CUBBY TOWN YANCHEP:
THOUSANDS of children and parents will visit Yanchep National Park this month to take part in WA’s first Cubby Town event.
Run by Nature Play WA, the free event on April 30 will see children build a town full of cubby houses for the first time in WA.
Organisers hope it will become a regular event.
Events manager Nicole McNamara said about 3000 people had registered by midApril and the numbers continued to rise.
“As the event is being held in a large open space, we do not have a capacity set,” she said.
“We do hope to have a few thousand people throughout the day.
“Cubby Town is designed to introduce children and families to the simple joy of play in the outdoors and to encourage them to spend more time in nature together.
“Children who play in natural settings are more resistant to stress, have lower incidence of behavioural disorders, anxiety and depression, and have a higher measure of self-worth.
“Children who play in natural settings play in more diverse, imaginative and cre-
ative ways and show improved language and collaboration skills.”
Miss McNamara said the Nature Play team chose Yanchep to host the first Cubby Town because it “holds a special place in a lot of our hearts”.
“Many parents would have wonderful memories of visiting Yanchep when they were kids,” she said.
Park manager Julia Coggins said the responsibility of looking after WA’s natural environment was easier to achieve through partnerships with organisations such as Nature Play WA and the City of Wanneroo.
“It’s also a fantastic way to nurture future generations of passionate custodians,” she said.
The Wanneroo council agreed to donate almost $5700 for Nature Play WA to hold the event, which is also supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation.
Parks manager Julia Coggins, Danni Reindl with her daughter Lexi and senior ranger Mark Varley. www.communitypix.com.au