Junior Landcare celebrated Healthy Waterways on the 29th of May 2014, with 90 students from local schools descending on the Mareeba Wetlands. Students from Mutchilba, Biboorha, Mt Molloy and surrounds had a full day of hands-on environmental activities learning about keeping our water clean from the Creeks to the Coast!
The day was launched with two special guest speakers: Rikki Gun, from Ghost Nets Australia, who spoke about the massive job of cleaning up abandoned fishing nets in the Gulf of Carpentaria, and Del Richards, from Fine Feather Tours, who covered the plight of the endangered Gouldian Finch, showing a map of recent sightings in North Queensland.
Northern Gulf Resource Management Group coordinated the event, which included sessions on looking after water-ways by recycling, preventing erosion, and fishing sustainably. Students also got to know more about wildlife in and around the water-way with a Jabiru Safari Lodge bird-watching boat tour; measured water health by identifying water bugs, and met some weird aquatic creatures with Zoo to You. Fun art activities included turning newspaper into art with the Junk Wave and making a Catchment Mural.
The event was hosted by the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group with support from the Mareeba Shire Council. This is the first of what will become the annual Mitchell River Kids Day on the last Friday in May.