New festival to showcase Macquarie River

The inaugural Wambuul Macquarie River Festival will be held in Dubbo on 16 October celebrating the river’s uses, values and place in our local identity.

Macquarie River, Dubbo

The event is a collaboration between the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), Dubbo Regional Council and the Department of Primary Industries and local community groups, all of whom in some way protect, value and educate people about the river and all that it has to offer.

OEH Event Coordinator and Community Engagement Officer Andy McQuie said ‘Wambuul’ is the Wiradjuri word for the River and it is fitting that the community are coming together to celebrate the continuing significance of this iconic waterway.

“From Sandy Beach right along the Dubbo riverfront to Ollie Robbins Oval, there will be loads of stuff for people to see and do,” Mr McQuie said.

“We’ll have information about the recent high river flows as well as plenty of activities for people to try with the Orana Dragon Boat, Dubbo Canoe Club and the newly-installed Disk Golf course.

“Macquarie Bushcare will also be doing a riverside clean-up and anyone is welcome to join to do their bit to keep our river clean and healthy.

“The Riversmart floating classroom is hoping to be able to operate ‘hop-on hop-off’ water watch lessons throughout the day depending on the river flows

“At the Sandy Beach end ‘Gone Fishing NSW’ will feature casting competitions, a catch and release tank, displays, talks and fishing information for the whole family.

“There’ll be food and drink vendors along the river, and we’re hoping to get some of our local young musos to showcase their talents and a group of landscape painters under the leadership of local artist Mon Garling.

“The Dubbo riverfront will be a hive of activity this weekend and it’s safe to say there will be something for everyone,” Mr McQuie added.

More information on the festival Wambuul Macquarie River Festival.  Find out more about OEH’s work along the Macquarie River at the OEH website.

Contact: Sarah Scroope