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Love the Lesch fest set to celebrate natural and cultural value of WA’s iconic Leschenault Estuary

Craig DuncanHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Love the Lesch festival is coming to the South West hosted by the Leschenault Catchment Council.
Camera IconLove the Lesch festival is coming to the South West hosted by the Leschenault Catchment Council. Credit: Leschenault Catchment Council/Supplied

The unique bird life, gorgeous sunsets and abundant cultural history are just a few of the things that make the Leschenault Estuary special.

To recognise the importance of this unique location, the Leschenault Catchment Council is hosting the inaugural Love the Lesch community festival on May 19 from 10am to 3pm at Ridley place Foreshore Park in Australind.

It is set to be a fun-filled day with educational workshops and cultural experiences.

Leschenault Catchment Council biodiversity program manager Katrina Zeehandelaar-Adams said the group was excited to announce the event to highlight the efforts of organisations dedicated to the estuary’s protection.

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“The program is coordinating many stakeholders in a strategic, collaborative initiative to address nutrient pollution, behavioural change and ultimately prevent further degradation in the estuary,” she said.

“(That is) along with community education programs, citizen science opportunities, monitoring and restoration activities.”

The free festival will host interactive workshops and presentations, from cultural walks exploring Boodja, guided estuary bird tours to water wise gardening to help manage the drying climate.

Dean Arthurell from Carnaby’s Crusaders will be hosting a presentation on threatened black cockatoos .
Camera IconDean Arthurell from Carnaby’s Crusaders will be hosting a presentation on threatened black cockatoos . Credit: Leschenault Catchments Council

All workshops are free, but have limited spaces so registration is essential.

Beyond the nature walks and information from organisations, a series of food trucks, art activities and live music will be at the foreshore.

Attendees might even catch a glimpse of Dudley Dolphin and Western the Ringtail who are rumoured to be making guest appearances on the day.

To register for workshops, visit www.leschenaultcc.org.au/lovethelesch.

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