The 11th annual Tweed River Festival starts today and culminates with the annual lantern parade and fireworks at Jack Evans Boat Harbour on Saturday 17 November.
The festival aims to raise awareness in the community about the importance of our waterways to our lives and our lifestyles.
Events began today with a free wetland and bird information walk from 9am to 11am.
It’s Pottsville’s turn on Wednesday when the ‘coastal habitat’ wetland and bird information walk is held from 9am at the Pottsville Bicentennial Leisure Gardens. Local bird and wetland habitat experts will lead a free escorted tour through the coastal and wetland habitat of the park. To register, please call Council on 02 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872.
As this year’s festival coincides with National Recycling Week, a visit to the Materials Recovery Management Recycling Facility in Morton Street, Chinderah, has been included in the festival lineup. See firsthand how the Tweed’s recycling is sorted. Tours will be held from 10am to 11am on Wednesday and again on Friday. To register to attend this free event, please call Council on 02 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872.
The annual Tweed Catchment Catch-up will be held on Friday at the Pottsville Bicentennial Gardens in Centennial Drive from 9am to 3pm. It’s an opportunity for residents to learn about projects that protect and enhance the natural resources of the Tweed Valley. The event is free; however, numbers are limited. To register, please call Council on 02 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872.
Then head down to the harbour on Saturday from 3.30pm (DST) for the main day of the Tweed River Festival, featuring children’s activities, live music, fabulous food and information stalls. You may even want to decorate a lantern and carry it in the parade yourself.
At dusk (around 7.30pm), the festival’s fabulous lantern parade will light up the river with hundreds of luminous lanterns on and around the water. The parade will finish with a dazzling fireworks display over Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
For more information or to register to carry one of the iconic parade lanterns or paddle your lantern-lit canoe in the parade, contact Tweed Shire Council on 02 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872. The full Tweed River Festival program is available on Council’s website www.tweed.nsw.gov.au under ‘Coming Events’.