There was a huge program in this year's Guringai Festival and NAIDOC week. 

Here's our photo montage of events including the Weaving Bridges art installation on Queenscliff Bridge, guided walks at Manly Dam and North Head, video conferencing for schools, a paper bark into bags workshop, and a kids poster competition. 

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Weaving Bridges Project, Guringai Festival and NAIDOC Week event.

Guringai Festival’s theme of Connections is on display in the Weaving Bridges artwork now installed on Queenscliff Bridge.

Artist Karleen Green, who designed the work, has used small and large woven circles to depict tracks, which pass by billabongs, and connect small communities to larger ones. The work reflects our connection to places such as Manly, Dee Why, Curl Curl and Narrabeen lagoons, as well as our ties to each other and to communities up and down the Northern Beaches.

Over 150 people, including local school children, created the artwork in special Yarn to Yarn weaving workshops. The work was guided by members of the Northern Beaches Aboriginal Community, Manly Environment Centre, Northern Beaches Council and Manly Community Centre.

The launch event, on July 4, was attended by more than 200 people, and included a smoking ceremony and dance and didge performance by Ray and Gene from Diramu Aboriginal Dance and Didgeridoo.

Photo wrap-up below, plus much more at Weaving Bridges Facebook.

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This is the month to kick the plastic habit.

Drinking straws, throw-away coffee cups, or single-use plastic bags? What will you give up?

The Council is right behind the July challenge, with 1,800 council staff pledging to switch to reusable cups for their coffee break. 

Details here, plus all the plastic-free events on this month.

 

TurtletankFlipWe're also up and running with our

Say NO to Single Use Plastic

Video Conferencing Sessions for Primary Schools

We have four sessions designed to engage and educate primary school students around Sustainability and the results of Single Use Plastics in our environment.

Students will learn about the big four single-use-plastic offenders and how to avoid them, and they'll have the chance to take part in Plastic Free July events. Sessions include education videos, lively discussions, quizzes, data and single use plastic to collect and an art installation to be created for the ‘Manly Arts Festival’.

Tank the Turtle himself will educate pupils about how plastic affects the ocean and marine creatures, like himself.

Book online for ‘Say No to Single Use Plastics’ for live video conference sessions.

http://dartconnections.org.au

Enquiries: Robynne.millward@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

 

 

 

Northern Beaches Council/MEC Eco Awards

Belinda Elworthy is the winner of this year's fiercely-contested Eco Awards event. Belinda was recognised for her incredible work setting up Plastic Free Manly -  a grassroots organisation that works with the retail community to rid Manly of single-use plastic free bags.

The Awards event, presented by NBC & MEC, was held in Manly Aquarium on Thursday night.

The prestigious Eco Award gives community members a chance to nominate their 'unsung environmental hero' - someone who deserves acknowledgment for their outstanding environmental and conservation work to protect our unique natural environment.

Last year's Eco Award was won by Sharnie Connell who has campaigned for the protection of marine life for many years, including spreading the message that “Healthy Oceans Need Sharks,” as well as working to rescue distressed and injured birds and animals.

Other winners include Peter Garrett in 2006 for his long-standing support of environmental issues and 2010 winner Brendan Donohoe, president of the Northern Beaches Surfrider Foundation, who has inspired many over the years to work alongside him in the pursuit of clean water and beach conservation.

Images: Belinda (in silver dress) is presented with an original painting by Mark Budd, by NBC Kylie Ferguson. Belinda with other 2017 Eco Award nominees and MEC staff.

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NOMINATION FORM FOR MANLY ENVIRONMENT CENTRE’S ANNUAL ECO AWARD

Members of the community are encouraged to nominate a ‘conservation hero’ by March 22 for the 12th annual Manly Environment Centre’s Eco Award.

 

Please download Nomination Form below. 

 

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Who will be our 2017 Eco Hero?  

Nominations have closed for the 12th annual Manly Environment Centre’s Eco Award.

