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Animal carnival to hit Dubbo

THE colourful characters of Bidgee Bob the yabby and Ray the water rat made their debut yesterday hinting to what will be in store for community members that attend the Dubbo Festival Carnival of Animals Parade.
Nanjing Night Net

The RiverSmart mascots were accompanied by a Chinese lion from the AKC Taekwondo Club for a test run yesterday morning.

A $2000 grant from the Catchment Management Authority went into the construction of the Bidgee Bob and Ray costumes, Macquarie RiverSmart facilitator Shona Whitfield said.

“It is bringing art and environment together,” she said.

Basement Studio owner Brigid Palin was approached by RiverSmart to organise the project.

“We had a sculptor sourced through the Basement Studio to make the framework,” she said.

“He worked on that a few weeks prior to the community involvement.”

The RiverSmart characters, made from 90 per cent recycled material, are just two of twelve created by Gary Clark of Swamp cartoon strip fame.

“They are all river characters and we use them to deliver messages of RiverSmart,” Ms Whitfield said.

“They help teach people how important rivers are and the fact we all have an impact on them.”

More than 40 children and their parents who attended DREAM Senses on Saturday helped decorate the costumes during a workshop.

Finishing touches were made on Sunday in the Basement Studio.

“It was a lot of fun to make these,” Mrs Palin said.

“It had a nice communityfeel.”

Many community groups including schools, sporting clubs and the zoo will join the RiverSmart characters and Chinese lion in the parade, which starts at 10am on September 30 in the Dubbo CBD

Shona Whitfield from RiverSmart and Dubbo Festival manager Paige Williams in front of Tony Croxon in the AKC Taekwondo Club Chinese lion costume, Karen Hagan and Shane Smith as Bigee Bob the yabby and Brigid Palin as Ray the water rat. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

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