Connecting kids to Great Lakes waterways and instilling a love for where they live is the focus of the release of this year's waterway and catchment report card by MidCoast Council.
The community is invited to a free special event designed for curious kids and adults who want to discover more about the area's incredible waterways and the animals and plants that rely on them.
The Lakeside Living Museum will be held on the foreshore of Wallis Lake on the grounds of the Pacific Palms Recreation Club on Sunday, September 29 from 9am to noon.
"There will be a host of hands-on, fun activities at the pop-up museum with a chance to meet local experts and discover more about Wallis Lake," MidCoast Council water quality and estuary co-ordinator, Prue Tucker said.
"Nature art workshops, an interactive catchment model, Worimi environment and cultural walks, water quality testing with visiting scientists, games, Gathang dancing and talks by National Parks Discovery rangers are among the many activities that will get kids in on the action.
These results help us keep track of the effectiveness of the many water quality projects we undertake each year with our community and partners.Prue Tucker
"Apart from a whole heap of fun, we hope the kids connect with the lake and it becomes part of their story, something they want to protect into the future."
The waterway and catchment report card is an opportunity for MidCoast Council to share the results of the waterways' annual health check.
Each year, council teams up with experts from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to independently assess the waterways' health.
"These results help us keep track of the effectiveness of the many water quality projects we undertake each year with our community and partners," Ms Tucker said.
In the weeks following the release of the report care, council will host a number of free hands-on community activities at its Explore with an Expert events:
- Creatures of the Night spotlighting walk, Tea Gardens, Wednesday, October 2;
- Discovering the Dunes, Blueys Beach, Saturday, October 5;
- Squirrel gliders habitat tree planting, Forster, Thursday, October 10;
- Wild whales talk and whale spotting, Forster, Sunday, October 13;
- Dawson River ramble, Taree, Wednesday, October 23, and
- Manning River photography exhibition and workshop, Wingham, Saturday, October 26.
To learn about these events, visit the MidCoast Council waterways report card 2019 web page HERE.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times while attending events.
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