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Wild Stories from the west

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50 Quay Boulevard

Werribee South, VIC 3030

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An al fresco evening of pizza, nature, music and storytelling on the harbour as the sun sets across our incredible Port Phillip Bay.

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Dive into the life of western Port Phillip Bay and its surrounding coastline and waterways. Learn about the birds that migrate tens of thousands of kilometres each year to spend summer with us, the carbon-trapping qualities of coastal wetlands, and the magic to be discovered within the waterways of the west.

Storytellers include (in alphabetical order):

Paul Carnell from Blue Carbon Lab

Ben Cleveland from OzFish

John Forrester the Werribee Riverkeeper, from the Werribee River Association

The Orbweavers

William Steele from Melbourne Water

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The Orbweavers. Walking West.

The Orbweavers are multidisciplinary artists interested in place, history and memory. In this presentation they will discuss places that are important to them, the practice of psychogeography and how it influences their songwriting practice.

John Forrester, Werribee Riverkeeper, Werribee River Association. Platypus in Port Phillip Bay?

Platypus in Port Phillip Bay? Not so far-fetched as you might think, if you look at changes we know have taken place. Learn about where platypus would have once lived around Melbourne, and what's happening to its habitat now. Hear about an embarrassing moment for the speaker, and some modern day ways we are finding out more about platypus.

Dr Paul Carnell, Blue Carbon Lab, Deakin University. Mapping Ocean Wealth: The value of coastal wetlands to people and nature

Ecosystems that fringe our coastlines – saltmarshes, mangrove forests and seagrass meadows – provide a bounty of benefits for Australians. These often-neglected ecosystems support livelihoods, provide a wonderland for recreation and enable mitigation and adaptation to the perils of a changing coastline. Come and here the results of a recently released report on the value of these coastal wetlands in south-eastern Australia, and how this information can be used to drive the case for their protection and restoration.

William Steele, Melbourne Water: The Werribee Sewage Farm: A Modern Eden

The Western Treatment Plan (more familiarly known as the “Werribee Sewage Farm”) is a major sewage treatment facility, a recycling centre, a large agricultural enterprise – and a significant site for nature conservation. This large property, sitting on Melbourne’s doorstep, is a unique example of industry and agriculture not only co-existing with natural values but actively complementing nature conservation in some areas. While there are some tensions between nature conservation and other activities, The Farm – operating as a major facility for 120 years – still supports enormous natural values; ranging from internationally significant populations of migratory birds to many listed species and communities, and was included in a Ramsar wetland in 1982.

Ben Cleveland, OzFish: Rec Fishers, Reef and Restoration: Angler Science and Community Stewardship

With an estimated more than three million Australians going fishing each year and approximately twenty-three million fishing trips undertaken, as a recreational past-time, fishing is ingrained in Australian culture. And with 85 % of the population living within 50km of our coastline, fishing activity is concentrated in the coastal and estuarine waters where many of our lost shellfish reefs once flourished. As a provider of fish habitat, shellfish reefs play a critical role, which has been recognized by the fishing community. As primary beneficiaries of habitat restoration efforts, recreational fishers are taking action to change the fate of shellfish reefs in their local estuaries. Restoration projects provide a fantastic opportunity for Australian fishers to act as “angler scientists”. Not only are they actively benefitting their local aquatic environments, but also developing environmental stewardship and education in the broader fishing community while assisting restoration practitioners and scientists for successful restoration outcomes.

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