Mary River Month 2019

Mary River Month started with the Big Jump World River’s Day on Sunday the 22nd of September 2019 and will finish with the Mary River Festival at Kandanga on Saturday 9th November.  Download a copy of the Mary River Month calendar here!

Mary River Month is supported by the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee and the Gympie branch of the Bendigo Community Bank.

One of the highlights of Mary River Month is the MRCCC’s popular Spring in the Mary Photo Competition, with cash prizes courtesy of Murray Views, Gympie Landcare, the Burnett Mary Regional Group, Bos Rural, the Greater Mary Association and HQPlantations.  Categories include the Open section, Junior, Wildlife, Rural, Saltwater and People’s Choice. Contact the MRCCC or click on the link for a copy of the entry form  and get your entries in by Friday 1st November!

On the 8th and 9th of October the MRCCC’s Waterwatch Coordinator Jess Dean and the MRCCC team will be leading the annual Catchment Crawl.  This two-day excursion samples water quality at numerous locations along the Mary River, from the headwaters in the Conondales, to the estuary at River Heads.  Contact the MRCCC for a copy of the itinerary if you would like to be involved.

On Wednesday 9th October, Marilyn Connell from Tiaro Landcare will be hosting a free Turtle Talk at Kenilworth Hall from 6 – 8 pm. Click on the link for more info!

The MRCCC AGM will be held on Wednesday 16th October in Gympie, with Guest Speaker Associate Professor Ron Johnstone presenting research on water quality in the Great Sandy Strait.  The AGM will also hear reports from our Chairman and Project Officers on the work of the MRCCC over the past year.  For more information or to RSVP to the MRCCC, contact the MRCCC on 5482 4766 or email

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October, the ANARRA Wildlife Rescue group are hosting a Koala Workshop at the Albert Bowls Club in Gympie. Click on the link for more information and a copy of the registration form.

The Mary River Festival at Kandanga on the 9th of November wraps up Mary River month.  This year’s Mary River Festival commemorates the 10 year anniversary of that fateful day when former Federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, said no to the Traveston Crossing dam proposal, and the Festival Organising Committee are working hard to ensure there will be ample opportunity to celebrate! The Festival features fantastic entertainment, community group displays, Cat’s Claw Creeper vine weaving, Speakers tent, lots of good food, and plenty of activities that the whole family will love.  Click on the link to download a copy of the flyer. Visit or find them on Facebook!

If you are planning an event that you would like to include in the Mary River Month 2019 calendar please send an email to  A copy of the calendar will be available on the MRCCC’s website

Mary River Festival Kandanga Reserve, Kandanga 

12 noon – 7.30pm  Saturday 9th November 2019

Come along for a day of music, art, children’s games and activities, education, local foods, environmental discussions and displays, and more!

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Mary River Month is supported by the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee and the Gympie branch of the Bendigo Community Bank.