Whyalla Cuttlefish in ‘Save Our Gulfs’ art exhibition at Marion Cultural Centre

We invite you to join us at Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, South Australia on Friday, March 9th at 6.30 pm for a very special art exhibition opening. The group exhibition is entitled The Demise or Otherwise of South Australia’s Gulfs and it will feature the works of over 90 artists from across South Australia with a wide variety of perspectives and artistic disciplines. The works are individual creative responses to the Save Our Gulfs Coalition‘s environmental conservation and sustainable development objectives. The Gulfs in question are Spencer Gulf and Gulf St. Vincent, which lie between York, Eyre and Fleurieu peninsulas. Their amenity, fertility and biodiversity render these waters and coastal zones with tremendous social, environmental and economic value.

We are contributing three episodes from the Danimations’ online video series Naturescope; each produced on Eyre Peninsula whilst developing our Cuttlefish Country documentary feature film. The first episode introduces the Giant Australian Cuttlefish aggregation which occurs annually near Point Lowly, and can be seen below.


The industrialialisation of the Point Lowly Peninsula

The next episode looks at the other wildlife on the Point Lowly Peninsula, whose future is threatened by plans to industrialise their home. Current plans include:

  • Port Bonython expansion: an additional 3 kilometre long jetty for mineral exports, storage facilities and rail link
  • Deepak Fertiliser: a factory for the production of Technical Ammonium Nitrate, for use in the production of explosives
  • Senex Energy: refinery and diesel storage facilities (approved in 2011)
  • BHP Billiton: 280 megalitre desalination plant (approved in 2011) desalinating seawater for use at the Olympic Dam mine, north of Roxby Downs

The adverse impacts of these developments (if they are allowed to proceed) will include loss of habitat, increases in air and water pollution, increased freight (by road, rail & sea), loss of amenity, loss of public access (through safety buffer zones around industry) and loss of future income related to tourism and other visitors to the area. These issues will be introduced in this video, and later detailed in our feature film, which is now scheduled for completion in May 2012.

A Little Penguin shelters on Lipson Island, Lipson Cove

A Little Penguin shelters on Lipson Island, Lipson Cove near the proposed site of Port Spencer

Lipson Cove vs. Port Spencer

The third episode focuses on the little known location of Lipson Cove, where an 8 hectare inshore island conservation park and its fauna are being threatened by potential new neighbours. The island is home to a colony of Fairy Penguins and a myriad of other shore and marine birds, fish, invertebrates and visiting mammals. The development of a bulk commodities port to be known as Port Spencer (previously and deceptively referred to as Sheep Hill) threatens to establish a jetty less than a kilometre from the park’s boundary. Should this location be approved for the port’s development, inputs from the loading of wheat and minerals will contaminate the sea, and any future shipping accident will risk the bird colonies and the contamination of the popular beach of Lipson Cove which is beloved by locals and tourists alike. Residents are also concerned about the possibility of an oil spill soiling the pristine beach of nearby Tumby Bay. Any increase in shipping activity to the area will also increase the risk of invasive species entering the environment on visiting ships’ hulls and in their ballast and bilge water.

Ian Willding - Ghost Shoal (acrylic on canvas)

Ian Willding - Ghost Shoal (acrylic on canvas)

Art to raise awareness and prompt activation

The ‘Demise or Otherwise of South Australia’s Gulfs’ exhibition itself was conceived and curated by non-profit organisation, the Save Our Gulf Coalition. It aims to raise awareness of environmental and development issues threatening South Australia’s Gulfs and their inhabitants. Once open, the exhibition will be on display from March 9th until April 1st, 2012. The painting above by Ian Willding is just one example of the fine work which will be on display. The exhibition is free to see, and works from the exhibition will be available for purchase. We sincerely hope to see you at the opening, or at one of two ‘Gulf Talks’ sessions, where representatives from the Save Our Gulfs Coalition will be present to discuss the variety of developmental issues facing our fragile coastal and marine environments.

Download the Exhibition Invitation (PDF)

The Exhibition
9 March - 1 April 2012
 The Demise or Otherwise of South Australia’s Gulfs:
 An exhibition curated by the Save Our Gulf Coalition to raise awareness
 of environmental issues threatening South Australia’s Gulfs.
Gulf Talks
 Gallery M: 2pm, Sunday 18 March
 2pm, Sunday 25 March
 An opportunity to meet and chat to the organizing committee
 in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. All welcome, free entry.


Dan Monceaux is a South Australian documentary filmmaker and the director of Cuttlefish Country.

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