A recent clean-up of Avoca Lake produced a lot less rubbish than expected. Let's hope this is a trend! Thanks to all who attended.
On 22nd September, Linda, Janice and Colleen from the OCCI-Central Coast Arm put on a skit called 'The rock pool walk' at the CWA Northumberland Group Cultural Day. The theme for the day was 'Magic, Mystery and Marine' so we thought it would be a good chance to advertise our rock pool walks for the coming school holidays, since they cover all those things.
It went over well but imagine our surprise when we won a prize! Best monologue for the day.
Fund-raising is the life blood of environmental groups. OCCI-Port Stephens has conducted 2 raffles over recent months. Here are the winners!
June and David from Corlette won an overnight stay + meals at the Mercure Resort, Hunter Valley Gardens. Margaret from Raymond Terrace won a trip on a whale watching cruise from Imagine Cruises, Nelson Bay.
Many thanks to our supporters for making it all possible.
OCCI-Port Stephens were recently invited to give a talk on marine debris to the 3 - 5 year olds at Maitland Community Pre-School. The children were so well informed! Well done to their teacher, Mrs Compton, for doing such a great job of instilling environmental responsibility in her students. Keith and Jeannie had a lot of fun giving the presentation.
OCCI-Central Coast found some wonderful wildlife in the seagrasses at Bensville during the 2017 July school holidays.
Over 140 people enjoyed looking at life in the Central Coast rock pools.
Watch out for our next walks in the July school holidays or book a private function!
OCCI-CC has made 2 visits to local pre-schools this term. We had great fun talking about the rock pool creatures, sorting some shells, playing ‘sea shell’ concentration, then looking at lots of things on the touch table.
Avoca Lagoon clean up. 35 volunteers, 156 kg rubbish! Thanks every one. Thanks to Aqua fun for the use of kayaks and paddle boats. Port Stephens OCCI had 18 people as well and LMN had a successful day in partnership with CHUG doing a great job on top and underneath the water! Great to see so many community minded people. Go OCCI!
This years walks got off to a great start at Terrigal Haven on Fri, 8th Jan.
The sky was blue as 35 people explored this lovely area together.
We rescued this cute little octopus who was trapped on a sand bank as his shallow pool ran out of water. After a quick photo shoot we returned him to the ocean and watched him gracefully glide away.
The decorator crabs were a big draw too as they moved along taking the seaweed with them!
We have 3 more walks on 22, 23 and 24th.
Make an appointment to join us on 0450990995
The OCCI Executive Commitee had the AGM on the 21st November at Toukley and the new commitee members are as follows
President- Ainsley Reeder (PS) Vice President- Gina Mascord (LMN) Secretary- Roger Reeder (PS) Treasurer- Janet White (LMN) Commitee Members- Jackie Gillespie (LMN), Linda Roberts (CC), Eloise Chandler (CC)
Thank you to Gina who is stepping down as President after three years of service. She will continue on as Vice President, keeping her very busy.
Thank you to Linda who presented a rockpool talk and to Janice for putting on a lovely lunch. Thanks to all that attended and I'm sure we are all looking forward to another active year of OCCI.