11.2 C
Byron Shire
May 15, 2021

A watery Wednesday at Rocky Creek dam

Latest News

Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

Other News

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Oceans 15 triumphant return

The Ocean Shores Aquatics team have returned home with some great results after a month-long stint at various State...

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality. 

Locavores out and about

The sun is out, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so is the barbeque… or picnic, at this...

Cringe worthy PM

Keith Duncan, Pimlico After cringing at the spectacle of Scott Morrison blatantly lying to President Biden during that virtual climate...

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Rocky Creek Dam, which supplies water to Lismore, Ballina and Byron shires. Photo Rous Water

The school holidays are fast approaching and Lismore City Council is holding an event to get kids outdoors and into nature.

To celebrate the school holidays Council is inviting families to Water Wednesday at Rocky Creek Dam for a family day to explore, create and learn through a series of outdoor activities about water, water-saving, our water catchment and the plants and animals of the Big Scrub.

The activities are free and include: nature activities – take a close-up look at the rainforest plants of the Big Scrub; backyard birds – identify local birds and their calls. Come along for info and get involved in the Aussie backyard bird count; Koala watch and habitats – when does a koala need our help? Where does our wildlife live and why? Catchment creation – why do we need trees? Find out in this great learning activity; water walk – take a guided walk across the dam wall. How does the water get from the dam to the tap and back?

There will be an information Tent where you can ask about what’s on and play the giant water-saving game; a 3D working Catchment Mode – how can we help to keep the water clean and healthy? Water science – try some water experiments to make lilies, stars and giant bubbles; and, Be waste wise – draw your own design on a reusable bag to take home and shoot the 10c container basketball hoop!

Children must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times and organisers want to remind people to be safe and aware when walking in the carpark. Bring a hat, sunscreen and drinking water, and wear covered shoes.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy with the beautiful dam views or amongst the rainforest.

Ample parking is available or you can catch the free bus from the Lismore Visitor Information Centre. The bus leaves Lismore at 9.30am and returns at 1.30pm. Bus bookings are essential – please phone 1300 87 83 87. Lismore City Council is hosting Water Wednesday with support from the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, Friends of the Koala, Richmond Landcare, Rous County Council and NE Waste.

The event will be held on Wednesday, October 9 from 10am to 2pm.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.