More than 250 children and adults attended free Nature Festival event Guranna Wilba Minlagawingga (Good Day at Minlagawi) on Thursday, 13 October.
The all-ages event was held in the Minlagawi Gum Flat Reserve, Minlaton, and included a huge range of activities, from cubby building to Nharangga string making and throw sticks, meet and greets with a variety of animals, leaf and rock art, live music, mindful dance and movement, outdoor circus tricks, water bugs, kids’ yoga and much more.
The event was proudly supported by Nharangga Aboriginal Progress Association, a SYP Community Hub and Wellbeing SA partnership, and Yorke Peninsula Council.
Animals Anonymous was supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, in partnership with the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board.
Yorke Peninsula Council Environment Officer Letitia Dahl-helm said she was pleased the weather forecast didn’t discourage people from attending.
“This year more activities were on offer including wadna (boomerang) throwing, Nharangga string making, rock art, nature crowns, face painting and circus tricks which were all really popular,” Mrs Dahl-helm said.
“Animals Anonymous had beautiful bettongs, bandicoots, a large lovely python and a very big and friendly goanna that all the kids couldn’t wait to see and talk about.
“Interacting with the animals allowed participants to learn about the benefits of the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board’s project Marna Banggara which is reintroducing small marsupials to southern Yorke Peninsula.”
Mrs Dahl-helm said the event was the perfect chance to enjoy the great outdoors.
“We’re so thankful to all of the partners and hosts who put on such a great day for all,” Mrs Dahl-helm said.
“The Nature Festival allows Yorke Peninsula Council, Nharangga Aboriginal Progress Association and SYP Community Hub to show the beauty and significance of Minlagawi Gum Flat, whilst promoting all of the things you can do in nature anytime, anywhere.”