LOCALS braved choppy waters at Toondah Harbour on Saturday, February 2 as they paddled their kayaks in celebration of World Wetlands Day.
The event, hosted by Redlands 2030, was part of the international celebration commemorating the signing of the Ramsar Convention on February 2, 1971.
Australia was one of the first of 170 parties to sign the Ramsar Convention.
Redlands2030 president Steve MacDonald said the Ramsar Convention drew attention to important global wetlands sites such as Toondah Harbour and Moreton Bay to demonstrate the importance of their preservation.
Kathy Petrik from Redlands2030 said despite rough waters, roughly 20 paddlers took to the bay, with around 100 onlookers supporting from the shore.
Ms Petrik added that guest speakers at the event included University of Queensland marine scientist Simon Baltais and MangroveWatch volunteer Geoff Redman.
Paddlers left from GJ Walter Park at 7am, taking to the waters of the harbour with signs showing their opposition to a proposed $1.39 billion Toondah Harbour development which would include reclaiming wetland areas to build 3,600 apartments.
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