A celebration of the Bundaberg Region's turtles, environment, culture and community will take place across 10 days with a variety of activities and events making up the 2022 Milbi Festival.
The Bundaberg Regional Council program has now launched and will immerse locals and visitors alike in a range of experiences from 28 of October to the 6 of November.
Tickets to each will go on sale on Friday 30 September.
Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said more than 23 events made up the program and included a range of free activities perfect for families as well as plenty of opportunities to find out more about the region’s culture, history and of course, milbi (turtles).
“From cultural experiences to free family fun, Milbi Festival provides unique and meaningful opportunities to connect community and culture and celebrate this incredible place we call home,” he said.
This year another message-stick will travel from the Bunya Mountains as a cultural mark of respect to herald the turtles coming home to nest.
To symbolise the importance of looking after Country, the Bunya Mountains Murri Rangers will hand over the contemporary message-stick to the Gidarjil Land and Sea Rangers at the Milbi Festival Sunset Launch.
Environmental and waterway sustainability is integral for the survival of many marine species including loggerhead turtles.
The significance of the milbi illustrates the survival of our returning turtles.
With cultural and environmental elements intertwined in the Milbi Festival program, Cr John Learmonth said there was opportunity at every event to learn more about the region.
“Take part in Milbi Dreaming Stone Painting, a Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tour or do your part for Turtle Hour,” he said.
“A range of free activities will also form part of the program, including Breakfast at the Zoo, Bundaberg Art Gallery exhibition Emergence and Milbi @ Mon Repos which will officially launch the start of turtle season.
“There will also be some old favourites for everyone to enjoy, including the Milbi Gala Ball at the Multiplex and Milbi Tucker + Tunes on the lawns of Fairymead House.
“There is something for everyone as part of this year's Milbi Festival, so mark your calendar for Friday 30 September when tickets go on sale because you won't want to miss out!”
Visit www.milbi festival.com.au for all the details.