Tribute to river crusaders

THE Gloucester Platypus Festival will take place this Saturday at the Billabong Park.

Members of the Gloucester Men’s Shed try out the pedal-powered milkshake maker at last year’s festival.

Members of the Gloucester Men’s Shed try out the pedal-powered milkshake maker at last year’s festival.

The festival is an opportunity for the Gloucester community to learn how to protect platypus so they continue to thrive in local waterways. 

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Rivercare’, which will pay tribute to the members of the local community chipping in to protect and restore platypus habitat.

Activities planned for the event include a demonstration water catchment model, a pedal-powered milkshake maker, a rag-rug workshop and a children’s treasure hunt

Stalls from MidCoast Water, the Platypus Awareness and Conservation Team, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, FAWNA, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, council, the Tucker Patch and others will provide information on the platypus and the habitats it frequents. Local food and wine will available to sample and entertainment will provided by talented local musicians. 

For those who want to get into the festive spirit early, a lantern-lit platypus spotting expedition has also been planned for Friday night. 

The festival kicks off at 8.30am and finishes at 1.30pm.

For more information visit www.platypusfestival.com.au

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