Participants in this slideshow highlight many of the activities that communities engage in. It is the energy of people that make a community.
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Margaret's shack, Cassie (Goolwa)
The shack from the water
Bathing beauties, David (Goolwa)
Surf club calendar
Theatre, David (Goolwa)
Strath youth theatre
There are many opportunities in our local communities for people to be involved in a wide range of projects and interests. Here, participants in the Strath Youth Theatre group (including my daughter Emma) are performing an evening of skits. She is "Lady Black Adder".
Lakes & Coorong Cockling, David (Goolwa)
Lakes & Coorong Cocklers working in the Southern Ocean
The original 3,000 Aboriginal residents of the Coorong region traditionally fished the rich marine, estuarine and freshwater resources of this highly productive ecosystem. Commercial fishing by white settlers is documented from as early as 1846, and soon developed into a significant supply of fish to the Adelaide Markets. A limited entry fishery with currently 37 licensed family businesses, it continues the conservative resource management tradition which has seen the fishery prosper through 151 years.
The diversity of species mirrors the diversity of habitat available to the fishery including the freshwater lakes Alexandrina and Albert, the estuarine/marine/hyper saline Coorong, and coastal waters extending out to three nautical miles from Goolwa Beach. The dominant commercial species of the fishery currently are yellow-eye mullet, mulloway, cockles, callop (golden perch), carp and to a lesser extent flounder and bony bream.
Fishing methods utilise low mechanisation coupled with highly energy efficient netting and manual harvest types. This results in low by-catch, highly specific methods when undertaken by the well-trained operators. Significant effort reduction has taken place over the past 20 years to make up for gear developments. The Fishery directly employs 73 people and indirectly up to 50 more. It produced a GVP in 2002/03 of over $5m, which contributes greatly to the regional economy.
Murray Mouth, David (Goolwa)
Picture of Murray mouth
The Murray Mouth is one of Australia's most recognised icons, and holds great significance for all Australians. The mouth is at risk of closing, because of the huge volumes of water extracted and diverted throughout the Murray Darling Basin. The drought much of Australia is currently experiencing exacerbates this.
Goolwa cemetery, David (Goolwa)
Historic grave at Goolwa cemetery