The mighty Manning River comes into focus on World River Day, Sunday, September 22.
MidCoast residents are being invited to celebrate World River Day by entering a photography competition to capture what the Manning means to them.
"The Manning River is one of our greatest natural assets. From the World Heritage Barrington Tops to the coastal playground, the Manning is a valuable part of our community life," MidCoast Council's manager of natural systems, Gerard Tuckerman said.
With this in mind, council is hosting two activities to find out from locals about what the Manning means to them.
"We want to know what you value most about the Manning and its estuary - what do you love, and what needs protection now and into the future."
On Friday, September 20 council's catchment team will run a pop-up survey at the wharf at the end of Pulteney Street, from 11am until 2pm, asking people to share their views. If you can't make the pop-up, you can still have your say via an online survey at midcoast.nsw.gov.au/ourmanningriver.
To coincide with World Rivers Day, council is launching the "Our Manning River" photography competition with prizes valued at $750. First prize in the open category is a $500 voucher for the Camera House Taree, and first prize for the junior category (under 18) is a $250 voucher for Office Works. Entry is free, and open to all ages.
Photographers are invited to share photos depicting what you love most on the river or its estuary, creeks and wetlands.
With the Manning River catchment covering the 8400 square kilometres from Nowendoc to Farquhar Inlet, there's plenty of space for inspiration. Photos of boating, fishing, swimming, scenery, farming, nature and wildlife can all be entered by a link on council's web site, at midcoast.nsw.gov.au/ourmanningriver.
These activities are part of the 'Our Manning River' initiative, a community-wide undertaking to develop the Manning River and Estuary Catchment Management Plan (CMP), including input from a range of community groups with close connections to the river.
The Manning River and Estuary CMP is being developed with funding from the NSW Government through its Coastal Management Program.
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