The Winton Wetlands held a successful come and play day last Saturday.February 6, 2013 4:44am
Following another of the north-east’s delightfully cool evenings, International World Wetlands Day dawned upon the Winton Wetlands in a majestic manner when a flock of more than 100 pelicans perched themselves on the red gum stags close to the Yacht Club foreshore.
With mid-morning temperatures also well below the February average, people turned out in droves to celebrate International World Wetlands Day at Winton Wetlands Reserve.
Throughout the day, Auscamp staff were kept busy on their mobile rock climbing wall, mountain bikes and canoes, with an estimated 200 people taking advantage of the complimentary canoes alone.
Auscamp director John Lindros said it was a really good day and all credit must be given to the Winton Wetlands Committee for co-ordinating such a fabulous event.
‘‘In addition to providing some interesting cycling routes for our bikers, they had also thoughtfully organised water stations along the bicycle trail and a shuttle bus to ferry people between the Yacht Club and Boggy Creek Bridge Rd,’’ he said.
‘‘It was also good to see so many people from the district making the most of this important community asset. The whole day just had a really nice feel to it.’’
Committee chairman Dr Dennis O’Brien echoed the sentiment, saying the committee was happy with how the day turned out.
‘‘The weather was beautiful with a light breeze, and nobody seemed to be in a rush,’’ he said.
‘‘David and Danielle from Water Watch were kept busy with their live macro-invertebrate display and vast selection of water types collected from various surrounding areas, while local art teacher Sandra Moore worked hard to keep up with the demand at her wetlands-inspired craft table.’’
Winton Wetlands’ acting chief executive officer Yvette Campbell said one of the most pleasing things about the event was not the fact that the team was able to introduce the wetland to an entirely new group of people, but that the vast majority of attendees on the day were either with, or from, young families.
‘‘We are trying hard to make the wetland an interesting place for all ages, but capturing the interest and imagination of the kids is extremely important to us as we firmly believe that today’s children are tomorrow benefactors and guardians of the reserve,’’ Ms Campbell said.
Comments received from bicycle tour participants were positive, with all pleased to have been given the opportunity to view the wetland a little more closely, and at their own pace. Others could not speak highly enough about the ‘on-bike’ commentary provided by Dr O’Brien and wetlands ranger Michael Saunders.
St John’s Ambulance staff were on hand throughout the entire morning and were pleased to return to base without even having to apply a Band-Aid.
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