World Wetlands Day 2004 -- Australia -- Victoria

13/01/2004

World Wetlands Day 2nd February

PRESS RELEASE
12th January 2004

"From the Mountains to the Sea - Wetlands at work for us"

FAMILY FUN DAY AT THE KYABRAM FAUNA PARK RAISING AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL WETLAND ENVIRONMENTS

The health of our river and wetland systems continues to be a widely reported and much discussed issue across Australia. On Sunday February 1st this year it will be the focus for a family fun and activities day at the Kyabram Fauna Park to celebrate World Wetlands Day which occurs on Monday 2nd February. World Wetlands Day marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February 1971, in the Iranian City of Ramsar.

Wetland ecosystems are an extremely important part of our local rural landscapes and perform many vital functions such as; flood control, water purification through the filtering of pollutants, salt disposal, stabilisation of streams and channels, providing habitat for a variety of species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, mammals and other aquatic life and providing breeding and nursery areas for many aquatic fish and other animal species.

The Kyabram Fauna Park has 33 hectares of natural and man-made wetlands that provide habitat and breeding grounds. The Fauna Park will be celebrating World Wetlands Day with a wide variety of fun activities for people of all ages. Normal admission prices will apply ($11 adults, $9 pensioners, $6 children, Family day pass $30).

  • Wetland Tours 10.30 am 2.30 pm
  • Environmental displays from: Waterwatch, Landcare, Campaspe Shire Stormwater Education
  • Children's Animal Discovery Trail
  • Free "Murray the Cod" show bags with loads of exciting items inside
  • Regional Waste Management Interactive Ecovan onsite with recycling and water management activities
  • Water Beastie Hunt Activities with Waterwatch
  • Free frog factsheets
  • Face painting
  • Theatre presentation of David Attenborough's "The Life of Birds" documentary film

World Wetlands Day at the Kyabram Fauna Park will be a great way to engage the community in discovering and learning about local wetland issues. The Park opens at 9.30 am with activities commencing at 10.00 am.

This project was developed and is being directed by Cheree Conley, Education Officer at the Kyabram Fauna Park, and Emily Boucher, Stormwater Education Officer at the Shire of Campaspe Kyabram Office.

For further information please contact Cheree Conley on 03 5852 2204 or Emily Boucher on 03 5851 3407

The Shire of Campaspe and the Kyabram Fauna Park are the principal sponsors of this event with the generous support of Goulburn Murray Landcare Network, Goulburn Broken Waterwatch, Friends of the Fauna Park, Kyabram Field and Game Association and Goulburn Valley Regional Waste Management Group.

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