A small but steady crowd attended Riverfest in Lismore on Saturday, and while many stayed home due to smokey conditions the community event was well received by those who attended.
The Far North Coast Canoe Club were kept busy offering free tries of their kayaks, the SES demonstrated their flood rescue techniques to a very attentive crowd, there were a range of great stalls from environmental and community organisations, and the speakers tent was a crowd favourite.
Elly Bird, from Lismore Helping Hands says she learned so much about our rivers on the day. ’It’s great to learn that it’s not all bad news.
‘John Larssen from Ozfish was particularly interesting with his presentation about oysters in the Richmond, and they had a great display showing how efficient oysters are at cleaning the river.’
Ms Bird says there was also some incredibly useful information from the SES. ‘They showed us a map of our catchment and spoke to their audience about how to be prepared for the next flood. They are available for anyone at all to talk to them about putting in place a flood plan and we were really happy that so many people took the opportunity to talk to them on the day.
‘We had a really lovely day down by the river, one of the most popular activities was our poetry space where people could write a love letter to the river, people absolutely loved it. It just goes to show how much our Community loves our river and how much we want to see it restored to health.’