Sand sculptures, rat traps, conservation education and more at Envirohub event
The Sand Sculpture Competition at the Sustainable Blue Backyard competition this Sunday is just one of the activities planned.
The event gets underway at 10 am near the surf club at the North end of Waihi Beach.
Event organiser Emma Woods from Envirohub is looking forward to the event being a great platform for people to come along and learn about conservation. “In addition to the conservation messaging being shared by Department of Conservation, Envirohub and our partner organisations the University of Waikato Coastal Marine Station, Scion, Waihi Beach Environment Society, Coastcare Bay of Plenty and Predator Free Waihi Beach will also offer education about the importance of keeping rubbish out of the environment, marine biosecurity threats, myrtle rust ID, local conservation efforts and predator control.”
Locals from Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga Districts can also pick up a free rat trap for their backyard from Predator Free Bay of Plenty. There is also a chance for kids to paint their rat trap to take home!
“The main purpose of this conservation event is education, but we’re jazzing it up by adding some fun activities that the whole family can participate in. There will be cool prizes up for grabs, and as a bonus Harcourts Waihi Beach have kindly sponsored prize money for the sculpture contest - so it’ll be worthwhile coming along and putting your creative flair and sand building skills to the test. We’ll also have the Hydrohub on hand to provide free water – people just need to bring their own drink bottles to fill up. It’s going to be a great day.” explains Ms Woods.
In keeping with the conservation week kaupapa, the theme for the sand sculpture contest is marine creatures. Local sand art legend Jamie Harkins is onboard as a judge. “We’re extremely happy to have the talented Jamie Harkins as a judge and we can’t wait to see all the marine themed sculptures people create!”
Jamie recommends coming prepared with a few tools to help make great sand sculptures. These include a bucket, trowel, spades, spoons and blunt knives - so make sure you bring these with you.