Broken-Boosey wattles and turtles to be showcased at free family event

Thursday 18 August, 2016
The community is invited to find out more about the Broken Boosey region’s native flora and fauna at a free family-friendly event to be held at Picola on Sunday, August 28.
Broad-shelled turtle - Damien Cook

The Wattles and Waterways event has been organised by the Broken Boosey Conservation Management Network (CMN) and Broken Creek Field Naturalists and involves a tour of the Broken Creek area (own transport, car pooling if possible) to see the region’s renowned wattle display and find out more about local turtles.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) CMN co-ordinator Janice Mentiplay-Smith said the event was a great opportunity to hear from well-respected specialists.

“The Broken Creek Field Nats members are extremely knowledgeable about the plants and animals of the region; their local knowledge is second to none, and a day out like this is a great way to soak up the knowledge of others,” she said.

“Rolf Weber is an ecologist who has had many years of field work experience, and is currently assisting Turtles Australia in all aspects of turtle conservation. He will be talking about turtles’ habits and ecology.

“This is also an opportunity to see the work undertaken by the Broken Boosey CMN - such as fencing and revegetation – in order to help protect and enhance the local natural environment.” 

There event is suitable for all ages and is free: BYO food and drink, wear sturdy footwear and bring binoculars and a chair.

The group will meet at the Picola Railway Park, opposite the hotel, Moran Street, Picola on Sunday August 28 at 9.30am.

For further information please contact Janice Mentiplay-Smith on 5764 7506 or janicem@gbcma.vic.gov.au