Community members are invited to attend the inaugural Lismore River Festival and Carp Muster on Saturday, 2 December, from 10am to 4pm in Riverside Park.
The free family event includes fun and games, as well interesting information, including the secret of how to transform the European carp from an environmental pest into a tasty addition to your menu.
People who love to fish can be in the running to win a share in over $2000 worth of prizes in the carp fishing competition or you can taste chef Daniel Lange’s delicious carp creations that will forever change the way you look at carp!
The Northern Rivers Science Hub will host a speaker tent with talks on carp, river health, weed management and more. Dr Matt Landos, Director of Future Fisheries Veterinary Service, will give a myth-busting talk about carp, covering everything from river health, native fish decline and what we can do to reverse this. John Larson, chair of the OzFish Unlimited Richmond River Chapter, will give a talk called ‘Oysters… Not just good to Eat’ on the importance of oysters in our lower estuarine systems and river health. Lismore City Council will have information on Biodiversity Management Strategy projects including the Rural Landholder Initiative, and give a talk on flood management planning for the future.
The Far North Coast Canoe Club will also run a come and try session from 10am to 12pm from the Rowing Club ramp.
Other activities include:
- Fishing from the riverbank – BYO gear and licence. Open to all ages with junior and senior prizes
- Junior fishing clinic
- Carp cooking demos and tastings by Love Food Hate Waste chef Daniel Lange
- Carp filleting demos by Ballina Fisherman’s Co-op
- Rous County Council book launch
- Tree planting
- Catchment health education and games including 3D catchment model and nest box building
- Discovery trail activities
- Live music and much more!
Come along with your fishing rod for a day of fun with the whole family. For more information, email Shae Kolk or phone 6681 6169.
The Lismore River Festival and Carp Muster is presented by Conservation Volunteers Australia as part of the Northern Coastal Rivers Pest Fish Force Project, Lismore City Council, the Department of Primary Industries and OzFish, with additional support from the SES, Frogley’s Offshore, Bunnings, Ballina Camping and Disposal, Richmond Landcare Inc., the Northern Rivers Science Hub, Lismore Workers Club, Friends of the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens and Rous Country Council.