Explore at the Lakeside Living Museum

Published on 06 September 2019


Connecting kids to our local waterways and instilling a love for where they live is the focus of MidCoast Council's Waterway and Catchment Report Card release this year.  

Everyone is invited to a free special event designed for curious kids and adults who want to discover more about our incredible waterways and the animals and plants that rely on them.  The Lakeside Living Museum will be held on the foreshore of Wallis Lake at the Pacific Palms Recreation Club lawns on Sunday 29 September from 9am to 12pm.

“There will be a host of hands-on, fun activities at the pop-up museum with a chance to meet local experts and discover more about Wallis Lake," said Council’s Water Quality and Estuary Coordinator, Prue Tucker.

"Nature art workshops, an interactive catchment model, Worimi environment and cultural walks, water quality testing with visiting scientists, games, Gathang dancing and talks by National Parks Discovery Rangers are among the many activities that will get kids in on the action.

“Apart from a whole heap of fun, we hope the kids connect with the Lake and it becomes part of their story, something they want to protect into the future."

The Waterway and Catchment Report Card is Council’s opportunity to share the results of our waterways' annual health check.

Each year, Council teams up with experts from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to independently assess the health of our waterways. "These results help us keep track of the effectiveness of the many water quality projects we undertake each year with our community and partners," says Prue Tucker.

In the weeks following the Report Card release, Council is hosting a number of free hands-on community activities, so please join us for one or more of our “Explore with an Expert” events:

Creatures of the Night spotlighting walk, Tea Gardens – Wednesday 2 October;
Discovering the Dunes, Blueys Beach – Saturday 5 October;
Squirrel Gliders habitat tree planting, Forster – Thursday 10 October;
Wild Whales talk and whale spotting, Forster – Sunday 13 October;
Dawson River Ramble, Taree – Wednesday 23 October;
Our Manning River Photography Exhibition and workshop, Wingham – Saturday 26 October.

Put these dates in your calendar. They will be popular, so be quick to visit the Waterways Report Card events page to find out more and book your place today. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times while attending events.