How will this event impact on the local environment?
Surfing South Australia is committed to environmental protection and improvement, in fact Surfing South Australia was the first State Sporting body in Australia to commit to offsetting all its carbon generation. We were also the first Pro Junior event to offset its carbon footprint – in the world.
We have an excellent relationship with Department of Environment and Natural Resources as a result of proactive work and cleanup of other peoples rubbish in conservation parks such as Waitpinga/Newland Head Conversation Park. Our delivery plan includes leaving any site in better condition than we found it.
Surfing South Australia is working with DENR and Birds Australia around a number of issues including the proper management of the Hooded Plovers.
Many of the event staff and volunteers with be trained to implement the Hooded Plover management plan.
Surfing South Australia sees the event as an opportunity to further raise awareness of the Hooded Plover.
If you are interested in becoming an environmental volunteer you should contact the Conservation Volunteers. Volunteers at this event will help ensure that the event has a minimum impact on the surrounding environment and educate spectators, competitors and officials about the unique wildlife and ecosystems on Kangaroo Island.
Daily tasks will include Hooded Plover (Critically Endangered) and White Bellied Sea Eagle surveys, marine debris and litter survey and collection, providing environmental education and handing out information regarding features of the local environment, wildlife and conservation efforts on Kangaroo Island, photo point monitoring and set up/pack up of event.
Other tasks may include bunting off sensitive areas, roping off Hooded Plover nesting areas, directing spectators to event site, car parking, camping areas and designated trails.
For further information visit: http://cvops.cva.org.au/project/info?projectId=43894
More than one third of the island is dedicated to national and conservation parks. Flinders Chase National Park is the biggest, taking up most of Kangaroo Island’s western side. Here you'll find the wind-sculpted Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and many endangered animal species.
Like the rest of the island, there are brilliant wild flowers and towering gum trees. At Cape Borda, climb the lighthouse and enjoy some of South Australia’s best views.
Kangaroo Island has tough quarantine laws. When you are packing, leave any honey and all bee-handling equipment at home.
Potatoes, yes potatoes, must be in new, unopened packaging. Destroy any peels or unused potatoes. Please don’t bring vine cuttings or grapevine soil here. Ensure your vehicle, boats, camping gear and hiking boots are free of mud and seeds.
Kangaroo Island, it’s truly something special.
Offsetting significant carbon emissions
The Kangaroo Island Surf & Music Festival 2011 will be monitoring, reducing and then offsetting unavoidable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the planning and delivery of the biggest surfing event South Australia has witnessed.
“Given the pristine location, logistical requirements and the enormous interest in the event, we have an ideal opportunity to increase the awareness of the local and global surf community to the challenge of human induced climate change and importantly pro-active steps we can take to mitigate this impact" said Steve Reddy, CEO of event organisers, Surfing South Australia.
"To this end are very proud to be working with energy and carbon specialists BalanceCarbon.
"We will be monitoring Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions using BalanceCarbon’s state of the art C3Online carbon accounting and reporting software and are committed to a range of reduction and abatement measures, which include the use of certified carbon offsets recognised under Australian standards".
Specifically Surfing South Australia will be monitoring
Natural Gas Consumption
An emissions management plan is also being developed to assist the event organisers in avoiding and minimising emissions as a result of the event.
This initiative, links with our broader commitment to delivering an event with minimal environmental impacts and to counter a demonstration of what can be done in delivering a world class event here in South Australia.