Blues for the Bush

“A night to remember, after a day few will forget.”

It was a weekend of wild flower vistas, sweet sounds and sensational flavour for more than 1400 people who attended this year’s Blues for the Bush festival.

NACC is proud to be part of the Northern Agricultural community and even prouder to support local community events such as this one, and over the weekend, NACC staff put on their dancing boots and headed out to Charles Darwin Reserve to celebrate and support the event.

The 2016 Blues for the Bush was a unique opportunity to enjoy the friendly folk and warm country hospitality of the vibrant community that lives and works in Perenjori as well as meet some visitors to the region.

Some of our favourite highlights from the eclectic regional event included:

  • Celestial Delights: On Friday night early comers were delighted by an evening under the stars with choral music by the eight piece Giovanni Consort
  • Challenge of Change: The tent was overflowing all day and everyone’s story was filled with enthusiasm, passion and an eagerness to share their knowledge of what they have achieved in managing their landscapes. This came through time and time again as each speaker spoke about their own experiences and innovations.
  • NACC Information Stand: Friendly NACC staff were constantly on the go, as festival goers visited our stand for information about projects, the region and to check out our new interactive coastal erosion model.
  • Guided tours of Charles Darwin Reserve: these popular tours were booked out early and the lucky ones were able witness the raw beauty of the Reserve and get insights into the diverse challenges involved in conservation.
  • Early morning twitching: A handful of bird watchers braved the early morning cold and were delighted with releasing a spiny-cheeked honeyeater from the mist netting.
  • Make and Do Tent: This was the place to get crafty with bush flower arranging, canvas painting and weaving up-cycled material.
  • Bush tea and yarn: The best way to get a taste of bush hospitality over a cuppa, cake and bush poetry.

Gunduwa Business Manager (and NACC NRM Officer) Jude Sutherland said: “I would just like to thank everyone for coming out to the Charles Darwin Reserve on Saturday and sharing a memorable event, although it was a bit chilly throughout the night the day surpassed all expectations and I thank you all for your willingness to be a part of such a great event.”

Some of the presentations from the event will be placed on the Gunduwa Website soon.

NACC looks forward to supporting future Blues for the Bush events and many other local events throughout our spectacular region.

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