Redlanders who care about our natural bush and its inhabitants should set aside Sunday 8 September for a special free family event.
It’s Bushcare’s Major Day Out, where you can learn more about the City’s wonderful natural environment and how to protect it.
The event, a new feature on the City’s environmental calendar, is on from 9am–12pm at Fellmonger Park on Sturgeon St, Wellington Point.
Redland City Council environment spokesman Cr Paul Gleeson said it was a great opportunity for Redlanders to learn more about their City’s wild side while having a great day out.
“Our natural bush is part of the Redlands’ character and lifestyle and helps make our City such a great place to live,’’ Cr Gleeson said.
“We are proud of the many Bushcare volunteers and Council’s IndigiScapes environmental teams who work to ensure our bushland and wildlife thrives for generations to come.’’
One local family, the Briggs, are especially looking forward to Major Day Out at Wellington Point’s Fellmonger Park.
The Bushcare regulars – Fredelle and Mark Briggs and their children Lauder, 6, and Andrea, 3 – said that helping the local environment through Bushcare gave them a great sense of achievement and satisfaction.
“We all get excited if it’s a Bushcare weekend. Our group is awesome, it is very relaxed,’’ Fredelle says.
“We laugh and have so much fun, then have a cuppa and cake afterwards.
“We look at what we have done and feel a sense of pride that ‘yes’ we do make a huge difference … that feeling is worth bottling!”
Fredelle said it was important that children were encouraged to learn about and love the fauna and flora around us.
“We believe it’s this generation that will lead the way in conserving and respecting our environment,’’ she said.
“Our girls have always shown a passion and enthusiasm for all of the Bushcare events. They learn something new each time.”
Redland City Council supports Bushcare through the provision of tools, equipment and the expertise of its IndigiScapes environmental education teams.
Cr Wendy Boglary, whose Division 1 includes Wellington Point, said she was proud to host Major Day Out as part of a national celebration of the contribution of Bushcarers.
“Bushcare is a great way to protect our natural environment and this event will help you learn more about what you can do to nurture the plants and animals that call them home,’’ Cr Boglary said.
“There will be displays, activities and workshops and bring your camera for our photography sessions.
“There’ll also be a free sausage sizzle and a chance to win prizes.’’
Visitors to the event need to wear enclosed shoes and take sun protection and drinking water.