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Coastal grants now open

The 2016 Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Coastal Grants applications are now open. $10,000 is up for grabs from local community groups, schools, and volunteer organisations. 

Great Ocean Road Coast Chief Executive Officer Richard Davies said the coastal grants aimed to strengthen community engagement with the natural environment and offer financial support to help implement local projects.

“Community groups, including environmental volunteer groups, are an integral component to the conservation work the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee conducts between Torquay and Lorne.

“These grants are a fantastic way to foster environmental stewardship and partner with community projects that will benefit all visitors to the coast.”

Grant applications are now open and will close Friday December 9 at 5pm. More information, including the online application form is available here.

Other environmental grants opening soon:

The Norman Whettenhall Foundation - Small Environmental Grant Scheme - Opens 20 December 2016

Staff from Great Ocean Road Coast, CFA, Victoria Police and the Surf Coast Shire are appalled by the damage to the area and urge the community to report any illegal activity to the police.

Escaped campfire at Steps in Jan Juc

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, CFA, Victoria Police, and Surf Coast Shire have joined forces to remind people of the dangers of fires in dunes and remnant vegetation along the Surf Coast.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s Conservation Supervisor, Georgie Beale said an unattended campfire was discovered on Sunday 9 October in bushland behind Steps Access Track, Jan Juc.

“We need the public to be our eyes and ears and report any illegal behaviour in sensitive coastal habitats,” said Ms Beale.

“Despite the great efforts to revegetate this area over many years, it also has a history of environmental damage caused by illegal camping and parties.  We as a community need to stamp it out in the interests of public safety, and to protect our precious coastline.”

CFA Lieutenant Tim Tingiri from the Torquay Fire Brigade said the fire was located in a difficult area on a day with high winds.

“We were able to contain this fire to around 3 metres by 3 metres.   If any member of the public sees a fire an early call to 000 is critical.”

Mr Tingiri said now was a good time for people to update their fire plans, prior to summer.

The incident was referred to Victoria Police.

Bill McKellar is named Rotary Club of Kardinia's Volunteer of the Year for his environmental conservation work with ANGAIR.

Life member named 'Volunteer of the Year'

Life member of the Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna (ANGAIR) Bill McKellar was recently awarded Volunteer of the Year from the Rotary Club of Kardinia for his ongoing commitment with the environmental group.

The award aims to recognise some of the many outstanding volunteers who donate their time to community organisations, charities or clubs in the Geelong and Surf Coast region.

ANGAIR President Peter Forster, says the group owes much to Bill for his dedication in promoting environmental conservation to protect and enhance the coastal area.

“The most striking attribute of Bill is his ability to make everyone feel welcome, comfortable and useful when they volunteer.

“Bill inspires many young people to develop a life-long interest in our considerable amounts of unique flora and fauna,” he said.

Bill started off growing his own plants in his backyard and was instrumental in setting up the ANGAIR propagation group 11 years ago, now working with an active group of 25 volunteer members.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee would like to extend a big thank you to Bill for his ongoing dedication to environmental conservation in the Anglesea region. 

Read the full story on our Great Ocean Road Coast blog. 

Rip Curl staff plant hundreds of trees at the newly restored Deep Creek area, supporting Torquay Coast Action's work. 

Rip Curl digs in for Planet Day

Rip Curl Australia (RCA) staff swapped their normal office for the coast in the annual RCA Planet Day on October 13-14.

Each year, Rip Curl staff from the Torquay Head Office donate one working day to environmental volunteering, partnering with the Great Ocean Road Coast, the Surf Coast ShireParks Victoria, and local volunteer groups.

More than 85,000 indigenous species have been planted, with thousands of weeds removed along coastal reserves between Point Impossible and Bells Beach since the idea of Planet Day began in 2000.

Great Ocean Road Coast Conservation Supervisor Georgie Beale said the contribution Rip Curl Australia makes to coastal conservation over two days is hugely beneficial to the ongoing management of the coastal reserves.

“Throughout the year we have several groups donate their time and resources to environmental conservation and without their contributions, the coast would be a very different landscape,” she said. 

“We are truly grateful to Rip Curl for their ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability.  We might have even recruited a few new friends and volunteer group members!”

Full story is over on our Great Ocean Road Coast log.

Students help remove invasive weeds long the Jan Juc cliffs, supporting the conservation work of Jan Juc Coast Action group. 

MacKillop pays coast a visit

A group of Year 11 students from MacKillop College, Werribee visited the Surf Coast for their Outdoor and Environmental studies camp last week.

The group spent two days on the coast looking at the variety of uses including recreation, commercial, and conservation activities as part of their VCE studies.

The aim is to allow students to gain a different perspective on the natural environment and a unique appreciation through each user group activity.

MacKillop College Outdoor and Environmental Studies teacher Steven Holmes said the camp included an all hands on experience, to provide a practical understanding for the various theories studied in class. 

“Students have completed several assessments about human impacts on the environment, particularly the coast, and during the two days on the coast, get to enhance their understanding through practical applications of the content,” he said.

For the full story and photos, visit our Great Ocean Road Coast blog

The Green Army graduates on their final day with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee. 

Green Army Graduates

The May intake of the Green Army team has graduated after completing six months of environmental conservation work on the Surf Coast.

The Federal Government funded Green Army initiative supports the hands-on environmental training and development of youths aged between 17 and 24.

The Green Army has been working on over 20 sites along the Great Ocean Road Coast managed land, assisting the Conservation Team and environmental volunteers to achieve objectives to improve the natural values of the coast.

Full story and photos on our blog.

The fallen Moonah Tree in front of the Anglesea Motor Yacht Club, Point Roadknight. 

Point Roadknight erosion update

Strong winds on Sunday night have seen a Moonah tree at Point Roadknight, Anglesea, fall into a fenced off area in front of an eroding cliff.
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s Coastal Reserves Manager Caleb Hurrell said reserves crews were cleaning up the site.

“While communities of Moonah trees are federally listed as threatened, this was a natural process and the fallen tree now creates habitat and protection for our native wildlife and trap sand, which in turn helps protect the coast from erosion."
Mr Hurrell said Great Ocean Road Coast would work to make the tree fall area as visually appealing as possible, while allowing natural processes to occur. 

View the full media release here.

Save the Hoodie Competition now on

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Caravan Park news

Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park
  • Erskine River amenity block upgrade is completed with a new toilet for people with a disability, family bathroom and upgraded toilet and shower facilities. 
  • Two water tanks and a fire reel have also been installed at Erskine River caravan park in accordance with fire regulations. 
  • The Ocean Road caravan park received a fire system upgrade ahead of the summer season. 
  • Foodworks supermarket has extended their building, resulting in some changes to Ocean Road caravan sites.
  • Keyless, electronic access are being installed at all Lorne amenity blocks.

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
  • Five new barbecues and pergolas are being installed in the caravan park and will be completed by the end of November. 
  • Keyless, electronic access is now in operation at all Torquay amenity blocks

Final stage for Split Point works

The Split Point lookout upgrades in Aireys Inlet is nearing completion with the final concreting to take place in the next two weeks.

Two new viewing platforms have been constructed to sensitively complement previous works in the area and catering for increasing numbers of visitors along the Great Ocean Road.

Elephant Walk playground repairs underway

Deck repairs are underway at the Torquay Foreshore Elephant Walk Playground as part of Great Ocean Road Coast routine safety repairs. 

The old wooden boards are being replaced in stages with new Cyprus pine to be installed over the next two weeks. 

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