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Nature lovers chance to take a stand


An exciting and important event is coming to Moora 5-9 September at the Moora Performing Arts Centre. The Last Stand is a community information event to raise awareness of the wonders and woes of the Midwest wheatbelt country between Calingiri and Carnamah. The Midwest natural environment is uniquely wondrous and a drawcard for eco-tourists, but its future is threatened. The Wheatbelt Eucalypt Woodlands are now classed as ‘critically endangered’ because of continued clearing and fragmentation of this ecological community. The perception that the wheatbelt remnant environment will be ok is far from true. Shire remaining remnant vegetation figures are Moora 14%, Dalwallinu 12%, Victoria Plains 14%, Wongan 5% and all in decline.
The Last Stand is a free to attend community information event and will feature a symposium on the 5 featuring an array of speakers including Carmen Lawrence (President Conservation Council and former Premier), Eddy Wajon (Wildflower Society and Roadside Conservation Committee), Malcolm French (Wheatbelt Eucalypts), Tony Hughes-D’Aeth (Literary History of Wheatbelt), Paul Barber (Rail reserve vegetation condition), and Declan Doherty (Environmental Defender Office). Throughout the week the exhibition will include displays of nature art, photography, information about the value of the natural environment, case studies, hands-on displays including Spineless Wonders, local aboriginal displays and information, films, poetry (morning of 8 with local poet John Kinsella and friends), free native seedlings and more.
So if you’re a nature lover, or just curious to find out more about the WA natural environment around you, then please come along. The symposium is held on the 5th, then the exhibition opens daily 10-5pm 6th to 8th, and 10-2pm 9th September. For more information please contact the Moore Catchment Council on 9653 1355 or moorecc@bigpond.com or see website for details and registration for symposium.