The St Kilda Mangroves Alliance

is a powerful coalition of local, national and international organisations and individuals representing environment, industry, science and community formed to ensure a best practice remediation plan is urgently put in place for the recovery and long-term health of this globally significant area.

The Alliance is calling for:

  1. The immediate removal of the damaging hyper-saline brine in the ponds to the South of St Kilda Road 
  2. Much greater transparency and genuine two-way exchange of information between Buckland Dry Creek Ltd, The Department for Energy & Mining and the public.
  3. Development of a closure and rehabilitation plan, in partnership with the public, for the damaged ponds and a restoration plan for the surrounding tidal wetlands
  4. A permanent solution to the unstable ‘Holding Pattern’ operating in the northern ponds, preferably the transition of those ponds to self-sustaining natural habitats that do not pose ongoing risks to the surrounding tidal wetlands.

Community distress is growing as the damage continues and action in response is too slow. We are sick of hearing ‘trust us’, as we did trust the regulatory agencies in the initial phase of the response, and things have only got worse.

 

Lindsay Virgo

St Kilda & Surrounds Progress & Tourism Association

Alliance Organisations (in alphabetical order) so far include:

  • Airborne Research Australia
  • Butterfly Conservation SA Inc.
  • Birdlife Australia
  • Birds SA
  • City of Salisbury
  • Conservation Council of SA
  • Delta Environmental Consulting
  • EcoProTem
  • Estuary Care Foundation
  • Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary
  • Friends of Gulf St Vincent Inc.
  • Friends of Parks SA
  • Landcare Association of SA
  • Marine Life Society of SA
  • National Trust SA
  • Nature Conservation Society of SA
  • Port Adelaide Residents Environment Protection Group
  • RecFish SA
  • St Kilda & Surrounds Progress & Tourism Association Inc.
  • Tennyson Dunes Group Inc.
  • Trees For Life
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

The affected area is vital habitat for thousands of migratory shorebirds which make the round trip from Siberia and the Arctic every year along the East Asian-Australasian flyway to return to St Kilda.

 

 

Aleisa Lamanna

Sharing our Shores with Coastal Wildlife Project Coordinator, Birdlife Australia

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