It started in 2016, just 2 of us, Ian Curr and myself with a spontaneous action to swim to Yerra-bin (King) Island, at the end of the sandbar off Wellington Point, as part of the EDOs fund raising. We thought that if you are going to “Swim for the Reef”, you should swim in the ocean near a reef. As we have been swimming to this island for some years now, it seemed appropriate to make this our venue for Swim for the Reef. We are in fact swimming for all reefs, now under threat by numerous human impacts on our natural environment. These include our unsustainable use of fossil fuels which is now causing global warming and plastics pollution. There are solutions including the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy. This is now technologically and economically possible. This swim supports the transition to renewables.
In 2017, that expanded to 4 swimmers, Susan Phillips, Peter Harker, Ian and I. We were supported by friends in kayaks, together with some spontaneous supporters on the day who came on additional kayaks and a stand-up paddle board.
We swim along the side of the sandbank to Yerra-bin Island. This bank is unique in that it is made up of broken coral from the underpinning ancient reef extending from Yerra-bin to Ormiston, and the breakdown of the basaltic lava flow from Mt. Cotton. This makes the sand particles much larger and heavier than the white silica sand of North Stradbroke Island. Hence the sandbank is more stable than similar white sandbanks, and is a habitat for small crustaceans and associated feeders such as stingrays.
This year, we need more swimmers please, at least 10 or so. Again we will have some kayakers supporting us. Look forward to having you join us.