Broome film fest and science series showcase nature's best

The 2015 Science on the Broome Coast series has entertained and informed Broome audiences this year with a diverse program of events.

Events included four science presentations, filmmaking workshops and the inaugural ROEBUCK BAY MUD AND SALTwater SHORT FILM FEST. 

Roebuck Bay Working Group Project Manager, Kandy Curran said the 15 films made about Roebuck Bay were of a high standard, exceptionally diverse and deeply respectful of the Bay’s natural, cultural and heritage values.

"The diverse topics in the films made for a great night’s viewing, with mock interviews with Roebuck Bay’s marine life, Yawuru Rangers showing how they look after Yawuru country and stories of the bay’s multicultural history and stairway to the moon," she said.

" Other films showed cyclone surfing, wild things in the soft warm mud, underwater footage of dolphins and out of water experiences with humpback whales, and the dilemma of whether to fish with a best mate or go to the movies with a dream girl!"

The science presentations started with shorebird researcher Chris Hassell, who has been tracking the migratory shorebirds of Roebuck Bay and Eighty Mile Beach for twenty years. 

This was followed by palaeontologist Dr Steve Salisbury, who regaled an audience of 130 people with the story of his collaborative research project to digitally map Western Australia’s dinosaur coast. 

In July, the discussion was on the topical Nagulagun Roebuck Bay Marine Park and Birragun Conservation Park, which combines traditional Yawuru knowledge and practice with western science and technology in holistic and sustainable management.  

The most recent presentation, on 9 September by Dr Martin Dziminsky, was on the iconic and much adored Bilby.

The sponsors of the Science on the Broome Coast series are:

•     Rangelands NRM through Australian Government National Landcare Programme funding

•     Department of Parks and Wildlife 

•     Inspiring Australia 

•     Western Australian Marine Research Institution

•     Broome Shire - assisting with the cost of hiring the Pigram Garden Theatre. 

Images:
1) 2015 MUD AND SALTwater SHORT FILM FEST in Broome. Photo courtesy of Roebuck Bay Working Group.
2) Audience at June 2015 Science on the Broome Coast talk by shorebird researcher Chris Hassell.