Three key Cittaslow values are: to work for a more sustainable environment; to encourage healthy living, especially through children and young people; and to work with the local community to build and maintain these values.
Cittaslow’s Environment Group works to implement these values. The group meets monthly on the third Monday of the month. Discussions at these meetings cover a wide range of topics from waste management, climate change, feral plants and animals, the Coorong, biodiversity and our plan to be part of the Council’s program to plant a million trees by 2030.
Our activities include:
Randell Road Clean-up
As part of KESAB’s Road Watch – Adopt a Road, a volunteer community-based initiative run in partnership with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport. Road Watch is a flexible, free volunteer program for schools, community groups and businesses. We perform regular clean-up of Randell Road on Hindmarsh Island.
The group works with our local schools on various environmental projects. Investigator College students are completing a Certificate 2 in Conservation and Land Management, while Goolwa Primary School’s Environment Group manages a vegetable garden and has been rehabilitating a native dune garden on the campus. Cittaslow awards a prize each year to the Goolwa Primary School’s Year 7 graduating student who has been the most active in the environment.
We have formed a Friends of Jekejere Park Group. Jekejere Park is right in the middle of Goolwa and contains an impressive collection of native plants including a stand of Quandongs (Santalum acuminatum). Our first working bees removed a huge amount of a native creeper that had killed several of the Quandongs. We have since planted 250 local native plants. We have a proposal before Council to expand the existing native plant interpretive infrastructure into an indigenous, culturally significant, plant trail.
Education on Waste
We monitor all the bins at our events to educate the public on the appropriate bin for their waste. We also organised a public screening of “A Plastic Ocean”, a film that graphically illustrates the massive impact of plastic on our oceans. Some of our members have observed a plastic free July.