Giving visitors a chance to learn about region

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Andy Russell at Windy Harbour ready to help host this year’s Toast to the Coast event.
Camera IconAndy Russell at Windy Harbour ready to help host this year’s Toast to the Coast event. Credit: Holly Thompson

Visitors to Windy Harbour had the opportunity to learn more about the area they were staying in last week, through an event organised by Southern Forest Community Landcare called Toast to the Coast.

The event started at 9am when the group set out to explore the rock pools and pick up any rubbish they could find on the beach.

This was followed by a coastal vegetation walk and talk at 11am.

Southern Forests Community Landcare project officer Andy Russell organised the event and said it was a great way to teach visitors more about where they were staying and raise environmental awareness.

“We are checking out rock pools with young kids, families and volunteers so we can all see what lives on this part of the coastline,” he said.

“We do coastal rubbish pick-up’s once or twice per year but we do this in depth look at rock pools and coastal walks way less.”

He said this event had been less about counting the amount of rubbish collected and more about education and the rubbish collection was more an extra thing to do this time around.

“We would like to host this event more often if we can, but it all depends on interest we get from visitors to the area,” he said.

“The last time we held this event was actually eight years ago and then we had one two years before that, so it really does vary.”

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