In conjunction with Dave Logan (Healthy Waterways) we also run an interactive section for the kids. They can catch and identify aquatic creatures, conduct some quality water testing as well as check out the posters and information activities around the fauna and flora of Hays Inlet. It is a very popular spot and we are usually kept busy all day helping the kids with the activities as well as having a chat to their parents and grandparents about REF Inc.
We also get some great questions from passer-by’s ranging from identifying various birds and plants, what has happened to our soldier crabs, the health of the Bay as well as wanting to know more about REF’s activities and volunteer opportunities. Our people are always learning about the urban environment from our community and their comments and questions help us to stay focused on our core activities.
This year we also promoted the Moreton Bay Regional Bushcare Program. We will be working with the council to start a group at our Clontarf site. We certainly received plenty of interest from people with many registering interest with REF Inc. Watch this space for more information.
At the end of the day though, it is great social event not only enjoyed by the public but by our own volunteers and committee members. We not only get to enjoy the Festival but we have a chance to catch up with colleagues from other community groups, share some stories and ideas and generally chill out!