Keep the Connect with Your Creek momentum flowing
  • Tuesday 10 May 2016

The successful Connect to Your Creek Week 2016 is now all washed up for the year, but that doesn't mean the engagement with your local waterways should also go down the drain.

Thanks to Unitywater and Sunshine Coast Council hosting a range of exciting, educative and informative events and activities throughout the week of April 9 -17, 178 residents took advantage of the opportunity to connect with their local creeks, lakes and rivers.

Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Jenny McKay said the aim of Connect to Your Creek Week was for all residents to form a connection with their local waterways and, in turn, the motivation to value and care about them.

"From boat cruises on Maroochy River and Pumicestone Passage, kayaking on Currimundi Lake and Maroochy River to tree planting along Stumers Creek, Lake Baroon and Namba Creek it was wonderful to see around 180 locals enjoying many different recreational, cultural and educational experiences in, on and around our region’s waterways," Cr McKay said.

"While Connect to Your Creek Week 2016 has now been and gone, our hope is for all members of the community to continue to use the important principles of the campaign to respect, appreciate and enjoy their local waterways in their own way, anytime of the year."

And one resident who will certainly be continuing to engage with Sunshine Coast waterways is Terry Byrne who won a 2+1 kayak from local business, Viking Kayaks in the campaign’s competition draw.

Mr Byrne, from Aroona, said he was thrilled to have won the fantastic kayak which would allow him to enjoy outings on a number of different creeks, lakes and rivers together with his wife.

"My wife, Diane and I have been kayak enthusiasts for many years, however we’ve always had single vessels, so it’s exciting to now be able to enjoy the experience together within the same one," he said.

For us, kayaking around the Sunshine Coast’s many beautiful waterways a couple of times a week, including Kawana Lake, Currimundi Lake, Golden Beach Pumicestone Passage, Bell’s Creek and Mooloolah River, is part of our regular exercise routine and really just all round good fun.

"One of the things we always do when out paddling is pick up cans, bottles and various other plastic things we see floating about to help look after our waterways and the many birds and animals that use them.

"Generally I think our waterways are in pretty good shape, however the more ownership people start to build, the better care we will all take of them.”

Unitywater spokesperson Kate Cash congratulated the Byrnes on their prize, and thanked everyone who took part in Connect to Your Creek Week 2016.

"As the region’s supplier of water and sewage treatment services, we consider waterway health in everything we do,” she said.

"We are proud to partner with Sunshine Coast Council on another successful Connect to Your Creek Week. It is an event which adds more community waterway champions to our ranks every year, for the ultimate benefit of our beautiful environment."