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Celebrate the City of Casey’s rich history when the National Trust’s Australian Heritage Festival comes to Tooradin and Berwick over the coming weeks.

Dating back to 1980, the festival, which Council proudly supports, gives visitors the chance to delve into Casey’s heritage and gain a unique insight into the history of local areas, particularly those dotting the Western Port.

On Saturday 4 May from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, there will be a Heritage Festival at Fisherman’s Cottage, a quaint cottage built circa 1875, where you can discover the area’s early history, or from 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm you can take a boat tour along the Western Port.

The following weekend on Saturday 11 May between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm, you can also visit Edrington in Berwick to enjoy a high tea as well as a guided tour of the mansion and formal gardens. 

City of Casey Mayor Cr Amanda Stapledon, who is part of the Casey Cardinia Historic Society, said she is excited to be part of the festival along with a vast array of local historical societies that are also joining in the festivities. 

“The City of Casey is very proud to support this festival of heritage and culture, the biggest of its kind in Australia,” she said.

“To coincide with the festivities, I am also thrilled to help launch a series of local social history collector cards, each of which give a snapshot of local heritage themes.

“To start your collection, keep an eye out for ‘Roberto’ dressed in his traditional tram conductor costume.”

For those who might not be able to attend the festival, or for visitors to Casey, the Vera Moller: A Thousand Tides exhibition, now on display at the Bunjil Place Gallery, also provides a unique and never seen before insight into the Western Port Bay.

Cr Stapledon encouraged art lovers and those with an interest in Casey’s local ecosystems to put time aside to visit the exhibit.  

“With the Western Port in mind, if you are visiting the City of Casey or reside here, this is a wonderful opportunity to view the Vera Moller display,” she said. 

“The exhibition explores the diverse ecosystems of the bay and takes you into an unknown local environment, reflecting on the flora, fauna and terrain of the Western Port Bay.”

To find out more about the Australian Heritage Festival visit the National Trust website.  

For more information on exhibitions in the Bunjil Place Gallery and other great events visit the Bunjil Place website.