You are here

Home > About > News and media releases > Smart New Boat launched at Cape Conran

News

New boat "Diodon"

New boat "Diodon"

1 year ago from Unknown LDAP UserParks Victoria

Smart New Boat launched at Cape Conran

Thursday 30 May, 2013

The Friends of Beware Reef and Parks Victoria rangers celebrated the launch of a stylish new boat with a traditional champagne christening at Cape Conran yesterday. They were joined by children, parents and teachers from Orbost, Marlo, and St Josephs Primary schools in naming the sporty red and white Diodon, the scientific name for the puffer fish.  

Parks Victoria's District Manager for East Gippsland Will McCutcheon and Don Love from the Friends of Beware Reef jointly christened the new boat with a good splash of champagne. "The Friends have been 'eyes and ears' at Beware Reef since the Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary was created," said Mr McCutcheon, "We’ve relied on them heavily for boat access to the reef, research dives and reporting illegal activities. We can now offer on water support to the group and do our own monitoring and compliance patrols."

The boat is quite different from the usual type of Parks Victoria boat because it’s designed to suit the local marine operations of the East Gippsland rangers. It’s a rigid inflatable with twin engines and a versatile design that’s suitable for patrols, diving operations, whale entanglement rescues and research work such as underwater mapping using side image sonar.

Ranger Mike Irvine says the new addition to the Parks Victoria fleet has everything they need, "It’s very fast, light and easy to launch in small or difficult places. Its shallow draft and easy access for scuba divers makes it perfect for the research work we’ll be doing at Beware Reef. It can also be easily towed to support park operations on lakes, estuaries and offshore across eastern Victoria."

The winners of a local primary school video competition to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Marine Protected Areas were given a ride on the new boat to Beware Reef. Their videos were later viewed during a group barbecue lunch at Cape Conran Campground.

What's on

Click to view RSS Feed

Park Explorer - Werribee Park

22 Sep 2014 12:00am - 5 Oct 2014 12:00am

Drop in and pick up your explorer pack from the Mansion with activity sheets, magnifying glass and pencil. Complete the activities and return the pack to collect some Junior Ranger goodies. Activities are available every day of the school holidays.

Click to view RSS Feed

Discover spring at the Prom with Ranger guided activities for children and families.

22 Sep 2014 12:00am - 3 Oct 2014 12:00am

Parks Victoria’s Discovery program is designed to encourage kids and adults to explore Victoria’s parks with a ranger. Whether it’s discovering mini beasts through a microscope, learning about creatures’ tracks and traces and their habitats, or discovering the fascinating life beneath the sea during a rock pool ramble, kids will…

Click to view RSS Feed

Bird Watching - Coolart Wetlands

2 Oct 2014 9:45am-12:00pm

Come on a bird watching bonanza at Coolart Wetlands and learn a little about our local feathered friends. This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please meet at the Coolart Visitor Centre 10 minutes prior to the activity.

Click to view RSS Feed

Nature Trail - Brimbank Park

2 Oct 2014 10:00am-12:00pm

Use sharp eyes and ears to look and listen for animals and plants not always easily seen. Join a ranger to look for animals tracks, scratchings on the ground and tree trunks; animal droppings and abandoned feathers. Listen for birdsongs, ripples in the water and rustling in the bushes. This…