Manly Ocean Care Day 2015

Big crowds and beautiful weather made the 22nd Manly Ocean Care Day the best festival yet. 

The fun started with marching band Bateria61 leading a marine parade of aquatic creatures, onlookers and Manly's own Plastic Princess. 

There was a Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony before diver and marine campaigner John Turnbull gave the keynote speech - why Sydney needs a Marine Park. 

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There were dozens of great stalls, with the prize for Best Presented going to Two Hands Project. They won a fabulous trip on Sydney Harbour, generously donated by Eco Boats - the self-guided electric hire boat company. 

Stalls pictured include the National Parks Association, Friends of Cabbage Tree Bay, the MEC tent and Two Hands Project and their "plastic princess", with a dress made from thrown-away plastic bags. 

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And it wasn't just stalls.  A stunning wooden whale sculpture by Michael Greves rested in pride of place at the entrance to the festival. And on the beach behind, a beautiful seahorse and turtle gradually took shape in the sand. 

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We had a huge program of music, talks and art.


Pictured L to R, and top to bottom: Abuka duo, Brendan Donohoe from Northern Beaches Surfrider Foundation, Taj Ralph, Sharnie Connell from No Shark Cull, Trent Williams, Fernando, artist Renata Bruynzeel with Manly’s Plastic Princess, artists Midori Furze and Tanya Murphy, music tent with bean bags, children working on Tanya’s marine masterpiece, Gemma Plesman from Sea Shepherd.

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