Coastal news and updates from GORCC

Welcome to Coast News (July 2015)

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Both coastal reserves & caravan parks will see significant investment this financial year.

15/16 budget announced

GORCC’s budget for 2015/2016 has been announced with both coastal reserves and caravan parks to see significant investment over the next financial year.

More than $1.6 million is earmarked for special coastal projects including:
  • Upgrades and improvements to the Lorne Foreshore (including playground upgrades, drinking fountains, picnic tables and new BBQs) ($50,000)
  • Lorne pathway and boardwalk improvements ($150,000)
  • Teddy’s Lookout access improvements ($50,000)
  • Torquay playground and BBQ area improvements ($76,000)
  • Elephant Walk Car Park redevelopment ($170,000)
  • Anglesea to Moggs Creek coastal accessibility improvements ($200,000)
  • Torquay Front Beach improvements ($300,000)
  • Queens Park (Lorne) plan implementation ($50,000)
The Torquay and Lorne Foreshore Caravan Parks will also benefit from a significant spend with $1.2 million to be split evenly between each park.   Priority park projects include the rebuilding of an amenities block at Torquay plus camper amenity upgrades in both parks such as new washing machines, BBQ replacements and playground works.  

GORCC is also funding acoustic quality improvements for the Torquay Angling Club’s club/community rooms and supporting the Torquay Marine Rescue Service to develop and install improved fuel storage for their rescue boats.

GORCC’s dedication to environmental protection and enhancement as well as environmental education will also remain a priority, with intensive works and programs to continue across the coast.

Learn more about GORCC's income and expenditure here.

Moggs Creek is one area considered in the Fairhaven to Eastern View Master Plan.

Fairhaven to Eastern View Master Plan update

A consultation report detailing feedback on the Draft Fairhaven to Eastern View Master Plan has been released.

The report was presented to the Committee at its June meeting, and following consideration of the feedback, a final plan has been developed. The final plan has been approved by the Committee to be submitted to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for Coastal Management Act consent prior to its public release.

The Committee recognised, in particular, the high level of community interest in the iconic ‘Arch’ precinct at Eastern View, which revealed specific concerns regarding management of the high visitation of this area as well as traffic issues and pedestrian safety.

In response, the Committee has approved the preparation of a specific, detailed, stand-alone plan for this precinct which will build on previous master planning work undertaken in 2007.  The 2007 planning process gave rise to the well-known ‘diggers’ statue on the site.

The planning process has been fully funded for the 15/16 financial year and will consider the traffic and pedestrian issues, site facilities and visitor amenities.

New Committee member Jaclyn Scally on the Torquay foreshore.

New committee member for GORCC

The Committee has a new member, with environmental scientist Jacklyn Scally joining the team this month following her appointment by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.  

Jaclyn brings a wealth of knowledge to the group, having experience in areas such as environmental management, strategy development, community and stakeholder engagement, and social research.

Jaclyn has worked with the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, G21 and the Moyne Shire and is now a consultant for RMCG, Torquay.  Jaclyn also has a passion for volunteering and was one of the founding members of the Ocean Grove Coastcare group.

Works have commenced to upgrade the Elephant Walk Precinct in Torquay.

Elephant Walk playground and car park works

Works have commenced in the Elephant Walk car park and playground upgrades.

The $225,000 project will see improvements to pedestrian safety, an increase in grassy open space, protection of existing trees, an increase in indigenous vegetation and the provision of disabled parking.

The construction, which is being undertaken by Harcom Geelong, is expected to take approximately 6 weeks, depending on weather.

Signs have been placed on site to inform the community about the works, and the car park will be closed for the duration of the works to ensure everyone’s safety.

More information on the project is available here.

A 'Hoodie' being tagged as part of the research project (photo provided by Deakin University)

Research highlights vital hoodie sites

New research conducted by Deakin University and Birdlife Australia has found that endangered Hooded Plovers select breeding locations based on food availability.

The research compared 56 different beach sites across the state in an attempt to identify potential breeding sites and understand how many Hooded Plovers should ideally exist in Victoria.

