Coastal Connections a summer hit

Date posted: 12 February 2013

Holiday-makers once again flocked to the Coastal Connections Summer Holiday program with more than 1,000 participants enjoying a variety of coastal-themed activities, hosted by Natural Resources South East and the South East Local Government Association (SELGA).

There were 58 free activities held in and around the coastal townships of Kingston, Robe, Beachport, Southend and Port Macdonnell.

Tania Rajic, Coast and Marine Officer, Natural Resources South East said both locals and visitors were keen to learn about the coastline with many activities fully booked.

“The Creatures of the Night spotlights held at Beachport Conservation Park and the Freshwater Lake in Robe were very popular,” she said.

“Families enjoyed this night time activity as it is a great opportunity to view our native bush from quite a different perspective.”

Other activities over the summer holidays included Rockpool Rambles, Wetland Walks, Coastal Bush Tucker Walks, kid’s craft activities and sand sculptures.

Ms Rajic said the program, funded by the South East Natural Resources Management Board and the Australian Government’s Caring For Our Country program, is now actively sought out by visitors and feedback has been really positive.

“It is a great way to inform people about all the fantastic things that live in and along the coastline,” she said.

“Ultimately, when people are informed it means that they have a greater awareness of the importance of looking after our coast and the variety of life it supports.”

Tim Collins, Regional Manager, Natural Resources South East said the Coastal Connections program had become an important annual environmental event.

“The fact we have strong enquiry before the holidays and then strong bookings during the events shows the high value the community places on environmental education for the next generation,” he said.

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