Inspiring passion for creek event aim

Valley Project  executive member Steve Tripp is looking forward to Creekfest on March 20. Photo...
Valley Project executive member Steve Tripp is looking forward to Creekfest on March 20. Photo by Greta Yeoman.
Learning to love Lindsay Creek is the focus of an upcoming event organised by the Valley Project.

"Creekfest - Love the Lindsay'' aims to educate Northeast Valley residents and the wider Dunedin community to take an interest in and care for Lindsay Creek, Valley Project project executive member Steve Tripp said.

Dr Tripp said the event, on March 20, would begin with a "discovery walk'' along the creek before reaching Chingford Park, where there would a range of activities, including live music, storytelling, a scavenger hunt and a sausage sizzle.

He said the storytelling would include stories about the creek and its history, from the days when it was used as a run-off location from all the factories and other industries in the valley until present day.

"It's quite [a] fascinating history of the valley.''

Dr Tripp said everyone who attended would go into the draw to win a family pass to Orokonui Ecosanctuary and there was also a creek photo competition people could enter before the event by emailing the Valley Project or visiting its office on North Rd.

He hoped the event would be the first step in a long-term project to get NEV residents to take ownership of the creek.

"[We are] trying to encourage a passion for the creek.''



• Begins at midday, Sunday, March 20.

• End of Pentland St, where those taking part in the discovery walk can walk along the Lindsay.

• Live music - Tahu and the Takahes, Valley Bluegrass and Tiny Pieces of 8 - and other activities begin at Chingford Park at 1pm.



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