Shire of Capel presents

Fact or faction

Where science, art and culture combine


Bringing together a rich tapestry of authors, guest speakers and unique experiences to create an exhilarating experiences and unexpected encounters.

Fact or Faction is a catalyst for collaboration and partnership across the Shire of Capel and the South West region.

Meet the speakers

Aisling Fontanini

Technical Officer

Award-winning travelling the world to better understand marine biology. 

David Kerr

Chief Executive Officer
Dolphin Discovery Centre

CEO of Bunbury’s major tourism attraction helping to ensure the future of our amazing marine life.

Jan Tierney

Conservation manager
Dolphin Discovery Centre

Bringing the marine world to the community through conservation, eco-tourism and research.

Sophie Teede

Environmental Manager at Busselton Jetty

Keen scuba diver – Sophie won the a United Nations Marine Studies Award for her work in jetty pile rehabilitation.

Amy Gornall

Operations Manager at Busselton Jetty

Amy connects the community with the underwater marvels making her a finalists in the 2021 Perth Airport Tourism Awards for Individual Excellence in Customer Service.

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Kath Thomson


Local resident and photogapher intertwining two passions – the ocean and photography.

Caitlin Lomax

Director Intr Studio

Using unique perspectives to develop the digital experience of the future.

Alexis McDonald

Founder of HerHelp

Women supporting women – creating change to guide young women through daily struggles and empower them. 

Ben Aldridge

Founder 30 Foot Drop

Providing eye-opening insight on disabilities through banter, heart touching stories and thought-provoking discussion.

Colin Archibald

Founder Eleven-Consulting

Driving community initiatives that support diversity through collaborative partnerships that respond to opportunities and challenges.

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Poppy Treloar

Film maker

A local young creative in film production – the film industry has always been an integral part of Poppy’s life – with her award-winning short films Sandbox and Sell Out.

Sullivan McLeod

Owner at Flying Corkscrew Wine Tour

The true story of a bloke who decided to make his favourite pastime (surfing) his profession for a year.

Rebecca Dyson Tichbon

Business owner and Author

Owner and Principal Therapist of Titch Haven and Lecturer at Edith Cowan University.

Glenys McDonald


Accomplished author and with a life full of experience  – from a midwife, sports administrator, caravan park proprietor, health professional, and local government executive to full-time dementia carer

Tanuja Sanders

Chemical Engineer

Awesome taskmaster and project management consultant with excellent engineering skills in design construction and commissioning management for process, water, power and mining-related projects. 

Malcolm Payne


Aged 14, Malcolm secured his first job as a blacksmith. From there he honed his craft of shoeing horses, ironwork for agriculture and decorative/ornamental work. 

Julian Sanders


Former Capel Shire Councillor and reporter for over 40 years – Julian writes, photographs and prints community newspaper Boyanup Post each month. Julian is also a life member of the Boyanup Bush Fire Brigade and Boyanup Memorial Park Committee.

Event line up

Sea, salt and science

5pm | 16 August | Capel Golf Club

Join industry leaders in marine conservation for a night of inspirational stories.

Guest speakers: Marine scientists Amy Gormall and Sophie Teede from Busselton Jetty Inc, Dolphin Discovery Centre CEO David Kerr and conservation manager Jan Tierney, Marine biologist Aisling Fontanini and photographer Kathleen Thompson.

Breaking barriers

5pm | 17 August | Capel Golf Club

Discover the importance of inclusion – breaking barries so everyone is equal.

Guest speakers
Ben Aldridge Founder of 30 Foot Drop, Colin Archibald founder of Eleven-Consulting and local film maker Poppy Treloar.

Girls in tech

5pm | 18 August | Capel Golf Club

Celebrate the enormous contribution women make to our work force. Understand the shared passion for science and technology and appreciate the unique challenges professional women face.

Guest speakers:
Caitlin Lomax Director of Intr Studio and Founder of HerHelp Lexy McDonald.

Memory of culture in STEAM

5pm | 19 August | Capel Golf Club

We’ve partnered with South West Women’s Health and Information Centre to present an evening of food, cooking, therapy, art and culture.

Guest speakers
Author and story teller Glenys McDonald, lecturer and business owner Rebecca Dyson Tichbon, chemical engineer and business owner Tanuja Sanders.

Barrels and bull riding

1pm | 19 August | Boyanup Primary School

Sharing stories with our future entrepreneurs to not hold back on your dreams. Sullivan will inspire school kids though confidence building and resilience.

Guest speakers:
Author and founder of Flying Corkscrew Sullivan McLeod.

Ahead of STEAM – 150 years of rail

9am | 22 August | South West Rail and Heritage Centre

History coming to life – celebrating 150 years of rail history. Join us for the unveiling the 1898 Leschenault Lady.

Guest speakers
Boyanup icons Julian Sanders and Malcolm Payne.

Thanks to our event partners