Wildlife comes to life in puppet show

Parents and little ones are invited to meet native wildlife including a fluffy echidna and a cute glider possum when they come to life in two free puppet shows at the Lismore Visitor Information Centre next week.

Environmental educator and puppeteer Peter Harris was inspired to create his native animal puppets by the wildlife that lives on his rugged mountain property Secret Gully in the granite country near Tenterfield.

A former musician and teacher, Peter decided to go bush many years ago and began writing stories about the wildlife he encountered in his travels. His puppets are available at tourist centres across Australia and his narrations are often heard on ABC Radio’s Australia All Over program.

Council’s tourism support officer Lisa Audus said the free puppet show is a fantastic way to entertain young children these school holidays.

“Peter is passionate about the environment and takes great pleasure in using these beautiful puppets to share gentle stories and fun songs with young kids about our native fauna and their habitats,” she said. “The Lismore Visitor Information Centre is located right next door to Heritage Park so it’s the perfect venue to bring kids for Peter’s fabulous puppet show, followed by a play, a picnic or a train ride in the park next door.”

Peter Harris will present his delightful stories and songs next Tuesday, January 12, at the Lismore Visitor Information Centre at 10am and 11.30am. The suggested age group is preschool to lower primary and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information contact the Lismore Visitor Information Centre on 6626 0100 or visit www.secretgully.

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