Pam Wales

See below a letter from a concerned citizen about the proposed hillside mine at Pine Point.

 
Hi Val
Thankyou for listening to my concerns today.
 
As you are now aware I am concerned about the damage that will be done to a very unique part of our South Australian coast line once a road is built along the top of the cliffs to skirt the proposed Hillside Mine at Pine Point. I believe the colours in the cliffs rival the cliffs of Rainbow Beach in Queensland which are a tourist attraction for that state. In thinking this, I may be overselling them, but I do not think so. The fact is few people have seen these cliffs for they can only be reached on foot, even though they begin just past the first head land, about 200 metres from the car park. I am anxious to get second opinions.
 
With so many concerns being raised by locals about the proposed mine, people are overlooking the destruction that will occur to this unique coastal asset. When the tide is in, the little bays with the coloured cliffs behind, provide a beautiful and peaceful beach walk. Unfortunately this will be lost forever next year, once gullies are filled in, tops of cliffs levelled and rubble pushed down the cliff face, in order to build the new main road that will run along the top.
 
Regretfully I think the mine will go ahead which will be a tragedy for all generations that follow ours. Taking the road inland would however at least be one good thing that could be done for the generations that follow ours.
Enclosed are a few photos I took on my phone at Easter. These photos include a random shot which shows the incredible range of rocks that are scattered all along the foreshore, another feature of this area.
Pine Point Cliffs
Pine Point Cliffs
Rocks scattered all along the foreshore

Rocks scattered all along the foreshore

My hope is that people will take notice of these cliffs before it is too late, and if they agree with me, then action will be taken to see that the road is redirected inland, not along the coast.
 
Regards
Bob Hawes
 

If you have any input into this issue, please use our comments area below to have your say. Thanks

 

Interesting article on the PLOS One site:

Anthropogenic litter is present in all marine habitats, from beaches to the most remote points in the oceans. On the seafloor, marine litter, particularly plastic, can accumulate in high densities with deleterious consequences for its inhabitants. Yet, because of the high cost involved with sampling the seafloor, no large-scale assessment of distribution patterns was available to date. Here, we present data on litter distribution and density collected during 588 video and trawl surveys across 32 sites in European waters.

We found litter to be present in the deepest areas and at locations as remote from land as the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone across the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The highest litter density occurs in submarine canyons, whilst the lowest density can be found on continental shelves and on ocean ridges. Plastic was the most prevalent litter item found on the seafloor. Litter from fishing activities (derelict fishing lines and nets) was particularly common on seamounts, banks, mounds and ocean ridges. Our results highlight the extent of the problem and the need for action to prevent increasing accumulation of litter in marine environments.

Marine Litter

Marine Litter

Read more and view figures and images here

We thought this article was very interesting.

It was written by Jason Tetro – Microbiology, Health & Hygiene Expert, on the Huffington Post website. This kind of issue affects every beach. This was written in the US, as they head into Summer (lucky!)

A starter snippet below…

At this time of year, almost everyone is awaiting the inevitable end to winter and the beginning of the warmer weather of spring. But many of us cannot wait for Mother Nature and instead journey to one of a plethora of pleasant places famous for their warmth, both climactic and interpersonal. Amongst the most popular destinations, including Florida, California and the Caribbean, exist some of the most desirable beaches where millions congregate to take in the joys of sun, sea, sand, and unfortunately germs.

Read more here

Sylvia Earle is the leading lady of marine biology, in fact the leading person full stop. Here she explains why the oceans are important & how we can protect them. She tells us about her one wish to change the world & is a total inspiration. Well worth watching!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43DuLcBFxoY

Some more information about Sylvia here:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/sylvia-earle/

Over the next month – 10th April to 10th May – BirdLife Australia (nationally) is running a promotion to farewell our migratory shorebirds and follow them on their journeys along the East Asia – Australasia migratory flyway.

You can sign in to the Farewell Shorebirds web page to receive weekly email updates on where the birds are at and what they are doing. Prizes on offer too!

