World celebrations for Wetlands

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Residents of Hobsons Bay are invited to join us in celebrating World Wetlands Day 2021 at Truganina Explosives Reserve on Saturday 6 February, to shine light on the vital role our wetlands play for our people and biome.

Included in the free festivities at this COVIDSafe event are: a talk from Deakin Uni’s Blue Carbon Lab; guided walks around Hobsons Bay’s wetlands; a sausage sizzle; a guitar performance by Ted Smith; storytime with local author, Claire Saxby; and plenty of hands-on activities for children and people of all ages! Attendees can also participate in a raffle to win a fabulous and original piece of artwork from our very own local artist, Rob Mancini, or a breakfast for two at Birdcage Cafe, Altona. All funds raised will support the Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre in its aim to connect people with nature.

World Wetlands Day is particularly important to the Hobsons Bay region as it supports a diverse array of ecosystems that include significant marine areas, coastal parks and wetlands such as the Ramsar listed Cheetham Wetlands. As well as our wonderful wetland areas, we are lucky enough to enjoy five Hobsons Bay waterways including Skeleton Creek, Laverton Creek, Cherry Creek, Kororoit Creek and Stony Creek.

In addition to the celebrations, Council is also seeking funding support of approximately $10 million for a modern, sustainability-focussed Wetlands Centre in Hobsons Bay, with the aim to increase community education and participation in the preservation of the local environment.

World Wetlands Day 2021 community celebration

Saturday 6 February, 11am to 3pm

Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre @ Truganina Explosives Reserve, 274 Queen Street, Altona

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