Noosa Festival of Water 2009

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  • Location: Lake Macdonald Amphitheatre & Noosa Botanic Gardens, Cooroy 4563 Queensland

Lake Macdonald and the Noosa Botanic Gardens provide a stunning setting for the fifth annual Noosa Festival of Water, which will take place this year on Sunday 7th June from 10 am until 3 pm. It's hard to imagine a better way to spend a Sunday than sitting at the Greek style amphitheatre enjoying top quality entertainment with Lake Macdonald as the backdrop.

The Festival commemorates World Environment Day, aiming to raise community awareness of the need to conserve water supplies and protect water quality and aquatic biodiversity. This year the Festival will also be highlighting the Noosa Biosphere, incorporating activities which will help the wider community better understand the relationship between humans and the Biosphere.

Martin Fingland from Geckoes Wildlife will be displaying some of his diverse collection of Australian Native animals, as well as giving a presentation in the Amphitheatre. The Geckoes Wildlife team has a long-term commitment to conservation, contributing many of their animals to captive breeding programs. Top local bands including the Celtic/Irish bluegrass of the Jimmies and the 30 piece Noosa District Concert Band will also get your toes tapping in the Amphitheatre.

Free boat tours across the Lake to the Noosa District Hatchery and the Noosa Water Treatment plant will operate throughout the day from the boat ramp. The recently refurbished Hatchery has been involved in breeding fingerlings of the endangered Mary River Cod for release to impoundments and waterways in the Mary Catchment since 1983 for both recreational and conservation purposes.

Renown Bush'n'Beach journalist, Dave Whelan will conduct the "Take a Kid Fishing" clinic, which has grown to be Australia's largest. Last year's participants proved that freshwater fish can survive in the Cabomba infested Lake, with a number of delighted kids catching a range of species.

TravelSmart are offering a prize to people who travel to the Festival by Public Transport or by pushbike. A free bus transfer service from Cooroy will connect with the local bus service which leaves Noosa Heads at 10.35 am. To enter the competition, visit the TravelSmart display with your bus ticket. A courtesy bus is also provided for Festival patrons from the car parking area.

Dedicated local artist Lyn McCrea will be encouraging kids to help save Lake Macdonald from Cabomba weed with her Arting About team and their massive mural of Lake Macdonald. Arting About is a regular feature at the Noosa Regional Gallery each month, encouraging kids and their families to be involved in artistic activities.

Displays at the Festival include Noosa Landcare who will be giving away two free trees to Biosphere residents upon presentation of a rate notice, the MRCCC will be offering a free basic water testing service for landholders who bring a sample from their dam, creek or bore and Noosa Parks will be asking "What bird is that"!

A range of refreshments will be available and entry to the Festival is free. The Lake Macdonald Catchment Care group gratefully acknowledges the support of the Sunshine Coast Council and the Burnett Mary Regional Group, as well as the large number of volunteers whose contribution ensures a successful event. For more information or a copy of the Festival flyer, visit the MRCCC's website at or call the Resource Centre on 07 5482 4766.

Downloadable: "Noosa Festival of Water 2009" Flyer
Sunday 7th June 2009 - 10am to 3pm
Lake Macdonald Amphitheatre & Noosa Botanic Gardens, Cooroy
Free parking or TravelSmart to win a prize by mountain biking or catching the free bus from Cooroy - connects with Sunbus service 631 departing Noosa Heads at 10.35 am
For more information call 07 5482 4766 or email

An entertaining and educational day showcasing some of the region's unique ecological features in a picturesque location.

On the lake
Free boat tours to the Noosa Hatchery -- home of the endangered Mary River Cod
Australia's largest free Kids' Fishing Clinic with Dave Whelan, Bush'n'Beach journo
Free boat tours to the Noosa Water Treatment Plant -- from the Lake to your tap
Queensland Canoeing --
qualified instructors -- learn to paddle and tour the lake

In the amphitheatre
The Famous Jimmies -- top Sunshine Coast musicians play Irish Celtic bluegrass
Geckoes Wildlife -- Want to relate to a reptile? Hear a bird that barks? Martin Fingland presents
Guest speakers -- What's so special about Mary -- the Biosphere talks
Pomona A Capella Choir, Lake Macdonald Pipe Band, Noosa District Concert Band and more

Arting About with Lyn McCrea -- Can your kids help save Lake Macdonald from Cabomba Weed?
MRCCC -- Free water testing. Bring your bore, creek or dam water sample
Geckoes Wildlife-- make friends with the natives!
Free face painting
Noosa Landcare -- free trees for Noosa Biosphere residents. Bring your rate notice

Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee :
PO Box 1027, Gympie 4570, Gympie
07 5482 4766
07 5482 5642

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Lake Macdonald Amphitheatre & Noosa Botanic Gardens, Cooroy

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