Celebrate all things green at Kumbartcho Festival

The tranquil sanctuary of the Kumbartcho environment centre at Eatons Hill will soon be transformed to a hive of excitement and activity when Moreton Bay Regional Council hosts the Kumbartcho Festival on August 27.

More than 3000 people are expected to attend the annual free-family-fun day, located at council’s environment centre at Bunya Pine Court in Eatons Hill between 11am and 3pm, in celebration of Moreton Bay Region’s environment and wildlife.

Councillor for Division Nine Mike Charlton, said there would be plenty of activities on offer for the whole family to enjoy.

“Families and kids are going to be blown away by the number of fun-filled activities on offer at this year’s festival with everything from bird box making to wildlife and reptile shows, through to a cubby house library,” Cr Charlton said.

“For the first time, the festival will offer canoeing on the dam, nature play activities with Journey Outdoors Nature play, recycling activities as well as pot up a plant and river walks.

“Kids are bound to enjoy face painting, craft and candle making and the jumping castle, while the agile members of the family can try their hand at the rock climbing wall.

“There are picnic areas for those who want to bring their own lunches or if you want to pick up something to eat at the festival, the Apex Club will be hosting a barbecue.

“So with just about something for everyone to learn and explore at the festival there’s no excuse to mark this event on your calendar.”

Cr Charlton said the community nursery connected to Kumbartcho would also be open on the day.

“Learn about what plants will do well in your garden by listening to some short talks and mini-workshops starring Jerry Coleby-Williams from Gardening Australia being offered at the nursery,” he said.

“There will also be a chance for someone to win a 1.5 kW Springers Solar System as a lucky door prize.”

Council’s spokesperson for Lifestyle and Amenity and Councillor for Division 10, Matt Constance said since the sanctuary opened in 1997, it has made an enormous contribution to the local community through its family facilities, nursery and education centre.

“Thanks to Kumbartcho and its volunteers more than 1.5million native trees and plants have been grown in the nursery and sold or gifted to the public,” Cr Constance said.

“Make the Kumbartcho Festival your excuse for a fun family day out.”

The Festival will be held on Sunday, 27 August, at Kumbartcho Sanctuary in Bunya Pine Court at Eatons Hill between 11am and 3pm.

Catch the FREE mini shuttle bus from Drapers Rd and Eatonvale. For more information : www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/kumbartcho-festival/ or call council on 3205 0555.