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Putting waterways in the picture

Locals have a chance to win a houseboat getaway on the Murray River just by getting out and enjoying their local waterways.

Putting waterways in the picture

Mulcra Island

The Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA), in partnership with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries is running an Instagram competition to encourage people to enjoy their unique and diverse and waterways.

“With a $1000 houseboat experience as the prize, it’s not surprising that the competition has attracted over 200 entries so far, and with just a few days to go, we are hoping more people will take up the opportunity,” Mallee CMA Chairperson Sharyon Peart said. 

Images that have been entered so far range from people boating on the river, kayaking through National Parks, exploring the wildlife of local wetlands and lots of fishing shots.

“Whether it’s boating, fishing, swimming, water sports or just enjoying the natural environment, our local region has an abundance of waterways to explore and enjoy,” Ms Peart said.

Some catchment favourites in the Mallee region are, Kings Billabong,Tyrrell Creek, Lalbert Creek, Lindsay and Mulcra Islands, Hattah-Kulkyne National Park and, of course, the Murray River.

The competition, which closes end of January, is part of the ‘Love Our Waterways’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness about our waterways and encourage the community to get involved in keeping them healthy.

The Mallee CMA has a range of ways you can get involved with improving the health of our waterways.

“From being a part of the development of our regional waterway strategy to joining a community group for monitoring activities, we value and encourage local knowledge and input,” Ms Peart said.

To enter the competition simply take a picture of yourself enjoying a river, estuary or wetland in Victoria, and upload your picture to Instagram. Don’t forget to add @depivictoria and #lovewaterways in the caption.

The competition closes on January 31 2014, so get snapping over the summer for your chance to win.

For more information and competition terms, conditions and privacy requirements please see www.depi.vic.gov.au/lovewaterways

For more information on getting involved with Mallee CMA activities visit www.malleecma.vic.gov.au.

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