Call of the kookaburra

Lisa Field, Tim Munday, James Dredge, Jonathan, 16, and Michelle Wallis test the kookaburra puppet for the festival. Picture: Luke Hemer

Wyndham residents will have the opportunity to suss out services in the area at a new festival later this month.

The Wyndham Park Community Hub will host the first Kookaburra Festival on Saturday, January 23, bringing together the region’s sports clubs, primary schools, kindergartens and other resources.

Wyndham council community development officer James Dredge said the festival would be the first of its kind in Wyndham.

“We’ll have 20 community groups present, plus a range of stalls, crafts, food vans and entertainment,” he said.

Other features will include a kookaburra art competition and a quest for the region’s best kookaburra caller. Wyndham musicians and dance groups performing will include Dancemax, Alleged Associates and Ash Archer, and there will be a performance by the Universal School of Music and local Indian and Karen hip-hop dance groups.

The Melbourne Bengali Association and the Hoppers Crossing Apex and Rotary Clubs will provide free food, and food van vendors will sell their wares.

A large kookaburra puppet has been loaned by the Ceres Environmental Park for the event.

The festival will run from noon-5pm on January 23 on Kookaburra Avenue, next to the Glen Orden Sports Pavilion.

Business or community groups interested in taking part in the festival should contact Mr Dredge on 8742 6448.