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!

 Continuing on with our chat with Featured speaker Sarah-Jo Lobwein and the work she does in regards to single use plastics #swapforthesea 2. Plastics - what can’t you avoid or still struggle with finding an alternative? . “Dried Dog food that’s not overly expensive (but recently found a brand that is meant to be home compostable packaging but will have to see if it passes my dog’s taste test!), potato and corn crisps (there seems to be alternative to all other snack packaging except for these) and CDs – I have always loved the joy of purchasing a new music CD and most come in plastic hard or paperboard plastic covered. Those three all have alternatives, but they are my naughty weaknesses. . The main struggle for me, as a someone who is gluten AND lactose intolerant AND travels to remote places, is sometimes I have to eat a lot of rice or just accept the plastic until I find a way to get the venue or place to change. Usually I take my own packaging with me and then bring it home to recycle, for example when I am home my bread comes in paper or reusable bags, but travelling I will take with me gluten free bread in plastic sealed bags.” . Plastic Free July example of a ready to go reusable kit you can have waiting by the door as you head out. . . . . . . . . #waronwaste #waste #saynotoplastics #refuse #recycle #reuse #repurpose #upcycle #protectourgulf #saveouroceans #gogreen #nature #conservation #climateaction #marinedebris #beachcleanup #bethechange #adelaide #fogsv #friendsofgulfstvincent
 Continuing on with our chat with Featured speaker Sarah-Jo Lobwein and the work she does in regards to single use plastics #swapforthesea . 1. Plastics - what have become your favourite swap items? . “There are technological advancements and inventions, (or rediscoveries of what society used before we became addicted to plastic), all the time that amaze me – straws made out of wheat for example, and consumable soft bio plastic packaging of pasta made out of algae that we can just throw into boiling water etc. . But my favourites are the every day items – reusable, take your own or compostable straws, cutlery, takeaway containers, coffee cups, water bottles, shopping bags, paper bin bags and produce bags because they are so easy and accessible –humans were using them before plastic was invented or became prolific. The ones that reduce waste in general such reusable or not using an item at all is the best solution (such as not using a straw), and then compostable such as paper or bamboo. . Personally I can’t believe how empty my bins are once I phased out most plastics – I use the paper sandwich/ mushroom veggie bags or paper retail shopping bags for my bin and wash out the bin if it gets dirty (and there are businesses now that can come clean your bins!) - there is always an alternative.” . . . . . . . . #waronwaste #waste #saynotoplastics #refuse #recycle #reuse #repurpose #upcycle #protectourgulf #saveouroceans #gogreen #nature #conservation #climateaction #marinedebris #beachcleanup #bethechange #adelaide #fogsv #friendsofgulfstvincent

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