Surfrider Perth (SP) is the newest addition to the Surfrider Australia family. It was only founded in September last year (2012) by Sarah Yani Vann-Sander and Steve Andrews, who had been involved with Surfrider in California. The branch also has one of the youngest demographics of all branches and is really energetic in making waves! Even though Perth is not renowned for its waves (rather lack thereof!) there is huge support for SP in the local surf culture and wider community. SP works closely with other marine-focussed groups and local councils. SP’s major campaign focus is aligned with the international Surfrider “Rise Above Plastics” campaign, and tries to tackle the issue of marine debris and single use plastics in a number of creative ways!
We have a monthly committee meetings at our HQ in Trigg on the first Sunday of every month. We usually have an arvo-sunset BBQ where everyone BYO’s food/ drinks and we make sure it’s a fun, social time as well! We are always looking for more enthusiastic people to come and get involved in our little tribe (all ages – from young groms to older salty dogs!). Aside from help organising SP initiatives we also need financial and resource support, so get in touch to get involved in whatever way you can on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Wheeler is the president of the Perth branch and can be contacted on email@example.com and 0429 679 022.
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