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Eco-Marines

15/07/2016

​Care4Country, an Eco-Marines Event.
Imogen and Isaiah, two of our Eco-Marine Ambassadors, spent a day of their holidays at the Port of Brisbane:
We learnt about the importance of caring for our local waterways. Many thanks to Kylie, Penny and Meghan from Tangalooma Eco-Marines, to the Port of Brisbane for their support, and to Uncle Bob who welcomed us to Country and told us stories of the Quandamooka people. 
Our first activity was art with Delvene. We created a mural of a Coastline, using paint, pens and fabrics on a calico base. Imogen created a mangrove environment and Isaiah created a beach. The groups that followed added animals and other features. 
After lunch, John from the Port of Brisbane shared information with us about the work of the Port and how they carefully look after our environment. The Port of Brisbane has just won a 2016 Healthy Waterways award - the Sustainable Water Management Award for their work in the Laidley Creek, managing sediment entering the Brisbane River Catchment.
We enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea of Bush Tucker, trying kangaroo, emu and crocodile meat, quandongs, berries, chocolate eclairs with macadamia cream, scones with Lili-Pilli jam and a seeded damper.
Finally we drove around the site. We discovered that the Port of Brisbane collects the sediment washing down the river so that it does not enter the bay, and uses this sediment to reclaim land for the Port. We loved seeing the Bird Habitat that is visited by over 40 000 Migratory Birds each year.
The day was excellent! We are really looking forward to the next Care4Country event.
Imogen and Isaiah.

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