larapuna Community Weekend aims for conserving coastlines

STUNNING: Volunteers will discover the Bay of Fires while helping rid the area of marine debris and sea spurge. Picture: Stefan Boscia
STUNNING: Volunteers will discover the Bay of Fires while helping rid the area of marine debris and sea spurge. Picture: Stefan Boscia

An East Coast event aims to clean up coastlines while helping the community discover more about the rich heritage of the region.

For the past five years, the larapuna/Bay of Fires Community Weekend has celebrated the East Coast’s diverse heritage values while offering an opportunity for volunteers to discover what makes the area so special.

Volunteers will be guided by Parks and Wildlife Service rangers and the Break O’Day Council’s Northern Resource Management facilitator along a 30-kilometre stretch of coastline while sharing knowledge, tackling sea spurge, and removing marine debris.

Park and Wildlife Service acting community program manager Sam Cuff said this year’s event was particularly special as it would fall during NAIDOC week.

“Parks and Wildlife Service Aboriginal rangers will welcome walkers to country through dance, smoke and ceremony,” Mr Cuff said.

“We are fortunate to also have the Heart Foundation on board this year to promote the health and wellbeing benefits that the event provides to the community.”

Highlights of this year’s event would include activities delivered by members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and scientists and experts from Eddystone Point Lighthouse.

On Friday, volunteers will meet at Deep Creek campground for an eight-kilometre or 10-kilometre walk.

On Saturday, volunteers will explore Ansons Bay and larapuna/Eddystone Point, and have the opportunity for dinner at the award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge.

Two options on Sunday will have volunteers walk through The Gardens or Ansons Bay.

Walks will go ahead regardless of weather, and a sound level of fitness is needed to participate.

The larapurna Community Weekend can be enjoyed for one, two, or three days, but those wishing to volunteer are urged to book their place soon.

  • The larapuna/Bay of Fires Community Weekend will take place July 13 to 15. RSVP to Sam Cuff at sam.cuff@parks.tas.gov.au or 0400 968 570.