Mary River Month commenced on World River’s Day, Sunday the 25th of September 2022, and concludes on Friday the 11th November – the anniversary of that fateful day when Peter Garrett said ‘no’ to the Traveston Crossing Dam.
SPRING IN THE MARY PHOTO COMPETITION
One of the highlights of Mary River Month is the MRCCC’s highly successful Spring in the Mary Photo Competition, with cash prizes courtesy of Murray Views – Gympie, the Burnett Mary Regional Group, Noosa Landcare, Kandanga Farm Store and Wide Bay Seedlings, Tiaro. Categories include River and Creeks, Coastal and Estuary, Wildlife, Rural, Junior and People’s Choice. Click here or contact the MRCCC for a copy of the entry form and get your entries in by Sunday the 30th of October!
All entries will be displayed on the MRCCC Facebook page on Monday the 31st of October, 2022 for the People’s Choice voting. Winners will be announced via Facebook on Friday the 11th of November.
20TH ANNUAL CATCHMENT CRAWL
The MRCCC’s 20th annual Catchment Crawl will travel the river over the 11th and 12th of October, testing water quality including nutrients and E.coli. Riparian condition assessment and photo monitoring is also undertaken at each of the 36 sites. The data gathered over the 2 days is used to provide a snap shot of water quality in the river, and create base line data which can indicate water quality trends when compared with previous years.
If you would like to attend and chat to the teams about what they have discovered at the sites, the event is open to the public at lunch each day. Contact Waterwatch Coordinator, Keira McGrath for details on (07) 5482 4766 or email email@example.com. A report on the Catchment Crawl will also be available to the public in the coming months.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The MRCCC’S AGM is heading to Mimburi at Belli Park on Tuesday the 25th of October. Guest speaker, Aquatic Ecologist Tom Espinoza will present ‘Mary River cod: Where we have got to and where we are going’, delving into recent information collected on genetics, habitat use and movement; DNA ageing, articulating the knowledge gaps that remain and how we can begin to address them through collaboration, strategic on-ground activities and strengthening consortiums.
MRCCC Project Officers will also give short presentations on projects that have been undertaken throughout the past year.
We will also reflect on the record-breaking floods that occurred at the beginning of 2022 and the effects they have had on the catchment.
If you would like to attend either in person or via Zoom, please call MRCCC on (07) 5482 4766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
A Mary River Month Calendar will be available soon.