MILESTONE: Stephanie and Tony Haslam and Lidia Smith with a map of the Noosa River Catchment.
MILESTONE: Stephanie and Tony Haslam and Lidia Smith with a map of the Noosa River Catchment. Contributed

20 years of river caring has NICA in spotlight

THE Noosa Integrated Catchment Association is celebrating 20 years of catchment care this year, and to mark the event, is launching a series of monthly excursions on Saturday, March 5.

Stephanie Haslam, who is organising the program, said the excursions would take a closer look at man and the biosphere in the Noosa River catchment.

"The community is invited to come along and learn more about where they live," Stephanie said.

With a catchment that stretches from Teewah in the north, Kin Kin in the west and Lake Weyba in the south, these excursions will target a different area each month and include walks, talks, bus trips, car pooling, boat trips, etc, and will be free unless buses or boats are hired.

It's an opportunity to learn about the history of the Noosa River catchment, how we interact with our environment and plan for the future.

The first event on March 5 will look at the western side of Lake Cooroibah.

Meet at the corner of Lake Cooroibah Rd and Jirrima Cres at 2pm for a drive, informative talk about local history over afternoon tea, followed by an easy walk along the foreshore of the lake.

Local residents Stephanie and Tony Haslam and Lidia Smith from NICA will lead the excursion.

Bring your own afternoon tea and a folding chair.

"NICA has decided to celebrate its 20th anniversary by introducing people to aspects of the Noosa River catchment they may not know," said Stephanie, who is well-known as author of Noosa Native Plants and promotion of local design through NICA'S Look Like Noosa project.

"Increasing local knowledge of our environment and how we interact with it is a wonderful way to celebrate our 20th anniversary year," said Stephanie.

"People can come along.

"The events are free and no bookings are required."

Each event will be advertised online at www. noosariver.com.au and on Facebook.

For more information, call Stephanie on 5449 8118.


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