Sunday 11th July 11.30am the Opening of the Save the Mary Museum and River Education Centre

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Invitation to the opening of the Save the Mary Museum and River Education Centre (next to Kandanga Railway Station) on Sunday 11 July at 11.30am with Wildlife Crusader, Bob Irwin as special Guest Speaker.

The Museum will be a tribute to all the people who worked so hard to overturn the decision to dam the Mary River. Visitors are lead around the walls of the building by following a section of the  rainbow scarf   that was knitted by volunteers during the lengthy campaign (the entire scarf is hundreds of metres long).  These walls become a story-board of the campaign from start to finish, packed full of colourful photos and signs,  crammed with information.  The museum also features a resource area focussed on river education.  read more..

The community were mobilized by a desire to protect the river, its endangered species, the farmlands and lifestyle of the valley. From its beginnings, the campaign to save the Mary River has been characterised by creativity. People of the campaign tapped in to their considerable talents in song-writing, cartooning, visual art, photography, poster and banner design to get across their messages. An amazing range of talents in rhetoric, web design and campaign organization came about over the course of three and a half years.

The rejection of the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal represents one of the very few projects rejected outright under the federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. The River Education section focuses on the unique flora and fauna of the Mary River and provides information about future water resource planning and river restoration, river dynamics and food webs right from the top of the catchment to the Mary River Estuary and the internationally recognised wetlands, the Great Sandy Strait.

To add to the celebration, we have Keith Gall and Trish Roth back from the States with Keith keen to muster up some of the performers from the Love Mary Album and to play on into the afternoon, so bring a chair or blanket to sit out on the grass and catch up with friends. We are now selling tickets in a special ‘Open Day Raffle’ to be drawn on the opening day – sign attached and there will be memorabilia glasses with the dates of the No Dam campaign available on the day too.

Hope you can join us on the 11 July or come visit the Save the Mary Museum and River Education Centre, next to Kandanga Railway Station,  on Wednesdays and Sundays 10-4pm. Please help the centre by distributing the flier below, or by taking part in the raffle.