The FoGSV are keen to learn more about what is happening in the gulf and to support other groups with similar goals.

There are a number of ways of doing this, for example by publicising relevant events, and providing opportunities for the community to engage in a wide range of activities.

The FoGSV have participated in, or contributed to, community education and art projects such as coastal sculpture, mosaics and beachfront interpretive signage.

The FoGSV are fortunate to have members who are among South Australia’s most knowledgeable marine scientists, and we pick their brains when issues arise that are of concern. It is important that we consider the best available information and canvass opinion widely when writing submissions, or supporting coastal communities in their efforts to improve local conditions or prevent inappropriate uses of the environment.

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

Indiana James Pelican sculpture at the Torrens outlet

Some current matters of interest:

  • impact of the Adelaide Desalination Plant
  • fate of the Port Stanvac Jetty
  • implementation of Marine Parks
  • adoption of the recommendations of the Torrens River Task Force
  • protection of the Tennyson Dunes
  • impact of climate change on coastal areas in the gulf
  • impact of urban development on the coast

If you have ideas for activities or speakers for future Community Fora, we would love to hear from you!

 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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