Original story at the Fraser Coast Chronicle
COMMUNITY groups and schools are being encouraged to host an event for the inaugural Connect to Your Creek Week.
Healthy Waterways chief executive Julie McLellan said the aim of the campaign, from May 17-25, was to improve waterway health by increasing community stewardship of local waterways so people valued and cared for their local creek.
“Throughout the week, there will be a variety of events across South East Queensland to celebrate the diversity and beauty of our waterways,” she said.
“We encourage all community groups and schools to join us by hosting an event focused on their local creek.”
Examples of events that groups might host include tree plantings, kayaking tours, litter cleanups, guided walks, documentary screenings and workshops.
People have until February 24 to register their interest in hosting an event by completing the online form at http://www.healthywaterways.org.
Environment Minister Andrew Powell said the Queensland Government was proud to partner with Healthy Waterways on the exciting new initiative.
“One of the many reasons people love living in Queensland is our beautiful environment and our outdoor lifestyle,” he said.
“In south-east Queensland our waterways play a major role in the way we enjoy ourselves outdoors. Whether it’s visiting a cafe near the Brisbane River or taking a family camping trip near a favourite creek or waterhole.
“I look forward to celebrating our connections to our favourite waterways and attending some of the Connect to your Creek Week events.”