The sun shines on Geraldton’s coast

Why did all the stormy weather disappear? It must have been because Geraldton’s Sunshine Festival was on once again!

Festival goers learning about beachcombing with Coastal and Marine Project Officer Vanessa McGuiness at the NACC Coastal Community Trailer
Festival goers learning about beachcombing with Coastal and Marine Project Officer Vanessa McGuiness at the NACC Coastal Community Trailer

Taking centre stage – smack bang in the centre of the 2017 Sunshine Festival grounds – was NACC’s Coastal Community Trailer, which intrigued passers-by who stopped-in to check-out the exciting displays and learn more about events and activities happening along our coastline.

More than 150 people called-in for a chat with NACC Coastal and Marine Program Co-ordinator Mic Payne and Project Officer Vanessa McGuiness.

One of the most exciting displays generating plenty of attention on the day was NACC’s miniature erosion model, although the beachcombing artefacts were also very popular. Many festival-goers took the time to learn about NACC’s Beachcombing App – which they then downloaded before heading to their favourite beach to begin exploring.

Also attending the Sunshine Festival was NACC GIS and Sustainability Co-ordinator Emma Jackson who spent a lot of the time talking to festival visitors about how we can get more  recycling happening in Geraldton. The NACC stall also supported Boomerang Bags Geraldton and their bid to spread the word about how to reduce plastic.

Vanessa said it was a brilliant day.

“Every year we have such a great turn-out of people from our region and beyond,’ she said. “And they are always stunned by the amazing things we put on display that we find on our beaches.

“The questions that follow are always fantastic.”

Don’t forget

This Sunday – 8 October – is the GERALDTON BIG BEACH CLEAN UP. Registrations begin at 9:30am at the east end of the Geraldton Town Foreshore.  Join the action, and follow the hashtag #GeroBeachClean17 on Twitter to find-out more about the event.

For more information, please contact Vanessa McGuiness on Vanessa.McGuiness@nacc.com.au or  9938 0108.

NACC’s Coastal & Marine projects are made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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