Tor­toise book launched

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

WESTY the Western Swamp Tor­toise has come to life, with the chil­dren’s book launched at the Ellenbrook Li­brary last week.

The book, writ­ten by Friends of the Western Swamp Tor­toise (FWST) com­mit­tee mem­ber Cathy Levett, helps to ed­u­cate chil­dren on the crit­i­cally en­dan­gered an­i­mal.

The book was launched by En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son and Swan Hills MP Jes­sica Shaw.

Ms Shaw said: “This book is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant as there are less than 50 adult western swamp tor­toises es­ti­mated in the wild,” she said.

“We are very lucky to have them in our back­yard at both Ellen Brook and Twin Swamps

Na­ture Re­serves. Cathy has writ­ten an amaz­ing book, high­light­ing the plight of the tor­toise.”

Ms Levett said she was proud to see the book avail­able.

“Mak­ing sure that the text and pic­tures work to­gether to tell an ac­cu­rate story has been a chal­lenge and I am proud and re­lieved that the book is fi­nally avail­able,” she said.

“I hope chil­dren will love it. Rais­ing aware­ness about these unique wildlife is a life­long pas­sion of mine and I am so pleased with how the book has been re­ceived.”

FWST chair Jan Bant said the book would be a bright, colour­ful and en­gag­ing tool to ed­u­cate chil­dren about the rep­tile.

“We are proud that it is one of only a hand­ful of books by a WA au­thor about an iconic WA an­i­mal, to­tally pub­lished and printed in WA,” she said.

The book can be pur­chased from www.west­ern­swamtor­

MLA Jes­sica Shaw, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son and au­thor Cathy Levett at the launch of Westy the Western Swamp Tor­toise.

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