Web page links – Background Information: http://birdlife.org.au/media/help-us-farewell-the-shorebirds/ & Sign-up Page: http://farewellshorebirds.org.au/

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Dolphin Day this year was a well attended event on March 16th, 2014. See pics below…

Liz McLeay and Val Wales at the Friends of Gulf St Vincent Stall on Dolphin Day 16th March

Liz McLeay and Val Wales at the Friends of Gulf St Vincent Stall on Dolphin Day 16th March

The Gulf St Vincent Stall on Dolphin Day

The Gulf St Vincent Stall on Dolphin Day

Live Music

Live Music

Crowds enjoying the live music

Crowds enjoying the live music

Face Painting!!

Face Painting!!

Not a bad spot!

Not a bad spot!

Dolphin Cruise ticket box

Dolphin Cruise ticket box

Crowds attending Dolphin Day

Crowds attending Dolphin Day

Angela at the Friends of Gulf St Vincent Stall on Dolphin Day

Angela at the Friends of Gulf St Vincent Stall on Dolphin Day

Rob at the Friends of Gulf St Vincent Stall on Dolphin Day

Rob at the Friends of Gulf St Vincent Stall on Dolphin Day

Rob and new member, Ian,  on Dolphin Day

Rob and new member, Ian, on Dolphin Day

Entertainment

Entertainment

Bouncy Castle!!

Bouncy Castle!!

The Gulf St Vincent Stall on Dolphin Day

The Gulf St Vincent Stall on Dolphin Day

Dolphin Cruiser makes it's way back to port

Dolphin Cruiser makes it’s way back to port

 We continue our conversation with featured speaker Sarah-Jo Lobwein about the work she does regarding single use plastics #swapforthesea . What has been your favourite or most impactful achievement to date? . “When another local venue or business in my local council area contacts us to work with them or to promote that they have embraced plastic-free alternatives, they add to the growing tide of change happening locally and globally. . This then adds more support, influence and encouragement for more businesses and individuals to become aware and change their behaviours. . Personally, working with the next generations also has a great personal, local and global impact. Children are amazed and shocked when they find out what items consist of plastic (such as chewing gum) or why a product cannot be recycled, or why an animal has died from plastic pollution. . They innocently yet intelligently ask “why” we use single use plastics and why companies use ‘hidden’ plastics without public notification and think of easy solutions rather than making excuses to keep polluting. . They still go and purchase an ice cream wrapped in plastic packaging, but the seed is planted in their thoughts, and it is not their responsibility that the packaging is harmful; it is the brand’s responsibility to be providing a sustainable option.” . To our #FoGSV Community, what impact can you have? Think of the ripple effect, your action can and will have an onflow affect. You can influence family, friends, your work and local businesses just by being an inspiration in your own circle of influence. . . . . . . #waronwaste #waste #saynotoplastics #refuse #recycle #reuse #repurpose #upcycle #protectourgulf #saveouroceans #gogreen #nature #conservation #climateaction #marinedebris #beachcleanup #bethechange #adelaide #fogsv #friendsofgulfstvincent
 . Following on from our first instalment, we hear more on Sarah-Jo’s presentation and look out at the end, you may be shocked! . Please provide a brief overview of your talk topic: . “Sea Change - Local plastic pollution, marine conservation and Community Empowerment through Education, Awareness, and Action to change attitudes and practices and  #SWAPFORTHESEA - empowering the community and individuals to change their behaviour by discussing and embracing simple everyday, sustainable swaps that are easy to do, and will drastically reduce your plastic consumption while maintaining a ‘convenient’ lifestyle! . Immiscible - why water and plastics do not mix - simple solutions to avoid single use plastic pollution to Stop the sea drowning in plastic - Global pollution, Global solution - raising the awareness of contributing countries, communities and individuals. . Simple plastic-free alternatives and choices to follow without changing our convenient lifestyles at home and while travelling the seven seas, which will have a huge positive effect for the ocean, the flora and fauna and ultimately ourselves! An engaging look at a serious problem including the ‘hidden’ plastics we use (did you know most chewing gum is made of plastic?), the effects on marine life and humans, and easy preventative actions for individuals.” . Did you know about the chewing gum?  . . . . . . #waronwaste #waste #saynotoplastics #refuse #recycle #reuse #repurpose #upcycle #protectourgulf #saveouroceans #gogreen #nature #conservation #climateaction #marinedebris #beachcleanup #bethechange #adelaide #fogsv #friendsofgulfstvincent

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