The Great Southern Reef (GSR) fringes over 8000 km of Australia’s temperate southern coast, from Kalbarri, WA to Moreton Bay, QLD. Despite approximately 70% of Australians living nearby this interconnected reef system, few know what it’s diverse environments look like and how important they are. The audience will journey the length of this spectacular coastline and reef, delving deeply into the stories and science that make this ecosystem so vital from an environmental, socio-economic, and cultural perspective.
The fragility of humans’ dependent relationship with natural environments is central to the storyline. For a foundation we will explore Australian First Nations’ culture, environmental identities in song and story, and the concept of country as one interconnected system. This core will be linked to biological, social, and cultural connections to the Great Southern Reef in contemporary Australia. We draw on personal accounts from across the region for the narrative of the film.