Wirriya jalyanu (seagrass)


Science meets Art to celebrate seagrass and the local environment with Malgana language and cultural heritage
The Wirriya Jalyanu (seagrass) Festival is the culmination of a two year collaboration between seagrass researchers at the University of Western Australia and the Malgana Rangers as Traditional Owners of Gathaagudu (two waters, Shark Bay). The festival provides an opportunity to share knowledge about seagrasses and the environment with the local community.
How do you say 'Wirriya Jalyanu'?


Wednesday 7 April, 4.30 - 6pm

Denham Town Hall


Free public talks: come and hear about science going on in your backyard from the experts

Guest Speakers

Prof. Gary Kendrick  Seagrasses and the productive marine ecosystem of Gathaagudu (Shark Bay)

Ms Bianca McNeair  Malgana Women turtle tagging on Wirruwanna (Dirk Hartog Island)

Dr Ana Sequeira  Marine creatures on the move: understanding behaviour and potential threats

Attending the talks in person is limited to 85 people due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event will be live-streamed on facebook


Thursday 8 April 10 - 4pm

Denham Foreshore and Town Hall


  • 'Welcome to Country' 

  • Beach walk with 'Follow the Dream' students to find and identify local marine creatures

  • Meet UWA researchers & Malgana rangers saving seagrass

  • Seagrass mapping with DBCA

  • Land management activities with Bush Heritage

  • Story creation in Malgana language

  • Kids crafts and activities

  • Dig to find archaeological treasures

  • Seagrass-inspired art

  • Cooking demonstration

  • Pundarra Guntharri Performance Group

Additional information

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Consider your footprint. This event is aiming for zero waste and plastic free, so please bring your own reusable drink containers

About the Artist: Tiahna Oxenham is of Malgana, Nyul Nyul and Yaruwu heritage. Her art is inspired by the seagrass meadows of Gathaagudu (Shark Bay). For more information see www.juridadesigns.com


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