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All the fun of the festival

24 Oct 2017

The North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has something for everyone at this year’s Big Cohuna Festival.

Registration for the  popular Cohuna Kids Carp Catch  is open from 9.30am Sunday, 5 November, at the North Central CMA marquee in Garden Park, and Gunbower Forest Bus Tours will also run on Sunday, at 9.30am and noon.

North Central CMA Acting Project Manager Amy Russell said the carp catch is a great event for kids to get involved in their local waterways, and have a heap of fun at the same time.

“There will be prizes awarded to young anglers who catch the largest carp, the most carp, the smallest carp and the most interesting fish,” she said.

“The main aim of the day is for kids to have fun, but it also provides a great opportunity to educate children about the creek in a family friendly atmosphere.

“During the day we will talk about responsible fishing, our Native Fish Recovery Plan, highlight the different types of fish that inhabit the creek and the importance of connectivity between the creek and the forest.

“You’ll need to bring your own rod and fishing gear, but we’ll supply the bait. Children are required to be accompanied by a guardian.

“We’ll also have turtles on display thanks to Turtles Australia, and there will be a free kids art activity as well.”

Ms Russell said the bus tour will showcase the conservation works in the forest and highlight the benefits of water for the environment.

“It’s also a great way to learn more about this amazing place on our doorstep,” she said.

“We’ll run two bus tours on  the day, at 9.30am and noon. They will each take about an hour. Make sure you wear enclosed shoes, and bring a hat and plenty of water.”

Places for the bus tour are limited, and bookings can be made until 1 November on 5448 7124 or Carp catch registrations can also be made on the same number and email address.

This event is supported by the North Central CMA through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Plannin