Held at Henderson Park, Lemon Tree Passage on Saturday 19 November, the annual Tilligerry Festival Foreshore Fun Day proved once again to be a successful event.
State Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington was in attendance, telling News Of The Area, “So many people work so hard to make it happen.”
“The community spirit has always been here and with increased numbers at the Festival you can really feel it today.”
In addition to the usual rides, show bags, and fireworks, many volunteer, community, and education groups participate in the Festival, showcasing their services and products to the general public of festival attendees.
The Tilligerry Auto Club was a popular attraction and in a kerbside chat, President Ian Jones told News Of The Area, “This club has been going for seven years.”
“If you like cars, you’re welcome to come along, we don’t discriminate against make, model, or gender.”
The Ocean and Coast Care Initiatives (OCCI) volunteer group had a mocked-up rock pool to showcase some of the work they do.
Volunteers Ainsley and Roger Reeder told News Of The Area, “We are here to educate people about the local environment.”
Experienced rescuer from the Port Stephens Koala Group Ms June Wheen said, “Making people aware and educating them about who to contact when they find a koala is a key focus today.”
President Carmel Northwood added, “Community engagement is important to us as our focus is on rescue and rehabilitation.”
“Surrounding groups don’t have specialised care so we collect animals from areas such as Medowie and Muswellbrook to provide them with medical care before releasing back into their local environment,” she said.
By Heather SHARP