Whale stories splash into Narrawong
WHALES have long been part of the history of Narrawong and Portland Bay, and these stories will be shared with a special afternoon of talks and art-making for children at the Narrawong Hall this Sunday.
Presented as part of the Narrawong Kang-o-meerteek Small Town Transformation, the afternoon will feature guest talks from three south-west Victorian locals who have intimate knowledge of Portland Bay’s most majestic visitors – the whales.
Mandy Watson, natural environment programs officer with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, will reflect on her 23 years’ experience in research and conservation of southern right whales.
“In recent years, citizen scientists have started contributing significant numbers of images and sightings to the research program,” Ms Watson said.
“In Narrawong, southern right whales seem to be making a real comeback from commercial whaling with resident calf-cow pairs recorded there in 2016 and 2018.”
Curator of exhibitions and outreach at Warrnambool Art Gallery Ren Gregoric will discuss his specialist knowledge of environmentally sustainable whale bone preparation.
Dr Peter Gill, leader of the Blue Whale Study, Australia’s longest running blue whale research program, will also join the discussion.
In the lead up to the opening of two major artworks in October, Kang-o-meerteek will also curate a roadside photographic installation, Remembering Narrawong, featuring historic photographs of Narrawong and surrounds.
Sunday’s free event will run from 1.30pm-4pm at the Narrawong Mechanics Institute Hall, on Princes Highway, Narrawong.
For more information, visit kangomeerteek.com.au.