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A watery Wednesday at Rocky Creek dam

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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.


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