The research has provided an insight to how much habitat is actually suitable for Hooded Plovers and the types of food sources they look for when breeding.

The results also confirm how vital each breeding site is to the survival of the species, and will assist in the identification of potential future sites.  

Read the full story on our blog.

Gazanias, while colourful and pretty, are also an invasive weed and should be removed from coastal gardens.

Wipe out weeds this winter

Winter is the perfect time to combat the spread of environmental weeds and revegetate residential gardens with beautiful indigenous alternatives.

Environmental weeds, which are a major threat to indigenous flora and fauna, are often popular garden plants such as agapanthus, freesias and gazania’s.

There are many colourful indigenous alternatives that will provide a haven for wildlife and protect fragile coastal habitats.  

Weed eradication programs are a vital component of GORCC’s extensive conservation effort and every weed removed from your garden is one less invasive plant that will spread to coastal reserves.

Contact us

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee
Ph. (03) 5220 5055
Fax. (03) 5264 7763
Mail. PO Box 53 (35 Bell Street), Torquay VIC 3228

For more news, stories and updates from the coast, visit our blog here.


Education key for new role

GORCC has announced further investment in environmental education with a new part time Education Coordinator role commencing this week.

Peter Crowcroft has been engaged In the role, which will include the administration, delivery and evaluation of GORCC’s suite of environmental education programs. 

The varied programs see hundreds of participants of all ages get involved in coastal protection each year. 

Pete, who has qualifications in science and education, has a wealth of conservation and education skills and experience and has worked with GORCC as a Conservation Worker and an Education Activity Leader. 

Learn more about GORCC’s free environmental education programs here.

TripAdvisor award for Torquay Park

The Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park has won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on positive customer reviews.

Founded in 2010, the Certificate of Excellence award honours hospitality businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.

Properties that are awarded the Certificate of Excellence demonstrate hospitality excellence and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

Thank you to every guest who has taken the time to review the park.

Whites Beach works underway

Works are underway to build a new amenities block for Whites Beach. 

The project, which will see a new facility established for this popular site, will cost approximately $90,000 and is part of the Torquay Foreshore Master Plan.

Works are expected to take approximately 4 weeks with the facility to be opened by the end of August.

Learn more about the project here.

Surfrider community clean up for Jan Juc

The Surfrider Foundation (Surf Coast Branch) and Plastic Bag Free Torquay recently worked together to conduct a Jan Juc litter blitz, uncovering some interesting items of rubbish along the way.

Volunteers helped collect 25 large bags of litter, including an old carpet, broken fishing rod, body-board, tent and lots of plastic and glass tumblers – all items that would otherwise ended up in the ocean.

Hot refreshments were provided by Mark Clatworthy from Ocean Grind who donated the day’s profits to the Surfrider Foundation.

Read the full story here on our blog.

Lorne Pool Precinct works

The pool precinct in Lorne is undergoing works with the precinct’s lessee now implementing the third and final stage of redevelopment for the site.

The upgrades will result in a new area of the precinct which will house retail, lifestyle, wellness and fitness areas while solar panels will be installed on the roof.

Additionally, as part of the master plan a new board walk will be built linking the Grove Road Car Park to the beach (replacing the old access).  The new boardwalk will include lighting and be surrounded by landscaped areas.


Grants available

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Our Community is a great resource for community and volunteer groups, offering a monthly Easy Grants newsletter and all sorts of other advice and tools for not-for-profit groups, including training in areas such as grant writing and fundraising. 

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is appointed by the Victorian Government to manage 37 kilometres of Crown land foreshore reserves along the Great Ocean Road between Torquay and Lorne. We are a small community-based, not-for-profit organisation comprising 12 voluntary committee members and around 30 staff and we want everyone to love, protect and enjoy our beautiful coast as much as we do!

Our work includes the protection of natural and cultural values along the coast, operation and maintenance of coastal assets, infrastructure and facilities, and the running of caravan parks in Torquay and Lorne. Great Ocean Road Coast News is produced bi-monthly to keep you informed about our work and coastal news and issues in general.

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