Native wildlife on display in Hobsons Bay at Summer by the Sea

Altona refinery brings wildlife to Hobsons Bay

During January, visitors to public libraries across Hobsons Bay were once again treated to loud, lively interactive displays involving snakes, lizards, stick insects, frogs and more, thanks to Hobson Bay City Council’s Summer by the Sea program, proudly supported by the Altona refinery.

The program featured Andrew Wegener, of Australian Wildlife Lectures, and his showcase of native wildlife. The display encourages people young and old to get up close to a variety of creatures they might not normally come across in suburban Melbourne. And its added bonus is that it provides a fun, free and educational family activity during the summer school holidays.

Summer by the Sea is a Coastcare Victoria initiative involving a series of free activities along Victoria’s coastline. Hobsons Bay City Council participates in Summer by the Sea to raise awareness of local conservation issues and promote Hobsons Bay’s unique coastal environment.

Community member Cherrie who attended the display with her daughter said, “We just love seeing the display each year and the opportunity to do so, supported by Mobil, is fantastic!”

“The activity creates memories and an awareness of nature that my kids adore!”

Altona Refinery Manager Riccardo Cavallo said support for ‘Summer by the Sea’ was just one of many environmental and educational initiatives the company supports in Melbourne’s west.

“We have also supported a range of Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) conservation projects since the 1990s, including a schools outreach program, as well as providing ongoing support to the Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek,” said Riccardo.

“We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to initiatives such as ‘Summer by the Sea’ which help to improve awareness of the unique Hobsons Bay environment in the community.”
Image Community member Cherrie, pictured here with her daughters, loves seeing the display each year.
Community member Cherrie, pictured here with her daughters, loves seeing the display each year.