Celebrating 100 years Of Sea Acres

Celebrating 100 years Of Sea Acres

Celebrate 100 years of Port Macquarie’s coastal rainforest conservation from the 6th – 8th September 2013 in Sea Acres National Park at Port Macquarie. Port Macquarie MP, Leslie Williams will launch the three day program of activities on offer at the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre by attending one of the bush-tucker tours on Friday.

Mrs Williams said, “This September marks 100 years since the large tract of rare coastal rainforest located just 4km from the CBD was first conserved as the ‘Shelly Beach Flora Reserve’.

“The original flora reserve has undergone a number of changes over the past century including being declared as part of Sea Acres National Park in 2011 and has always remained an important part of the fabric of Port Macquarie.”

Acting Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Manager, Natalie Talbot said, “Sea Acres demonstrates a wonderful evolution from the early days of protecting Port Macquarie’s rainforest treasure from clearing and urban expansion, to today, as a living example for people to enjoy the peaceful and dynamic forest, and discover more about our local environment and heritage.”

Mrs Williams said, “The Government is committed to improved utilisation of our public assets through increased visitation and Sea Acres is a great example of this occurring.

“This includes the recent establishment of the Spirit of the Land exhibition which has been an exciting addition to the rainforest centre, providing visitors the opportunity to understand and appreciate the Birpai Aboriginal connection to the local landscape of Sea Acres,” Mrs Williams said.

Ms Talbot added that another popular attraction for visitors to the Centre is the 1.3km elevated boardwalk which meanders through the rainforest and gives people the chance to safely explore the rainforest in their own time, or join a guided rainforest or bush-tucker tour.

The three day celebrations aim to reconnect everyone with Port Macquarie’s rainforest. This includes free entry to the rainforest centre across the three days, a photographic exhibition of Port Macquarie’s past and present, native plant propagation, wildlife presentations, night walks, and the ever popular Yoga in the Rainforest.

For the full program contact Seas Acres Rainforest Centre on 6582 3355 or email seaacres@environment.nsw.gov.au

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