The prestigious Eco Award gives community members a chance to nominate their 'unsung environmental hero' - someone who deserves acknowledgment for their outstanding environmental and conservation work to protect our unique natural environment.

Last year's Eco Award was won by Sharnie Connell who has campaigned for the protection of marine life for many years, including spreading the message that “Healthy Oceans Need Sharks,” as well as working to rescue distressed and injured birds and animals.

Other winners include Peter Garrett in 2006 for his long-standing support of environmental issues and 2010 winner Brendan Donohoe, president of the Northern Beaches Surfrider Foundation, who has inspired many over the years to work alongside him in the pursuit of clean water and beach conservation.

The winner receives an original art work in addition to public recognition of their work and achievements.  The awards will be presented at the end of March.

Media Enquires: media@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au (02) 9942 2678 

Ocean Care Day 2016 

Love Our Locals

This year's big eco-festival was a beauty. 

Blue sky weather, hundreds of entries in our kids' art competition, a samba band and lots of people dressed in shark costumes. 

There was a smoking ceremony, great speeches and three fabulous sound stages. 

The art tent was bulging with bright coloured schoolkids' artworks, with just enough room left for some local eco-artists. 

There was face (and arm) painting, a Batty about Bats play for kids, and dozens of environmental stalls. 

Of course we had the Manly Environment Centre Science Lab, where you get the chance to look closer - down a microscope, or by taking part in a citizen scientist survey.  Next door were Friends of Cabbage Tree Bay, the volunteers who look after Manly's marine wonderland. Then there was the Aboriginal Heritage Centre, beach cleanup groups Two Hands and Take3, and a creative 'scavenging' stall, where people collected rubbish and got tokens to exchange for donated clothing items. 

And this year, the event spread beyond Manly, with a pollution-fighting Ocean Action Pod at Dee Why, and a big beach clean-up day at Avalon.

Big crowds everywhere, and particularly at our Manly oceanfront home, made the day our best and biggest festival ever. 

Thanks to all the MEC volunteers for all your work and Northern Beaches Council for their support.

 

Images: The MEC Lab, Take3 stall, kids' artworks, Aboriginal Heritage stall. 

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Batty about Bats

Ocean Care Day has always had eco-art and eco-stalls. Now we're bringing you eco-theatre as well.

Kids will love this musical play about Batty the grey-headed flying fox who is about to have a pup. She’s been on the move ever since she left the Royal Botanic Gardens and is worried about what’s going to happen to her baby if she can’t find a home fast.

Bats finds an ally in Possy, the little Ringtail Possum who thinks Batty is actually a fox that flies! But the pair encounter Lady Beatrice Barrenbottom the Third, who has a big problem with Bats and is trying to convince Ranger Bob to do something drastic.

Can Possy help save Batty from homelessness?

 

The Manly Litter Bug

And our own Litter Bug will be there to highlight the impact of litter and single-use plastic on beach communities and ocean environments. And to remind us all that 'no one likes a litter bug'.

 

Above: Lady Barrenbottom and Possy.  Below: The Manly Litter Bug

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Dee Why and Avalon

Ocean Care Day isn't just about Manly.  We need to keep all our beautiful beaches clean.

So we're dispatching the Ocean Action Pod to Dee Why.

The pod demonstrates how marine plastic is polluting the ocean, killing marine life and contaminating our food chain.

Find out what micro-plastics look like, and which plastic products are the worst offenders at getting into our waterways.

Most important of all - find out what you can do to help.

The pod will be at Ted Jackson reserve Dee Why beach on Sunday Dec 4 from 10 - 4

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Avalon is coming to the party too with a big beach cleanup, followed by a BBQ and a microplastics workshop. It's the last beach clean of the year.

Meet at Avalon SLSC on Sunday Dec 4 at 10am. 

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'Love Our Locals' - 2016 Ocean Care Day  MARINE PARADE

Join our festive dress-up Marine Parade and help us kick off this year's Ocean Care Day in style.

Starts Manly Wharf forecourt at 9.45 for 10am start. Sunday Dec 4.

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