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News no tags 15 Jul 2019

My Community Project - Vote for the Manly Festival of Seaweed

NSW Government My Community Project - Manly Festival of Seaweed

Seaweeds meet Science, Art & Food

A fun, participatory and educational festival celebrating our wonderous underwater forests 

SIMS and Operation Crayweed are excited to be partnering with the Dorset-Sutton Initiative to put forward the Manly Festival of Seaweed as a project for funding.

And  if you live in the Manly electorate you get to support us first hand by voting for our project to receive funding through the NSW Government My Community Project scheme made possible by the NSW Generations Fund.

Photo right: SIMS CEO, Professor Peter Steinberg (R) and Community Applicants Dorset Sutton and Jenny Lim discuss the project with MP for Manly James Griffin. 


What’s this project about? 

Seaweeds are the underwater trees that underpin Sydney’s marine environments. They provide critical habitat and support hundreds of marine species by offering food and shelter, while quietly capturing atmospheric carbon dioxide and producing precious oxygen.

This festival invites the community to engage in a celebration of these remarkable coastal ecosystems through food, art and science, and to hear about how we are restoring these underwater forests along 70 km of Sydney’s coastline (including at Cabbage Tree Bay in Manly!). 


The festival will include a major art installation, hands-on marine restoration of lost crayweed forests, films, art workshops and cooking demonstrations. A seaweed inspired temporary pavilion at Shelly Beach will host a range of activities while presenting itself as a sculptural architectural piece that entices vistors to enter. 


The funding requested will be used to obtain the necessary equipment for the festival set-up, to coordinate the event, create the art installation, and to provide free stalls to host cooking demonstrations.

Vote for Manly Festival of Seaweed because...

  • This free-entry festival will enhance Manly's cultural life by blending art, food and science to celebrate Sydney's underwater forests, and to hear what the community and scientists are doing to restore these forests where they have been lost.
  • This event will provide opportunities to see, touch and taste seaweeds, via hands-on participation in an underwater restoration project that is re-establishing long-lost seaweed forests and via cooking demonstrations
  • By fostering stronger relationships between Sydneysiders and their local marine environment, this project aims to enhance community wellbeing and increase stewardship and protection of our marine environment for generations to come

Find all the detail re voting here https://static.nsw.gov.au/nsw-gov-au/1561417005/MCP-Voter-Fact-Sheet.pdf