Sunshine, Mess and Mud at Wear Ya Wellies!

Published: Friday, 7 June 2019 at 4:06:26 PM

Around 7,500 people made their way to Bindoon on Sunday 26 May to immerse themselves in a day full of muddy, messy, slippery, sensory challenging, outdoor unstructured play.

Kids, and kids at heart, had the chance to tackle the Muchea Plumbing and Gas mini obstacle course, wallow in the mud pits, build tepees from sticks and branches, mould clay, play mud soccer, get messy with sand and water, hold a snake, pat a kangaroo, feed a farm animal, cuddle an alpaca and SO MUCH MORE.  There were market stalls, heaps of kid’s activities and a chance to just play and make memories.  

Shire President, Gordon Houston was extremely pleased to see that the huge marquee which housed market stalls and activities created such a great new addition to the event.  The new more open layout included keeping the outdoor markets and animals, music, and train rides, amongst others. 

Thanks to sponsorship from Chittering Landcare, attendees got to learn more about traditional foods through a Bush Kitchen Demonstration by Marissa from Bindi Bindi Dreaming.   Plus Rose and Izzy from SDERA, and Cliff from WALGA Roadwise, were on hand to teach children about staying safe on the roads.  

Visitors embraced the pure fun, with many returning every year for the event, and travelling hours to enjoy the day.  Leah Noack a regular to the event said “Thank you for another great year Wear Ya Wellies!” and Tanya Hay  let us know “We had the best time. Thank you and we can't wait for 2020. This was our 1st time at this event and we drove 1hr to get there and had the most amazing fun time. AMAZING”.

Wear Ya Wellies is a celebration of nature, but more than that, it is a recognition that play, particularly unstructured play in an outdoor environment, is essential to the physical, social and cognitive development of children….and it’s just plain fun!  

This FREE annual event would not be possible without support from Lotterywest, Chittering Landcare, Muchea Plumbing and Gas, Road Safety Commission, Educated by Nature, Bindoon Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Upper Chittering Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Chittering Incident Support, Messy Moments, Northern Valleys News, Shane Love MLA, Hon Martin Aldridge MP, Dynamic Group Muchea, Chittering Youth Krew, Chittering Tourist Association, Bindoon Farmers Market, Bindoon and Districts Agricultural Society, Bindoon IGA,  and too many local community volunteers and groups to mention individually.   Your contribution is integral to the success of Wear Ya Wellies and we are grateful beyond words. 

Neil Hartley
Acting Chief Executive Officer

 

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For further information please contact Neil Hartley, Acting Chief Executive Officer on 9576 4600 or via chatter@chittering.wa.gov.au.  This media statement has no regulatory value.

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