Fun community field day at the river

A field day will teach interested people more about monitoring the rivers and wetlands in the Edward/Kolety River system. Photo by Olivia Duffey

Interested in finding out about the fish, turtles, water bugs, vegetation and interesting equipment being used to monitor the rivers and wetlands in the Edward/Kolety River system?

Go along to the Edward/Kolety River Community Field Day on Saturday, May 28, to find out more about it.

Charles Sturt University Professor Robyn Watts said it was a fun, free event where members of the community are invited to share knowledge and to learn about the wide range of river and wetland monitoring and research being undertaken in the Edward/Kolety-Wakool river system.

Activities, displays and demonstrations on the day include a Welcome to Country around the campfire; looking at water bugs and fish larvae under a microscope; a hands-on water quality activity; and a display about turtle monitoring and conservation.

There will also be information on Ramsar wetlands and environmental water; and a display of fishing equipment used by Department of Primary Industries-Fisheries to monitor fish in the river system.

The field day will be held from 11am to 3pm at Four Post Camp, 567 Greaves Rd, Deniliquin, on the banks of the river.

At 1pm there will be a demonstration of drones used to assess riverbanks and vegetation.

The event is co-hosted by Charles Sturt University, Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre, Murray-Darling Wetlands Working Group, Werai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation, Streamology, Edward-Wakool Angling Association, Murray Local Land Services, NSW DPI Fisheries, NSW Planning and Environment, La Trobe University, and the Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment.

“It is an opportunity for us to showcase the wonderful, collaborative work being undertaken on the Edward/Kolety river system,” Prof Watts said.

“Everyone is welcome to come along.”

Displays and activities will be held inside the hall and outside near the river, while a barbecue lunch and afternoon tea will be in a large undercover outdoor area.

“The Four Post venue is ideal for this event, so it will go ahead and be great fun regardless of the weather,” Prof Watts said.

Entry to the field day is free, with a free barbecue lunch and afternoon tea provided.

Attendees are asked to register their attendance by for catering purposes by searching ‘Deniliquin’ on the Eventbrite website, phoning 0468 465 509, or emailing Registrations close on Thursday, May 26.