The dynamic and fascinating Gippsland Lakes environment will be explored at a one-day event at the Lakes Entrance foreshore on Saturday, 4 April 2020.
The Festival of the Lakes 2020 presented by the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee and partners will include expert presenters and stallholders covering topics from personal action and responsibility through to discoveries of rare species in and around the Gippsland Lakes.
One of the conference key speakers is Tammy Logan author of Gippsland Unwrapped. Ms Logan’s talk Small Changes, Big Difference: Towards a Zero Waste Lifestyle is about learning how to significantly reduce your waste and how individuals and small every-day actions can make a big difference.
Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee Chair, Peter Jennings, said the one-day event was a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to hear about projects around the Gippsland Lakes as well as to share their experiences.
“The Gippsland Lakes are iconic and a huge recreational drawcard,” said Mr Jennings. “And now residents and visitors can learn a lot more about them, projects that have been completed to help look after them and the people who work amongst them.
“We are pleased that we’ve got project managers and community groups involved in the day.”
Other conference speakers include Caitlin Jackson and Matt Montemurro, Marine Mammal Foundation; Marty Potts, Greening Australia; Deb Sullivan and Sean Dooley, Birdlife Australia and Sean Phillipson, East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.
Mr Jennings said the event aimed to inspire, educate and encourage people to take action to look after the Lakes and their local environment.
“There has been some fascinating research and projects completed on the Gippsland Lakes and wildlife that calls it home. Over the last four years, we’ve learned a lot about dolphins, birds, fish and frogs and how our behaviour can impact their survival.
“We’ve got community groups that have completed amazing projects and they will be there on Saturday, 4 April to share what they did and what they learned. Their dedication to the Gippsland Lakes must be commended.
“We’re set for an entertaining and informative day with Sandstorm sand sculpting creating something fabulous for us, the team from Black Snake Productions bringing wildlife and running education sessions, come and try SUP with Venture Out, music, food, sustainable stallholders, face painting and more. There really will be something for everyone.”
The Love our Lakes Festival of the Lakes 2020 will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm at the Lakes Entrance foreshore near the rotunda and footbridge. The program for the day, including a full list of speakers, entertainment and demonstrations, will be available toward the end of March.
The Festival of the Lakes is sharing the weekend with the Gippsland Lakes Great Pelican Count on Sunday, 5 April. Registrations for the Great Pelican Count are now open and can be found at loveourlakes.net.au.
This event is hosted by the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee and its partners through funding from the Victorian State Government for the health of the Gippsland Lakes.