Dive in for family fun at nautical fest
There is a lot to be learnt about our coastal town and its beautiful but dangerous ocean at the Albany Family Nautical Festival tomorrow.
The Department of Transport is hosting the first nautical festival to teach water users all the things they need to know in one day.
Department of Transport regional southern director Sue Lannin said the festival was a great opportunity for the whole family to learn about how to stay safe when enjoying the water.
“We are lucky in the Great Southern to have access to some amazing beaches, lakes and rivers, which all have different conditions and requirements that everyone needs to be aware of, to keep safe while out on the water,” she said.
“The Department of Transport is always looking for new opportunities to engage with and educate the local community on how to be safe on the water.
“The festival brings together a range of government agencies and volunteer groups in one family-friendly location for Albany residents and visitors to access the latest information and expertise.” The day will include the Old4New lifejacket program, in which old or damaged lifejackets can be replaced with a new one for $65 or a voucher for use at a local retail outlet to buy a new one.
Free twilight sailing on the harbour, lessons on how to use flares, activities for children, food vans and boat displays are some of the other festival highlights.
The Department of Transport, Southern Ports, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries will be represented.
The festival will be at the Boat Shed, Albany Waterfront Marina from 4pm tomorrow.
Department of Transport's Vanessa Askevold, Jenna Honey-Smith and Jasmin Watkins are looking forward to the Albany Family Nautical Festival at the Albany Waterfront Marina tomorrow.