Burdekin celebrates International Year of the Reef with fun, family day

A free community event celebrating the Burdekin’s connection to the Great Barrier Reef will bring Hands on Wildlife shows, over 20 stalls and special guest speakers to Alva Beach Park this Saturday 23 June.

It’s Your Reef Fest, a celebration of 2018 International Year of the Reef, will be a plastic free event with fun activities and entertainment for the whole family.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the event was being held in recognition of the Burdekin’s close proximity and strong ties to the Great Barrier Reef.

“This is reflected in our community’s strong connections to water and fishing,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We want to take this time to celebrate this natural wonder which is right on our doorstep, however we are also using this opportunity to promote responsible habits. This includes taking our waste with us and not leaving it behind on our beaches, near our waterways, or out at sea thrown from boats, where it can cause harm to wildlife and damage the environment.”

Residents will be able to get up close to wildlife including crocodiles, turtles, snakes and lizards on the day, with Hands on Wildlife shows between 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm.

Cr McLaughlin said a diverse range of agencies interested in spreading the message of protecting the reef would be represented with stalls.

“This includes Reef HQ, Turtle Hospital, the Sea Turtle Foundation, JCU and Tangaroa Blue. Dewy the Dugong from NQ Dry Tropics and the Pacific Reef Prawn will even be making special appearances and mingling with the crowd,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Wreck videographer and researcher Max Gleeson will also launch his documentary into the loss of the S.S. Yongala S.S. Yongala – Mystery of Generation, a range of food will be available to purchase and there will be a jumping castle and face painting for the kids.”

It’s Your Reef Fest is plastic free event. Council will supply a cold water refill station as no single use plastic will be sold on the day.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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