Spring in to Mary River Month update

Coming up in Mary River Month …

23-29 October – Aussie Backyard Bird Count – BirdLife Australia is busy preparing for National Bird Week which will include the fourth Aussie Backyard Bird Count. National Bird Week—a tradition dating back nearly 100 years—celebrates the incredible variety of beautiful birds found in Australia, and the Backyard Bird Count is an ideal way for bird lovers to experience them by taking part. Last year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count saw a record 61,000 nature-loving Australians take time out from their busy schedules to count more than 1.4 million birds. BirdLife Australia is calling on all Australian bird lovers to join in the count again this October. Anyone who is interested in birds can join in.  For more information, go to:  https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/

Saturday 28th October – (re-scheduled from 21st October due to weather) Cooran State School Community Fair –1pm-7:30pm at the Cooran-Pomona Cutters Football oval at Chris Kenny Park, Bridge Street, Cooran.  Live Entertainment, reptile displays, community stalls, rides, games food and much more.

Saturday 28th October – Bee Open Day, Mary Valley College, Imbil.  10am – 3pm – Celebrating all Bees!!   A community day for beekeepers, gardeners, students and families.  Talks and presentations, honey, wax and bee products, multiple raffles & food stalls. For more information go to: http://mrccc.org.au/valley-bees/

Wednesday 1st November – Alternative Herbicides for Revegetation Field Day, Kandanga Farm, 93 Main Street, Kandanga.  10am – 1pm.  Join a community of practice around alternative weed control methods and concepts.  Learn and discuss soil health and weed regrowth using a variety of different weed control methods and view progress of the one-year-old alternative herbicides trial.  Includes a free morning tea at Kandanga Kitchen so please RSVP to maryrivermonth@mrccc.org.au or call our office on 54824766 to secure your place.

Wednesday 1st November – Bushcare, Avocado Lane, Maleny- Avocado Lane Park Volunteers work to restore the Avocado Park bushland by removing weeds and replacing them with native species where needed.  For more information contact: http://www.hinterlandbushlinks.org

Saturday 4th November – MRCCC Waterwatch BBQ at Tiaro – 10.30am for 11am start –  All Waterwatch volunteers in the Munna and Tiaro Waterwatch network are invited to attend a special presentation of the Fraser Coast Waterwatch Report whilst enjoying a BBQ at Garth Jacobsen’s amazing Home Park property at Tiaro.  Food and drinks will be provided so please RSVP by 30th October to jess.dean@mrccc.org.au or by calling the office on 5482 4766.

Friday 3rd November – Little Yabba Park Bushcare Group – This group is restoring vegetation along the banks of Little Yabba Creek and the Mary River.  The working bee is at the Little Yabba Creek Rest Area on the Maleny-Kenilworth Rd. The purpose of their work project is to enhance biodiversity values of Little Yabba Park and to restore key flora and fauna corridors between the Blackall and Conondale Ranges and along the Mary Valley. Volunteers undertake removal of exotic plant species and replace them with native species.  Contact Kenneth McClymont at Sunshine Coast Council on 5475 7272 for more info!

Saturday 4th November – Tin Can Bay Foreshore Information Day –  9am- 4pm at the Tin Can Bay Lions Park, (immediately adjacent to the Tin Can Bay Library), along the Foreshore, and within the Library itself.  The day will feature a number of foreshore walks, information stalls and photo presentations.  The Library will feature underwater photographer and Marine Biologist, Josh Jensen who will present findings of the Cooloola Coastcarers’ Biodiversity Assessment project (1.30-2.30pm) and Tara Nielson will talk on Marine Life adjacent to the Tin Can Bay foreshore (2.30-3.15pm).     Other groups providing information and presentations include:   Gympie & District Field Naturalists – promoting the Natural History of the Foreshore;  City Farm – Native plants of local provenance in revegetation, landscape, and garden situations and a general overview of their use in Indigenous culture;  Gympie Landcare – Ernie Rider will lead walks along the Foreshore, highlighting the Diversity of Flora species. Times for these walks will be from 11am – 11.45am and 1pm – 1.45pm;  Gympie Regional Council – Representatives of Gympie Regional Council will be on hand to discuss with the General Public any issues of Environmental concern and Cooloola Nature – promoting the diversity of birdlife on the foreshore and conducting short Bird Walks from 9.45am to 10.30am, and from 2.15pm to 3pm.  For more information email cooloolanature@spiderweb.com.au or call (07) 54 826721 or download the flyer here.

Wednesday 8th November, Bushcare, Bridge Creek Maleny- The Community Nature Conservation Program supports the community to conserve and restore our natural environment in council reserves.  As a community nature conservation volunteer, you could undertake bush restoration activities; weed a patch of bush to allow regeneration; attend workshops and learn new skills.  Contact Kenneth McClymont at Sunshine Coast Council on 5475 7272 for more info!

Saturday 11th November, Mary River Festival, Kandanga –  11.30am to 7.30pm – Festival Lantern Parade, Drumming Workshop, Food Markets, Community Stalls, Environmental Talks, Evening Laser Show, Live Music!   Overnight camping available.  For more information download the flyer or visit  http://www.maryriverfestival.org.au//

The annual Spring in the Mary Photo Competition is well underway!  Get your awesome photos taken and submitted by 6th November to have the opportunity to win cash prizes.  Some lovely images have been submitted so far and we are keen to see the talents within our community and the many aspects of our beautiful Mary catchment.

Oh how green it is !!!!   Feel free to express your thoughts and feelings about your local waterway, pastures, flora and fauna by submitting your musings to our Tell Mary’s Tales – Poetry and Prose submissions to help celebrate Mary River Month. Send in your works to maryrivermonth@mrccc.org.au to be in the draw for some great prizes and have your work displayed for all to enjoy!
Full details of these and all activities within Mary River Month can be found on our website:  http://mrccc.org.au/mary-river-month/

Download the full Mary River Month calendar here!!

Featured image: Lifesavers of the Mary – Kael (10) Keelee (7) and Seanna (9) Thompson jumping in the the Mary River at Grigor Bridge, Conondale in their Nippers gear!!

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