Connect to Your Creek Week on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is home to so many beautiful lakes, creeks and rivers enjoyed by locals for countless active and recreational purposes - do you have a favourite?

In celebration and recognition of all of our waterways Sunshine Coast Council and Unitywater have teamed up to host a cascade of exciting waterway events throughout Connect to Your Creek Week from April 9 to 17, 2016.

Infrastructure Services Director Andrew Ryan said Healthy Waterways' annual Connect to Your Creek Week provided a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get outdoors and connect with their local waterways.

"We believe this year's program of events and activities on the Sunshine Coast is bigger and better than ever, enabling all residents to actively engage with our waterways through recreational, cultural and educational experiences," Mr Ryan said.

"Council is working towards a sustainable environment by protecting the waterways that support our livelihoods and lifestyles as well as for the birds and animals that use them.

"Through the Environment Levy, council has invested in rehabilitation projects and partnerships with not-for-profit community groups and private landholders to understand, maintain and improve the health of our waterways however more needs to be done.

"The aim of the Connect to Your Creek Week initiative is for all residents to form a connection with their local waterways and, in turn, the motivation to value and care about them."

Unitywater and council are hosting a range of waterway events to celebrate Connect to Your Creek Week including a number of boat trips and paddle days on Pumicestone Passage, Maroochy River and Currimundi Lake.

The free Maroochy River Community Kayak and Dragon Boat Paddle Day is on April 9. Or you can hop aboard a river cruise on Pumicestone Passage or on Maroochy River on 11 April for just $12.50, departing from both locations at 9.30am and 3.30pm. There is also a free Community Paddle Day at Currimundi Lake on April 16.

All residents in the Sunshine Coast Council area are welcome, but spaces are limited, visit the Healthy Waterways website or council's website to book.

"These activities will highlight the beauty of our waterways and give residents the opportunity to learn about the history of each waterway and its significance to our community and environment," Unitywater spokesperson Rebecca Marshall said.

"As the region's water and sewage treatment supplier, Unitywater considers waterway health in everything it does.

"The more people use our waterways, the more they are valued. By actively engaging with our waterways through recreational, cultural and educational experiences, people will be motivated to appreciate their local creek that little bit more."

And everyone who participates in any of the events and submits a feedback sheet afterwards will go in the draw to win a 2+1 kayak from Viking Kayaks.

Visit council's website for a full list of the Connect to Your Creek Week 2016 Sunshine Coast event program.

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