A boutique music festival, indigenous trail and bike network have been planned for the picturesque Winton Wetlands, north of Benalla.
Melbourne DJs and artists will provide a musical backdrop to the site plenty of native birds call home.
The all-ages Under the Nest festival will be on March 24 and 25.
The first-time event will showcase a range of underground electronic music and organiser Michael Tharratt — known as artist Mount Mike — said the festival would also include local artists as well as market stalls and food vendors.
‘‘This festival is about providing an opportunity for local residents to immerse themselves in a thriving music scene that they may otherwise not have had the opportunity to experience,’’ Mr Tharratt said.
‘‘Our crew of organisers all grew up in or near Benalla and we are excited to be bringing something different to our hometown.
‘‘We will have a strong focus on the natural environment of Winton Wetlands and its links to our native flora and fauna and indigenous history through various art installations.
‘‘We are also keen to involve local businesses and artists and the wider community as much as we can so if anyone is interested in being involved don’t hesitate to get in touch.’’
Mr Tharratt said he was ‘‘looking forward to a magical day and night’’ where attendees could camp in the beautiful nesting ground.
‘‘As an all ages festival, we will be focussed on creating a safe and secure environment,’’ he said.
‘‘People under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.’’
Meanwhile, a tender has been released for the construction of an indigenous trail at the site.
The wetlands management committee is tendering for a 15km sealed cycle path network around the wetlands.
The requested works involve pavement, surfacing, waterway crossings and landscaping, but the committee said vigilance would need to be taken to protect the environment, heritage, flora and fauna.
■Under The Nest Early bird tickets will start at $30 and are on sale from today via Eventbrite.
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