Celebrate Threatened Species Day at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba

Celebrate Threatened Species Day at Katoomba’s Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, with three special events run by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

Buttercup doubletail orchid (Diuris aequalis)

OEH’s Saving our Species (SoS) program will present Bushcare Conversations, an eco-marketplace, complete with an ‘eco-cinema’, a series of talks on the cultural significance of threatened species to Aboriginal people and discussions about the meeting of art and science in conservation. 

Bushcare Conversations will feature stalls by local environment groups highlighting the valuable work they do to protect the natural environment.

OEH Threatened Species Project officer Anna Murphy said this event was an ideal opportunity to get involved in local environment work.

“It’s a family-friendly event to learn about the work of Bushcare and bush regeneration groups, conservation groups and how to protect the special biodiversity of this World Heritage-listed area,” Ms Murphy said.

 “It also highlights the threatened species conservation actions being achieved by OEH and their partners through funding from the SoS program.”

 “An Eco Cinema will also screen short documentaries about the threatened flora and fauna in our backyard.”

Local Gundungurra man and Bushcare legend David King, will talk about the importance of conservation to Aboriginal people and Freedom Wilson will join Anna Murphy in a discussion about how art and science can come together to create better conservation outcomes.

The events coincide with the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s exhibition of Freedom Wilson’s Mycorrhizal Futurae – Ferox – Inferius about the endangered buttercup doubletail orchid (Diuris aequalis) from 25 August to 7 October.

Of this unique ‘science-meets-art’ project, Freedom Wilson said: “it’s a really good way to get people talking about conservation and for us all to learn more about all the things we need to do to be better conservationists,” she said.

Public Programs Co-ordinator from the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Katrina Noorbergen, said these events were possible because of the commitment of local artists to the environment.

"We are so lucky in this region to have a creative community who also cares deeply about environmental issues. That's why we are so excited to invite threatened species experts, environmental organisations, art lovers and the community together under one roof to share their knowledge for Threatened Species Day."

The program culminates on Sunday 9 September with a bushwalk near Blackheath which explores the evolution of local native fauna. The walk starts at 10.00 am and places are limited. RSVP to Blue Mountains Cultural Centre on (02) 4780 5410.