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Turtles showcased for Milbi Festival

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Milbi Festival will provide the opportunity for the community to educate themselves on what they can do to help protect the species.

Learning more about the sea turtles that call the region home will be a major feature in the upcoming 2022 Milbi Festival program, with plenty of opportunity to participate in workshops and activities.

Turtle-y Interactive and Turtle Hour are two free events that will highlight what the community can do to help protect the turtle species.

Turtle-y Interactive is an informative session where guests will hear from Dr Col Limpus, Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Environment and Science, to find out all about the turtles that come back to the coastline each year.

Turtle Hour encourages residents to turn off their lights in support of Bundaberg Regional Council’s Reducing Urban Glow initiative, aiming to spread awareness about the negative impact artificial light has on nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.

Council’s Arts, Culture and Event portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said these events were a fantastic way to learn more about the species and ensure as a community, everyone was doing their part.

“The great thing about the Milbi Festival is the broad range of events on offer,” Cr Learmonth said.

“In particular, events such as Turtle-y Interactive and Turtle Hour provide us the opportunity to think carefully about what we can do to help the species.

“As a community we can come together to gain further understanding about why our region is so special and how our turtles continue to shape our wonderful ecosystem and environment.”

Turtle-y Interactive

Mon Repos supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and has the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting populations in the South Pacific Region.

Learn from Dr Col Limpus, Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Environment and Science.

Hear about the unique journey marine turtles embark on from nesting to hatchling and the battle to survive in the big blue.

Angela Capper who is a Research Fellow with the Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC) with CQU will also be presenting at the event.

Admission is free.

Register your attendance today.

Event details:
When: Monday 31 October 2022
Time: 11 am to noon
Where: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bourbong Street, Bundaberg

Turtle Hour

Residents and businesses are called on to flick the switch during Turtle Hour in support of the turtles for which the Bundaberg Region is world-renowned.

Anyone interested in being part of the annual event can easily get involved. Simply turn off your lights from 7 pm to 8 pm on 1 November.

To find out more about the ecological significance of turtles nesting in our region and how you can track light glow in our region, visit www.knowyourglow.com.au.

Event details:
Date: Monday 31 October 2022
Time: 7 pm to 8 pm
Where: Bundaberg Homes and Businesses
Cost: Free

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