Thou­sands turn out to en­joy fes­ti­val full of fun


Nathan De La Roche and Eszter Kiss give Gympie the thumbs up as they cel­e­brate be­ing at the Val­ley’s Mary River Fes­ti­val on the week­end.

KAN­DANGA turned on the good weather for this year’s Mary River Fes­ti­val and the eighth an­niver­sary of the an­nounce­ment by the then-min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment Peter Gar­rett of the ‘No Dam’ de­ci­sion.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers were very happy with the turnout of close to 2000 peo­ple, who made the most of a large range of ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially those with chil­dren.

Enor­mously pop­u­lar was Martin Fing­land with his an­i­mals in Gecko’s Wildlife, where at­ten­dees got to see all six tur­tle species of the Mary River in one place.

Those with more of an ed­u­ca­tional in­ter­est had plenty to lis­ten to in the Yabba Yarn­ing Speak­ers Tent, with a range of pre­sen­ters on many top­ics, like frogs, koalas, re­cy­cling and more.

There were nu­mer­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­plays, in­clud­ing the Fish Stock As­so­ci­a­tion with its dis­play of the tilapia pest fish and the young en­dan­gered Mary River cod.

Noosa Land­care planted more than 300 trees on the banks of the Kan­danga Creek, which will be ad­mired for gen­er­a­tions to come while also im­prov­ing the health of the ri­par­ian sec­tion of the creek.

The re­sults of the Mary River Catch­ment Co­or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee Spring in the Mary photo com­pe­ti­tion were an­nounced late in the afternoon. Or­gan­is­ers said it was their largest photo com­pe­ti­tion to date with an ex­cel­lent stan­dard of en­tries.

A wide range of musical tastes was catered for from the start at noon to the fin­ish at 8pm.

The lantern pa­rade saw the iconic Mary River cod and the Mary River tur­tle, along with the east­ern curlew and the dol­phin, be­ing pa­raded by en­thu­si­as­tic com­mu­nity mem­bers.

The even­ing fin­ished with a stun­ning laser show by SkyFall Entertainment and the sounds of All Strings At­tached.

Fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor Glenda Pick­ers­gil said she was de­lighted with the many pos­i­tive com­ments about this year’s fes­ti­val and was very ap­pre­cia­tive of the Gympie Re­gional Coun­cil’s efforts to make the site safer and a more en­joy­able fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence for the com­mu­nity.

“The site was look­ing its best and will evolve into a won­der­ful com­mu­nity re­serve,” she said.


GREAT ENTERTAINMENT: Terry the Great Jug­gler Ex­traor­di­naire thrilled the crowd at Satur­day’s Mary River Fes­ti­val at Kan­danga.

The drum­ming work­shop set its own beat.

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