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River Guardians Festival

April 20 @ 6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join ABC presenters and Perth’s leading advocates of urban biodiversity at the inaugural River Guardians Festival held on the banks of Derbarl Yerrigan, South Perth.

Featuring the ABC Radio Perth Breakfast Show hosted LIVE by Amber Cunningham, and Gardening Australia’s Josh Byrne talking on ‘RiverWise gardening’, this FREE event will provide the information needed to help support the health of Perth’s iconic Swan Canning Riverpark.

Stall holders will host citizen science and kids river ranger activities, including interactions with reptiles and marsupials, crafts with the Dolphin Watch and Water Faeries crew, as well workshops on habitat creation and wildlife photography.

This educational and family fun biodiversity event is not to be missed.


0600-0900        ABC Radio Perth Breakfast Show with Amber Cunningham

0800-1000         Workshops including:

  • Habitat homes – Mandy Bamford Ecology
  • Biodiversity drawings – Open Hands Creative
  • Walk and Talk- Bird Photography (reserve your spot here)
  • Walk and Talk- Turtle Tracking

0900-1000         Roots and Shoots with Amber Cunningham and Gardening Australia’s Josh Byrne

0900-1000         Biodiversity Drawing with Open Hands Creative (reserve your spot here)

1000-1040         Presentation – Our Gardens with Josh Byrne – Riverwise gardens presentation

1000-1200         River activities including:

  • Dolphin photography
  • Turtle tracking
  • Water Faeries crafts
  • River Guardians Dolphin Watch activities
  • Wetland art

1040 – 1100       Presentation – Dolphin Watch – Dr Delphine Chabanne and Dr Chandra Salgado-Kent

1100 – 1140        Panel – Urban biodiversity experts:

  • Dr Kerry Trayler – Principal Scientist, Rivers and Estuaries Science, DBCA
  • Sue McDougall – Director, WA Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA)
  • Josh Byrne – Environmental Scientist and TV Presenter, ABC Gardening Australia
  • Jason Menzies – Senior Officer, Behaviour Change and Public Participation, DBCA

1140 – 1200       Audience Q&A

Stall holders

  • River Guardians
  • Plastic Free Riverpark
  • Millenium Kids
  • Keep Australia Beautiful – WA
  • Perth NRM Re-Wild
  • Western Australian Seabird Rescue
  • Eco fairies (activities marquee)
  • Art workshop-open hands creative
  • West Oz Wildlife
  • Bottletop Hill
  • Birdlife WA
  • Wildlife Advocacy South Perth
  • The Crazy Bushman


April 20
6:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Sir James Mitchell Park Playground
Douglas Avenue
South Perth, WA 6151 Australia
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