Published on: March 2021
North Sydney Yarnachists
Ms FELICITY WILSON (North Shore) (18:06:05):The Refuse of Coral Reef
I acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the North Sydney Yarnachists for their yarn‑storming project , currently displayed in Brett Whiteley Place, North Sydney. The North Sydney Yarnachists are local members of the Stanton Library's branch of the international charity Wrap With Love. The exhibit is the fifth major installation for the North Sydney local area and took three months to complete. The aim of the project is to increase awareness of the destruction of our Great Barrier Reef through rising sea temperatures, coral bleaching and contamination by plastics.
The project addresses two key aspects of the dying reef. Firstly, the shapes of the individual coral pieces are formed by inserting plastic products, to inform viewers about how microplastics are killing fish and coral through ingestion. Secondly, the project has been strategically placed where it will be affected by direct sunlight, wind drafts and car emissions. I thank all the ladies I met who did the installation: Dr Debra Phillips, Leona Greeves, Alpana Mehta, Mimi Suzuki, Linda Brooke, Suree Pritchard, Penny Lye, Jenny McDonald and the rest of the team. I enjoyed meeting with them and having them advocate alongside me to address single‑use plastics.