9 February 2023
All that hanging off the Boardwalk counting leaves for the last year has given us some understandings about how the habitat is responding to the conditions. Estuary Care Foundation is hosting the report, written for Green Adelaide, so head on over to their site to download "Persistence study: propagules and juvenile mangroves, St Kilda boardwalk"
2 February 2023
Wow! There has been SO MUCH work going on to try and understand the situation in the mangroves over the last year!
Researchers from Flinders University and University of Adelaide have published the results of their studies using Open Access or University hosting so the papers can be accessed by everyone at no cost. Click on the images at left to read Dittmann et al's paper, or on the Uni of Adelaide card to read Leyden et al's paper.
21 January 2022 -
Senator Rex Patrick spent many months battling through the Freedom of information process to obtain this (heavily redacted) trove of documents. They show what, and when, the government knew about the deaths of mangroves as a result of waste brine leaking from the moribund salt ponds at St Kilda. The documents also reveal that there was no environmental bond taken from the operator when the mining leases were recently renewed for 21 years, raising the possibility that the public of SA may be left to foot the bill to clean up this mess.
- 16 December 2021 -
Christmas is nearly upon us and the Alliance to Save St Kilda Mangroves thought you may all be interested in an update. How did the situation evolve, where are we now, and what do we hope for this site in the future? Well, the latter is easy. First things first. The impacting salt needs removing. Then restoration of the surrounding wetlands can start. And remediation of the damaged and damaging gypsum ponds. Finally, a proper closure plan for the rest of the mining leases. Faith spells out our "asks" clearly in the video. With State and Federal elections coming up, we would love to see our representatives of all political stripes commit to these four steps.
The Spring of our Discontent: The onset of a second springtime of hypersaline leakage from the salt ponds was marked by a range of Direct Actions
Winter brought rain, and with it calls for the salt brine to be removed from the ponds, to reduce the likelihood of further impacts. When these calls appeared to be falling on deaf ears, and with torrid reactions from some politicians and government agencies becoming more common, community members started undertaking direct actions.
The first day of Spring saw the Citizens' Environmental Cleanup! Thank you Uncle Jeffrey, Yuandamarra and Nadia for your support and blessing. Faith, what can we say? What a classy action! And the excess funds from the "Go Pump Me" crowdfund will be the seed funding as the community looks to install a piezometer network to monitor the shallow groundwater lens under the town - so stay tuned for more information!
When toxic politics resulted in a public verbal attack (on radio) on one of the Alliance scientists, brave rebels from XR took time out from their larger concerns to start an #IStandWithPeri social media action, and so many wonderful people joined in...
And a huge "Well Done" to kayakers George, Sue, Albert and Leonard, who love Barker Inlet and who undertook a magnificent "Canoe Doodle to Save the Mangroves"
- Late February 2021 -
Vigil for the St Kilda Mangroves and Saltmarshes
- 02 February 2021 -
What did people have to say?
St Kilda Mangroves Alliance launch
- 23 January 2021 -
Airborne Research Australia's donation
- 16 January 2021 -