The Kiama Pelican Story Project serves as a constant reminder to the community and visitors that when they litter in the streets, it has a direct impact on the local marine life. The Pelican Story involved a pelican eating some plastic bags and being found dead in Kiama Harbour. The project is coordinated by the Kiama Tidy Towns Committee and Kiama Municipal Council, but also involves many other organisations and individuals who helped to make it a success.
The project has involved several components including erection of a Pelican Statue at Kiama Harbour, development of Kiama Pelican calico bags, brochures and school activity sheets, and promotion of the Kiama Pelican Story at several Council and Tidy Towns events and at talks to various community groups.
The bronze-mix statue was made by artist Tim Johnman and was erected at Kiama Harbour in December 2002. The plaque underneath the statue explains the Pelican Story and asks the community to protect our bird and marine life by disposing of all litter properly. A second identical transportable statue was also produced to use as an educational tool for visits to shopping centres, schools and at environmental events.
Kiama Pelican Story Project brochures are available at over 15 businesses throughout Kiama and Kiama Pelican calico bags are being sold at the Council, Kiama Visitors' Centre and Kiama Newsagency as an alternative to plastic bags.
These are activity sheets for children with lots of puzzles and fun.
Last updated: Wednesday 11 November, 2009