Blown away by the Indian Ocean Festival

Howling winds didn’t stop the flocks of people in Jurien Bay from enjoying the Indian Ocean Festival last Saturday.

The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council’s (NACC) Coastal & Marine team invited more than 100 festival goers to “get to know their ocean” through showcasing the amazing work already being done to preserve our beautiful region.

NACC’s Coastal Community Trailer was on hand with its treaure of exhibits, including a gigantic ball of marine debris rope that had recently been collected from local beaches. The Marine Debris Art Workshop in Geraldton was behind the design of this artsy initiative, transforming rubbish into a masterpiece.

During the day’s events people approached NACC’s Coastal & Marine Project Officers Vanessa McGuiness and Hamish Longbottom, and Natural Resource Management Officer, Roger Walker, all helped to answer questions big and small about sea and land stewardship – especially coastal- in the Northern Agricultural Region.

“The event was a great opportunity for NACC to inform locals and visitors about the work we are doing with communities in the region,” said Hamish. “It was great to meet so many people that were interesting in caring for our natural environment.”

img_1886NACC’s free Beachcomber App gained a lot of interest from the public and many downloaded it on the spot to identify what they are seeing being washed up on their local beaches.

Vanessa McGuiness said: “The coastal erosion simulation display, beachcomber ‘artefacts’, and scouring for critters through beach wrack was a massive hit with the young ones.”

“We look forward to next year’s Indian Ocean Festival with more interactive displays for the community to enjoy,” she said.

For more information on NACC’s Coastal & Marine Program, please contact Vanessa McGuiness at or 08 9938 0108.

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