Cardwell Event – Creatures of the Night

June 5, 2018

They call it ‘Cow Poo Lotto’ or ‘Dumping for Dollars’ – and it is catching on around Australia.

A novel fundraising idea will see two cows steal the limelight in Cardwell this month in a ‘goose that lays the golden egg’ kind of moment for the bovine world.

All eyes will be on the back-end of a pair of Santa Gertrudis yearlings once they are led onto a town tennis court, released and left to roam, rest and at some stage ‘do their business’.

“We are selling 120 tickets for squares of land on the court – the winning squares will be wherever the cow patties land!” organiser Jacqui Richards from Terrain NRM said.

“It’s a bit of fun for a good cause and it has been great to see the support from local businesses.”

The natural resource management organisation is holding a “Creatures of the Night” event on Saturday 23 June, with Cow Poo Lotto as well as kids activities, an outdoor screening of short film ‘What it Feels Like to See Earth from Space’, a sausage sizzle and wildlife spotlighting tour.

The event is raising ‘moo-la’ for Wildlife Queensland (WQ) and is being organised by Terrain NRM with support from WQ, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, the Cardwell Lions Club and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Kennedy Valley grazier David Bridgeman is bringing two of his cows along for the curtain raiser.

“I laughed at the idea initially,’’ he said of cow poo lotto. “I’m bringing two yearlings that are pretty used to people.

They’re being trained up for shows by two school students, Casey and Matilda Gruber, and are regularly led around.”

The actions starts at 4.30pm and will continue until 9.30pm on Saturday 23 June. Cow poo lotto tickets can be bought at Cardwell businesses.

The event follows a successful “Grazing for Gliders’ program in the region where landholders worked with Terrain NRM and grazing specialists to improve grazing practices and on-farm soil health, install wildlife-friendly fencing and plant trees in a win-win for farming businesses and endangered mahogany gliders.

“This event ties in nicely with the program, with its focus on cattle and wildlife,’’ Ms Richards said. “Mahogany gliders and cattle are actually very compatible, as they both rely on open grassy woodlands.”