Noosa Festival of Water - Sunday 16th October 2005
Noosa Botanic Gardens and Lake Macdonald
Strongly supported by Noosa Council and the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee, the Lake Macdonald Catchment Care Group will host the Noosa Festival of Water at the Botanic Gardens and Amphitheatre in Cooroy on Sunday 16th October.
The event will celebrate the 40th birthday of Lake Macdonald, Noosa's principal water supply source. The aim of the Festival is to highlight issues relating to our most precious natural resource : water, and in particular, the conservation and protection of supplies for current and future generations.
Festivities will include a range of activities and live music from Dva, the Barleyshakes, the Noosa Pipe Band, Noosa District Concert Orchestra and others. NDS Performing Arts will present "Eye of the Storm', a derivation of Shakespeare's Tempest, while ABC Coast FM will broadcast from the site.
A Noosa Regional Gallery Family Day and Arting About project will produce a major community art work, representing the epic battle between the Lake and one of Australia's top 20 worst weeds : Cabomba (*case history of this serial offender shown below).
Organisers plan free boat tours to the Gerry Cook Fish Hatchery, home of the endangered Mary River Cod, as well as tours of the Noosa Water Treatment Plant. (Participants should note their names on the boards provided at the boat ramp to book for a tour, as places are limited.)
Noosa Parks Association and Birds Queensland will host hourly Birdwatching tours, departing from the Birds Queensland display. Noosa Landcare will be giving out two free trees to every Noosa ratepayer who produces a current rate notice and the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee will be conducting free water testing for locals who bring in samples of their dam, bore and creek water.
During the day winners of the Festival Art Competition will be announced, the major overall school prize being a $5,000 landscaping project, courtesy of Noosa Landcare and Noosa Council, as well as individual student prizes courtesy of Cooroy Sports and Leisure.
A range of refreshments will be available and admission to the Noosa Festival of Water will be free. For more information, please contact the Mary Catchment Resource Centre on 5482 4766.
COMBATTING Serial Offender CABOMBA :
In conjunction with the Festival, the Lake Macdonald Catchment Care Group will host a Forum on Saturday 15th October for all stakeholders involved in projects aimed at tackling one of Australia's worst aquatic weeds, Cabomba.
The prolific growth of Cabomba in Lake Macdonald not only has the potential to reduce the quality of Noosa's water supply, but is also negatively impacting upon habitat for priority fish species, such as the endangered Mary River Cod and the Purple Spotted Gudgeon. (The Lake forms one of the major nursery sites for stocked Mary River Cod fingerlings.)
Cabomba forms dense underwater thickets than can dangerously interfere with swimming and boating activities, replace native aquatic plants and increase mosquito breeding, as well as depleting oxygen levels and light in the water, which reduces fish stocks.
Efforts to remove this noxious weed from Australian waterways will come under the microscope at the "War on Cabomba" Forum, where a range of presenters will discuss techniques to combat the South American invader. Cabomba is a weed of national significance and it is illegal to sell, distribute or grow the plant.
For more information on the Noosa Festival of Water or to register for the "War on Cabomba" Stakeholders Forum, please contact the Lake Macdonald Catchment Care Group on 5482 4766.
The Lake Macdonald Catchment Care Group gratefully acknowledges the support of Noosa Shire Council, Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee, Noosa Landcare, 90.3 ABC Coast FM, the Burnett Mary Regional Group, Veolia Water, Cooroy Sports & Leisure and Abyss Diving
Lake Macdonald Catchment Care Group
c/o PO Box 1027
Phone: 07 5482 4766
Noosa Festival of Water - Sunday 16th October
Draft of program
11.00 am MC reminder about boat tours, art activities, guided Birds walk.
11.05 am Noosa District Concert Orchestra
11.45 am Noosa Pipe Band
12.00 pm MC introduces Eve Fesl, representing Gubbi Gubbi people for Welcome to country
12.05 pm MC Introduces Noosa Mayor Bob Abbot who welcomes people to the Lake and officially opens the inaugural Noosa Festival of Water. Special guests to be acknowledged include: Veda Macdonald and Family, Gerry Cook, Chair of the MRCCC, Harry Jamieson, others tba
12.10 pm MC reminder about boat tours, art activities, guided Birds walk. Introduces NDS Performing Arts for "Eye of the Storm" performance
12.15 pm Guided Bird Walk with Cecily Fearnley departs from Birds Queensland display
12.50 pm MC reminder about boat tours, art activities, guided Birds walk. Introduces Linden Trio
1.00 pm Linden Trio (Indigenous performance)
1.15 pm Guided Bird Walk with Cecily Fearnley departs from Birds Queensland display
2.00 pm MC reminder about boat tours, art activities, guided Birds walk. Introduces Hari Bandhu (duo)
2.15 pm Guided Bird Walk with Cecily Fearnley departs from Birds Queensland display
3.00 pm MC reminder about boat tours, art activities, guided Birds walk. Introduces The Barleyshakes
3.15 pm Guided Bird Walk with Cecily Fearnley departs from Birds Queensland display
4.00 pm dva (pronounced D-vah) with Linsay Pollack and Tunji Beir
Noosa Botanic Gardens and Lake Macdonald, Not Assigned
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