Mary River Month

Celebrate our rivers and creeks with 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  MRM 2017 calendar v5 for an overview of all the events. Starting this weekend we have:


Dive in to Mary River Month at 2pm on World Rivers Day, Sunday 24th September with the “BIG JUMP’ – take a step, a hop or a jump into your local river or creek and send your photos to

All entries will go in the draw to win one of two junior kayaks donated by BCF.
The Big Jump traditionally started in Europe to celebrate rivers becoming healthy enough to swim in.
For us the Big Jump celebrates efforts to keep the river and her creeks clean for current and future generations. Find out more by downloading the thebigjump flyer 2017


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”.

Thank you to our sponsors who have donated a range of cash prizes. Our sponsors are Murray Views, Burnett Mary Regional Group, BOS Rural, Noosa and District Landcare and HQPlantations.

Download the flyer and entry form here.


Tell Mary’s Tales is a new addition to Mary River Month this year. We are inviting members of the community to submit a piece of poetry or prose inspired by the Mary River, one of her creeks, or another aspect of the catchment. All entries will go in the draw to win a beautiful framed Bob Simpson photograph from the catchment. An entry form will be available here shortly.

To help you get thinking about it – all submissions that accompany the entry form will be 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 Mary River Festival with a selection of them presented in person.

Other highlights of the Calendar include

  • MRCCC Catchment Crawl dates – Tuesday 3 October and Wednesday 4 October
  • MRCCC AGM Wednesday 18th October
  • Alternative Herbicides for Revegetation Field Day, Kandanga 1st November
  • Mary River Waterwatch Volunteers BBQ at Tiaro 4th November
  • Mary River Festival, Kandanga – Saturday 11th November

Community organisations are welcome to submit an event for inclusion in the Mary River Month calendar.  For more information call the Mary Catchment Resource Centre on 07 5482 4766 or email

Image courtesy Cleo Frasier of Obi the Mary River cod at the Gerry Cook Hatchery

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