Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d468172ê

Parks man­ager Ju­lia Cog­gins, Danni Reindl with her daugh­ter Lexi and se­nior ranger Mark Var­ley.­mu­ni­

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