Rally highlights river health

THE annual river rally at Cleveland's Crossing near Ewingar in the Upper Clarence will be held next Sunday.

The event has been run by Pikapene and Cherry Tree Environment Centre (PACTEC) and aims to combine education and awareness about catchment issues affecting river health with a family day of fun and music.

The first River Rally was held in 2007 as part of a campaign to educate the community on the threats to community water supply and recreation when it was proposed that the mighty Clarence River could be under threat from a mega dam construction which included proposals for diversion of water to the western river system.

The damming of the Clarence is a proposal which has been raised periodically over the past century, typically during periods of extended drought. While the proposal was overwhelmingly opposed by the Clarence community and most local politicians in 2007, such proposals never really go away.

Highlights on the day will be Uncle Hari Walker, a Bunjalung elder from Tabulam, who will talk on environmental management and story telling . Other highlights include the bush tucker from Bunawalbu Café.

Information on biodiversity conservation initiatives from the Lismore Environmental Defenders Office will be available.

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