Minuscule Dunes: a photography exhibition

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Time is flying and in three days I will be co-hosting Minuscule Dunes: a photography exhibition at Boomerang Bags warehouse in Burleigh Heads.

The one-night-only exhibition traces my personal experiences of working in dune restoration, coastal science and community outreach.

Having spent almost a decade restoring Gold Coast’s dunes the photographs feature the beauty of dunes and what can be created with sustainable coastal management and community contribution.

I remember planting dune plants along Federation Walk Coastal Reserve almost 10 years ago and you could have likened it to a bare canvas. As nature is a true artist, we now have a dune masterpiece with flourishing biodiversity and community created natural place for everyone to enjoy.

The exhibition is proudly supported by the City of Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Catchment Association and will be hosted in collaboration with Surfers Paradise Dune Protection Association and Tugun and Bilinga Dune Preservation Group.

Prof. Pat Wise from the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research will also attend with speaking from her heart, head and hand about the importance of blending art and science.

A $10 donation at the door will be donated local dune care and framed photographs will be for sale.

Event details:
Thursday 1st October, 6pm – 9pm.
Boomerang Bags 17a Ern Harley Drive Burleigh Heads
Facebook link

Contact me on 0423 84 64 94

I hope to see you there!

Stay dune alert

Destroyed dune near Cable Street, Main Beach

Destroyed dune near Cable Street, Main Beach

Narrowneck Beach

Narrowneck Beach

Scars along the glitter strip

Scars along the glitter strip

There I was enjoying a leisurely walk with Elle (my dog) along Main Beach to Surfers Paradise this afternoon. It was leisurely until I came across a demolished dune, a bulldozer and truck, and a pile of sand with native dune plants, cut down trees and fencing debris waiting for the tip. Only hours after proclaiming how amazing those who manage Gold Coast’s beaches are and sharing news on some cool projects on the horizon to inspire all 2700 beachfront residents and the hundreds of thousands of locals who also enjoy Gold Coast’s beaches everyday to take care of Gold Coast’s beaches.

How short sighted and I am talking about those making decisions on how to manage the beaches, which to me all I can see is destruction. All in the name of progress while they assess the stability of the seawalls for the Seawall Construction Project.Yet, despite efforts to communicate with the community with a more centralised effort there doesn’t appear to be any further information about this project (specifically the Cable Street – Ferny Avenue project). This bleeds suspicion as the Engineering Services Report for this project was presented in a closed session (why not a public report??).

Please remind me on how the City of Gold Coast could promote that the beaches are fit of summer?

Believe me, there is still a long way to go until such a statement can be made as I agree with experienced surfer Phil Hoile, who has documented the erosion around Main Beach and said it was important to understand some sand had returned but the dunes remained exposed (source: Gold Coast Bulletin).

If the dunes are still exposed along the northern beaches who the hell makes decisions to go ahead and destroy more dunes? The last time I checked we were in 2014 and had all the latest technology available to carry out best coastal management practices on the Gold Coast. Meaning, surely dunes don’t need to be destroyed to assess the stability of a seawall.

The dunes are there for a reason – to protect the seawall which protects the development (plus more of course – I’m not that short sighted).

Stay dune alert.

A life long ambition for dune girl

Only to be inspired by the dynamic nature of dunes is also quite the characteristic that describes me too - Naomi Edwards.

That’s it! Forget 3, 5 and 10-year goals. If it can’t be rolled into something bigger, better and more meaningful it isn’t worth it.  Aim high with bite-size achievable goals and you’ll also fuel your enthusiasm for more – and remember to have fun along the way.

If you have been following one or one too many Coastal Tangents, it’s evident that I drop the ‘dune’ word quite frequently. The fundamental reasoning behind my obsession with dunes is due to the fact that dunes form the building blocks for sandy beaches and much, much more. Without dunes, there would be no beach and no beach could result in 86% of Australia’s population heading west to see the other kind of dunes – taking the assumption that most Australian’s love dunes too. Actually, this could be a good strategy for climate change adaptation (despite the peaking temperatures out west and by then Lake Eyre will probably be contaminated, dry or a pond for Ibises. Meh!). Though, wait long enough to reap the benefits of The Queensland Plan’s cyclic-futuristic goals, you could still be around in +2100 and west might be the cool new coastal dune hang out.

Geez, I am becoming an aging sour dune girl… or losing my dune.

Well, I really don’t intend to persuade your passion or lifelong goals towards dunes, rather grab your attention to follow my lifelong goal. That being to visit the largest dune on every continent and document the most hidden secrets of the near-too-pristine dunal systems.

So, just maybe, the closest I get to achieve my lifelong goal, the closest I may get to understand dunes, me and I. Did I just compare myself with a dune?  Dune – I am dune girl.