Educational fun on the river

The Hillbilly Goats are sure to entertain crowds at the Mary River Festival.

The Mary River Festival 2021 will bring communities together to celebrate our region through music, art, fun, dance, education, community stalls, environmental displays and talks.

It will be held at the Community Reserve (opposite the School) in Kandanga, Mary Valley on Saturday 17 July from 9am-4pm.

This year’s theme is the 3R’s – Responsible River Recreation.

Whether it be canoeing, swimming, fishing, walking, weeding, sitting or camping by the river, we need to be safe and respectful of others and the special environment we share… Leave no trace.

This friendly, family festival has something for everyone, on main stage, an exciting lineup of music including The Hillbilly Goats, Nizami – High Energy World Fusion Dance Band, Kelly Cork – local musician and composer, Done & Dusted – musician/band and Matt & The Mayor – musician/band.

By popular demand, the Gecko Man is back with all his animals to show and tell what’s so special about them. Terry the Great will be giving his interpretation of the 3 R’s and the Mary Valley Circus will be showing us what great talent we have here in our backyard.

Don’t miss the Yabba Yarning speakers area to listen to talks on River Recreation and other topical river issues.

Stroll amongst the local community stalls and be entertained by our roving Ruba Tuba band and The Bluegrass Guys. Come along and get involved with the local festivities.

Workshops will include creative weaving weeds with Kilagy, a creek walk with Eva, circus skills with the Mary Valley Circus, children’s dance with the beautiful Ruby Rainbow Dancer, musical instrument making with Anya, make a beautiful catchment mural with Belinda or help with making your own River Guardian costume or mask and join in the River Guardian Parade.

The first weaving workshop will run from 10am to noon and focus on collecting and preparing weaving materials, examples of useful items that can be made, creating and weaving your own masterpiece. For those who enjoy a challenge, there is a prize for the best woven hat. The second workshop will run from 12.30 to 2.30pm with options to continue on with your creation or join in a group effort to finish a beautiful woven platypus

Revision of water plan

On a more serious note, there is an opportunity to have your say about the issues that concern you about the Mary River system and how it is managed. The Mary Basin Water Resource Plan 2006 is being revised. (Yes the one that justified the Traveston Crossing Dam). The preliminary public consultation notice for the proposed replacement of the Mary Basin water plan is now available. The notice explains the reasons for replacing the plan and consultation arrangements. The Minister’s report provides further information in regard to the reasons for replacing the plan. Submissions on the notice close on 30 July 2021. There will be people at the festival to help with submission writing.

Volunteers are always welcome to help set up the day before and pack down the day after. The community breakfast will be on at the Kandanga Hall before the pack down gets underway on Sunday morning.

Stay tuned, visit the website – or follow us on Facebook. Tickets are limited under the Covid safe plan, so buy online early.