The Peaks to Points festival finished in style, with around 2000 people enjoying the winter sunshine at the Oxley Creek Common for Festival Family Day presented by Brisbane MarketPlace.
Children enjoyed the farm animals, dancing, theatre, gardening, insect displays, craft activities, face painting and games. Meanwhile, parents relaxed in the sun, listening to the sounds of Diddly Squat and enjoying the many displays by environment and community groups, and the delicious food available. Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, officially opened the day and took the opportunity to meet many of the groups and visitors.
Events in the first week of Peaks to Points included platypus spotting (unfortunately without success) bird watching walks, guided bushwalks through forests and conservation areas, walking tours of areas under restoration, a history walk, tours of the Greenbank Military Training area and the Oxley Sewage Treatment Plant, a nature journaling workshop, and opening of the Cornerstone Community Garden.
The second week saw more birdwatching and bush walks, a tour of the Rochedale Landfill, celebrations of Oxley Creek Catchment Association’s 20th anniversary, 20 years of the Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee, and 5 years of the Oxley Men’s Shed, plantings for National Tree Day at four sites, workshops about the Common Myna bird, composting, pond gardening, sub-tropical gardening, and keeping native stingless bees, and a forum on the problems of plastics in the environment.
The festival is only made possible by the support of our sponsors: the Brisbane City Council (major supporter), Brisbane MarketPlace, Lend Lease, Ipswich City Council, 7 News Brisbane, Bmag and 4ZZZ.
We look forward to bringing you another action-packed festival program in 2018. Until then, get out and about and enjoy all that our local environment has to offer – from the Peaksto the Points!