On Sunday 3rd June the Lake Macdonald Catchment Care Group will host the Noosa Festival of Water at the Lake Macdonald Amphitheatre and the Noosa Botanic Gardens to celebrate World Environment Day in Noosa Shire. This year's Festival will begin at 10.00am and finish at 3.00pm.
The Noosa Festival of Water aims to highlight issues relating to our most precious natural resource - Water, particularly conserving and protecting water supplies for current and future generations.
The Festival, now in its third year, will again showcase some of Noosa's greatest attractions together with a variety of activities. Festival organisers are planning musical entertainment at the amphitheatre including live music from local entertainers, Giants over the Falls, the ever popular, Barleyshakes, Pomona Choir, the Noosa Pipe Band and much more.
There will also be the opportunity for young people to learn how to fish sustainably with the "Take a Kid Fishing" program, under the expert guidance of David Whelan, Bush 'n' Beach Fishing Magazine's journalist. Bookings for this program can be arranged by ringing 54 82 4766.
The Festival will also offer free boat tours to the Gerry Cook Fish Hatchery, home of the endangered Mary River Cod, and tours of the Noosa Water Treatment Plant.
Canoeing activities will take place on the Lake to launch the new Lake Macdonald Paddle Fishing Trail."Come n Try" be the first to touch the water on 8 supervised trips, one each 30 minutes with qualified instructors who will give you a taste of the beauty at Lake Macdonald and the new Paddle Trail
All equipment will be supplied. Queensland Canoeing has a Sun Safe Policy and therefore, please bring sun screen, hat, sunnies, shoes, shirt or rash shirt. A land based briefing will be given to each participant 15 minutes prior to their session. Bookings preferred to Queensland Canoeing 32781033 (be early).
Alternatively, bring your own kayak or canoe for an explore paddle on the lake at anytime during the Festival following the new canoe trail for the first time entering from the new jetty at Mary River Cod Park (adjacent to fish hatchery), Collwood Drive, Lake Macdonald.
There will be a range of displays from organisations featuring alternative water treatment/storage solutions including, Tradelink Environmental Services, Noosa Council's Plumbing Section and Pristine Water Supplies and Urban Water Co.
Valda McLean from Noosa Parks Association and Cecily Fearnley will host the popular hourly birdwatching tours and Noosa Landcare will be giving out two free trees to every Noosa ratepayer who produces a current rate notice. Locals will be able to have their dam, bore and/or creek water samples tested at the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee's display, where free water testing will be available from 10am until 2 pm. Other displays include the Burnett Mary Regional Group, Noosa Council's Sustainable Housing Program, "Living Smart Homes", Wilvos, Treemax, the Camphor Laurel Group, TravelSmart Noosa, Noosa Integrated Catchment Association, Healthy Waterways, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Dilly Bag and Water Aware.
The Noosa Regional Gallery will host its very popular family day in the Botanic Gardens, providing an opportunity for budding artists young and old to produce their own works of art. This year's theme is "The Floating Land."
At the Lecture Tent, a program of presenters will provide information on a range of wildlife and sustainability issues, including the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, Climate Smart Living, Aquatic Weeds and Installation of Water Tanks. Ron West from the historic Majestic Theatre will also present a glimpse of the world of silent movies.
A range of refreshments will be available. Admission to the Noosa Festival of Water is free. For more information, please contact Ruth at the Mary Catchment Resource Centre on 54 82 4766.
The Lake Macdonald Catchment Care Group gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:
The Department of Natural Resources and Water; The Burnett Mary Regional Group, Noosa Shire Council, Australian Water Services, Veolia, Pristine Water Systems, Treemax, ABC Coast FM, Mary River Catchment Resource Centre, Cooroy Mountain Springwater, Noosa & District Landcare Group and Cleanaway.