We begin the evening at 6:30pm with a ‘Sausage Sizzle’ - so please RSVP Cherie Ph 0407 226123 for catering. After dinner, at around 7:30pm, meet Rhys Collins from CCMA who is guest speaker for the evening. His topic is 'Estuary Watch', and he is used to speaking with both children and adults. Everyone is welcome, make a family night of it!
What is an Estuary? It is not a river! It is not the ocean! It is something completely unique in between! An estuary is the place where fresh water from a river mixes with salt water from the sea. Estuaries are unique environments that include some of the most biologically productive ecosystems on earth – how amazing that we are so lucky to live right beside these ecosystems here in the Corangamite region. Estuaries help filter pollutants, act as buffers to protect shorelines from erosion and flooding and provide essential food and habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife. Within the Corangamite CMA region there are 40 estuaries. These estuaries come in a wide variety of shapes, varying from long narrow river-like estuaries such as Wild Dog Creek at Apollo Bay and Spring Creek, Torquay to broad open water estuaries such as the Curdies River at Peterborough and Painkalac Creek, Aireys Inlet. Corangamite CMA is currently undertaking the Great Ocean Road Estuary Restoration project, working to improve the condition of key estuaries in the Corangamite CMA region through such things as rehabilitation of floodplain wetlands, provision of fish passage and the new EstuaryWatch Program. Come along and let Rhys Collins from CCMA show us where EstuaryWatch are up to, what they are doing and what you too can do!