Mary River Month

Mary River Month 2017

From Sunday 24th September to Saturday 11th November 2017 Mary River Month includes a wide range of activities, field days, forums, walks and talks throughout the Mary River Catchment, culminating with the Mary River Festival in Kandanga. Download the full Mary River Month calendar here.

World Rivers Day was celebrated on Sunday, 24th September so people were invited to take a big hop, skip or jump into their local creek or river. The “Big Jump” aims to reconnect people and communities to their local waterways.  Check out Kael (10) Keelee (7) and Seanna (9) Thompson jumping in the the Mary River at Grigor Bridge, Conondale in their Nippers gear – our Lifesavers of the Mary!! Two lucky entrants are in the running to win one of two junior kayaks kindly donated by BCF Gympie.

Mary River Month also includes the 2017 Spring in the Mary photo competition . There’s a special Rural category this year for images of agriculture, forestry and fishing in the catchment and Great Sandy Strait. We also have a Junior category and an open category. Get your entries in by the 6 November 2017 and come along to the Mary River Festival on the 11 November to see all entries on display and vote in the “People’s Choice”.  Download the flyer and entry form here. Thank you to Murray Views, Noosa Landcare, HQPlantations, Bos Rural and the Burnett Mary Regional Group for sponsoring the competition. 

This year, Mary River Month will also include ‘Tell Mary’s Tales’ poetry and prose which also starts on World Rivers Day. The closing date for submissions will be 3rd November.  All poetry and prose is limited to one A4 page (1.5 spacing, 12 font) and a small photo of the area that inspired the work (optional).  All submissions will be numbered and displayed in a presentation folder on the MRCCC stand at the Festival with a selection of them presented in person.  Two numbers will be drawn out of the hat and the entrants will be presented with either a framed photo by Bob Simpson, or a copy of Tim Heard’s Australian Native Bee Book.  Click here for a copy of the entry form.

Mary River Month linked events coming up in the next fortnight…

Wednesday 18thMRCCC AGM at Albert Bowls Club, River Rd (Bruce Highway) Gympie, commencing with morning tea at 9 am.    This year’s AGM will feature a screening of “Around the Campfire,” K’Gari  – A Custodial Perspective, produced by local filmmaker, Luke Barrowcliffe.  K’Gari (Fraser Island) is the traditional homeland of the Butchulla People.
Catering for this year’s Annual General Meeting will incorporate local pasture raised and chemical free produce. To confirm your attendance and advise of any special dietary requirements, please call us on 07 5482 4766, no later than Friday 13th October.

Thursday 19th October – Noosa & District Landcare – Threatened Species with Dr Ian Gynther, 5 – 7pm, Rural Futures Centre, Pomona.    There are people whose passion is to find these species, and to look after them.  Dr Ian Gynther is one such person.  Ian has a wealth of experience dealing with threatened and endangered flora and fauna of Queensland. Listen and learn about the species that may be in our backyard and why we should fight to protect them.  RSVP by Monday 16 October be calling Noosa Landcare on 5485 2468.

Friday 20th October – Fraser Coast Water Cycle half day tour, Maryborough.  Visit the raw water storage source (Teddington Weir) in the catchment and learn of its cycle.   For full details and to register for the tours, email Carol at or call Fraser Coast Council Customer Service on 1300 79 49 29.

Saturday 21st October – Gympie Landcare Bushcare – Bush Regeneration Working Bee at Nils Buchanan Park (the title photo of this update is taken in Messmate Park). Feel like lending a hand?  Gympie and District Landcare are holding their monthly working bee at Priddy Road, Kia Ora.  Nils Buchanan Park has significant mature stands of Gympie Messmate and riparian forest along Tinana Creek.  Feel free to go along and help with weeding and other activities to facilitate natural regeneration in the Park and then relax over a cuppa.  Contact Sandra Lalor 54821331 or Gympie Landcare 5483 8866

Saturday 21st October – 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.  Come see us at the MRCCC stall at the Fair!

Tuesday 24th October –Water Cycle Tour, Hervey Bay – (rescheduled from 16th Oct).  This tour involves a visit the raw water storage source (Lenthalls Dam) in the catchment, the water treatment plant, the sewage treatment plant and then the re-use tree farms where the final treated effluent is used to water plantation trees.  Pick up at 8.45am at Discovery Centre car park and return around 3.30pm.  For full details and to register for the tours, email Carol at or call Fraser Coast Council Customer Service on 1300 79 49 29

Wednesday 25th October – ‘All about Frogs’  1-3 pm Cooroy Library – Please join Noosa & District Landcare Group at the Cooroy Library to be engaged and informed by MRCCC’s Eva Ford .  Eva is well known in the area as the “Frog Lady” and if there is anything to know about our beautiful amphibians of the Noosa region then Eva is the one to ask.  The presentation includes a short walk to Cooroy Creek (closed in shoes please).  RSVP by 23rd October. Call Noosa Landcare on 5485 2468

Saturday 28th October – Bee Open Day, Mary Valley College, Imbil.  10am – 3pm – 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 :

Of course the annual  Spring in the Mary Photo Competition is well underway!  Get your exquisite 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.

Feel free to express your thoughts and feelings about your local waterway or any aspect of the Mary catchment by submitting your musings to our Tell Mary’s Tales – Poetry & Prose celebration of Mary River Month. Have your work displayed for all to enjoy and go in the draw for some great prizes.

Look out for our next update for more details on the great events and activities happening right up until the Mary River Festival on Saturday 11th November.
Download the full Mary River Month calendar here!!

Lifesavers of the Mary Image courtesy Christine Peters

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