COME CREATURE SEEKING

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday activity that is also kid-friendly, come and explore the estuary at Screw Creek in Inverloch.

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and Fishcare Victoria are offering the chance to explore what lives on and beneath the water’s surface.

At 10am on Friday 11th January, join CMA Waterways Project Officer Matt Khoury and Fishcare Victoria’s Jacinta Early to explore Screw Creek.

The 90-minute session will be filled with interactive activities and interesting facts about this popular waterway and, if conditions are suitable, will include an electro fishing demonstration.

Matt says similar events have been held at other estuaries in West Gippsland.

“At each event we have had a great turnout. Attendees were really impressed by the amount of wildlife that relies on these environments for survival, and very excited to come face to face with our native fish and other critters.

“If you’ve ever wondered what lived on or beneath the surface of Screw Creek, this is your chance to find out,” he said.

“The Screw Creek estuary is also home to some vital habitats such as seagrass, mangrove and saltmarsh. These habitats provide refuge and breeding habitat for many significant birds and fish, so we should be sure to find some really cool creatures.”

The event will start on the Townsend Bluff Circuit boardwalk, near the Screw Creek Footbridge and anyone interested in attending can register at the Summer by the Sea website. Simply click on ‘What’s On’ and zoom into Inverloch on the map, then scroll through the list of activities until you find ‘Screw Creek Estuary Unmasked’.

“Be sure to wear suitable clothing for weather conditions on the day and bring along a bottle of water, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and snacks if you need them,” advised Matt.

This is a free event, but it’s essential to register. It’s suitable for all ages, but anyone under 18-years must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

For more information on the Screw Creek Estuary Unmasked event, visit http://summerbythesea.vic.gov.au or the events calendar at www.wgcma.vic.gov.au

presentation at event in Seaspray
1. Matt Khoury talking fish at an Estuaries Unmasked event in Seaspray earlier this year
Fishing demonstration
2. Find out more about the native fish in Screw Creek at Estuaries Unmasked on 11 January. Fish catching session as part of the Merriman’s Creek Estuaries Unmasked event in Seaspray.