Last year's Love Mary Day interpretative walk led by Greg Smyrell from Indigaflora. Greg will be back again for this year's Get to Know Mary Day, leading a walk about the botanical features of the riverbank area.
Last year's Love Mary Day interpretative walk led by Greg Smyrell from Indigaflora. Greg will be back again for this year's Get to Know Mary Day, leading a walk about the botanical features of the riverbank area. Contributed

Take the riverbank walk of education in Tiaro on May 4

PULL on your walking shoes and join local botanists and experts as they talk you through a riverbank walk in Tiaro next month.

The Greater Mary Association's Get to Know Mary Day is the sequel to Love Mary Day held on the banks of the Mary River last year.

GMA president Tanzi Smith it was the second event they had had in the Mary River koala corridor.

"This year we will focus on the river itself - they were so popular last year we decided to build on that," Dr Smith said.

"We will pretty much cover a whole gamut including weed control, the ecology of the river and turtles.

"This day will be an opportunity to learn about the Mary River, the local plants and animals and the kinds of things that are being done to help make this environment healthier.

"There will be special kids activities and walks of different lengths to suit everyone."

Dr Smith was encouraging everyone to bring a picnic.

"Come down, grab a blanket and sit under the shade and enjoy a picnic - we will have a sausage sizzle and drinks on sale," she said.

"We are also asking people to register their walk. There will be small groups and different topics shared by members of the Greater Mary Association and organisations like Landcare and Mary River Catchment Co-ordination Committee and local botanists.

"We are drawing on the network to bring a range of topics and expertise.

"Last year we celebrated the river - this year we are learning about it."

At a glance

  • Get to Know Mary Day will be held on Sunday, May 4, from 10am-2pm at 34 Vandoorn Rd, Tiaro, near Petrie Park. This is a free event.
  • There will be kids activities including lino painting and tree planting; a sausage sizzle and drinks available for purchase.
  • To register or for more information, phone Cecile 0438195443, email greatermary@gmail.com or visit www.greatermary.wix.com/riverlovers or www.facebook.com/GreaterMary.

Topics

Walker leaders and topics to be covered include:

  • River ecology and restoration - Brad Wedlock, Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee
  • Bugs in action: Biological control of Cats claw creeper - Ross Smith, Greater Mary Association Inc (GMA)
  • How do rivers work - an overview - Peter McAdam
  • Plants of the Koala Corridor - Greg Smyrell, Indigaflora and Glenda Pitman, GMA
  • The Koala Corridor Project - our progress and goals - Tanzi Smith, GMA
  • Koala food trees and forestry - Col Bowman, GMA


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