complete with kayak & dvd presentation of photos taken on our paddles, at the inaugural Seniors Lifestyle Expo held at Panthers, Port Macquarie which attracted a lot of interest.
If you are visiting Port Macquarie, make sure you visit Sea Acres Nature Reserve & watch the excellent Spirit of the Land audio visual exhibit which features cameo shots of members of our club on Queens Lake & Stingray Creek. This was a collaborative community project between the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council & TAFE Port Macquarie campus.
On 8 November 2012 our club celebrated its fifth birthday.
We have come a long way since our first public meeting back in 2007 and it is a credit to our committee and to all club members for their ongoing support.
We also organised & successfully ran our first club charity paddle in September raising money for Can Assist (Cancer Assistance Network ) which is dedicated to assisting rural cancer patients. Members had the choice of three distances (25 km, 12 km or 6 km) on the Hastings River between Westport and Wauchope.
We raised just under $1500 which was a fantastic effort. Thank you to everyone who was involved in some way.