MAKING A SPLASH: Mary River enthusiasts Zela Bissett and Glenda Pickersgill.
MAKING A SPLASH: Mary River enthusiasts Zela Bissett and Glenda Pickersgill. Contributed

A festive spring

IT'S party time in the Mary Valley - and for more than one species.

Mary River Month is part of a "rush" of Gympie region festivities, including the Gold Rush festival and the Heart of Gold Film Festival.

But spring is a particularly busy time in the Mary Valley, especially for the Mary River cod, lungfish, Mary River turtle and giant barred frog, who find their mates and get started on the next generation at this time of year.

Humans started it this year when they jumped in the river on Sunday to mark World Rivers Day.

And they have given all the other species plenty of chance to catch up, by making the month last seven weeks, finishing with the Mary River Festival, on Spicers Oval, Kandanga from noon to 8pm on November 14.

The Mary River Month is supported by so many organisations that it cannot help but be a big success, even if only the organisers turn up.

It is a product of the Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee and more than a dozen partner organisations.

Some of it is earnest and some is celebratory.

At last count, it included 33 different events, including River Listening (a quiet sort of event unless it floods), a Land for Wildlife river walk at Tiaro, tree planting, working bees, water treatment tours, heritage bus trips up and down the river, water watch information, a Fraser Island frog workshop, bee keeping displays and soil nutrition information.

A photo competition will encourage entrants to "capture the spirit of spring" (and you might want to ask some of those other species about that, if they are not too busy).

There is a $400 prize pool, winners will be on display at the festival. For full information, see http://www.mrccc.org.au.

Gympie Times


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