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Chris Gibbs and Blair Darvill

Aquatic critter examination and rescues of imitation dolphins from marine debris will be features of an environmental awareness day at Hamelin Bay this month.

The South West Catchments Council is running an activity program to promote greater understanding of coastal environments, on January 12.

SWCC coastal facilitator Chris Gibbs said the event was designed to entertain and educate young and old.

“We hope people walk away having enjoyed themselves and with an appreciation of their surrounds and knowing how they can contribute to caring for the environment,” he said.

The activities provide an opportunity to view displays, and meet passionate and enthusiastic experts who are on hand to answer questions on a range of environmental issues.

A new feature this year is the traditional bush tucker and toolmaking workshop run by Zac Webb from the Wardandi people, the traditional custodians of the land from Capel to Augusta.

Adding a splash of colour will be Blair “Dune Dude” Darvill who will be in full character as he wows participants.

“We’ve run these programs in the past and they’ve been a big hit with both the children and their parents,” he said.

“The activities aren’t just educational, they’re also fun and interactive so people can get hands-on and enjoy themselves as they learn.”

The day runs from 10am to 2pm at Hamelin Bay campground.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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