Dive in for fam­ily fun at nau­ti­cal fest

Albany Advertiser - - LEEUWIN VISIT - Shan­non Smith

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.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

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.

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