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Great Ocean Road Coast Volunteer Bulletin

This bulletin is being published by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee quarterly and is a source of news and information for all those interested in environmental volunteering on the coast.

We plan on covering anything and everything relevant to coastal volunteering in this bulletin. This includes grant and funding opportunities, training days, volunteering events, and news and stories from other groups.  

So, if you or your group has some important (or interesting!) news or information you want to share, please get in touch here and let us know!  We can't wait to hear from you.

In this edition:


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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.

Mr McKellar 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 conservation work along the Great Ocean Road. 

Read the full article on our blog!

Coastal grant now open

The 2016 Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Coastal Grants applications are now open. $10,000 is up for grabs for 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 9 December 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
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.

The additional man power these young enthusiasts offered has been greatly appreciated.

Great Ocean Road Coast's Conservation Supervisor Georgie Beale said there was still no news on the next intake for Green Army applications, but will let volunteer groups know when she does. 

Full story and photos on our blog.

Friends of Queens Park and LorneCare volunteers gather for a BBQ after the hard work. 

Lorne tackles Queens Park 

LorneCare and Friends of Queens Park have once again teamed up over August, September and October to tackle the invasive woody weeds  boneseed, cape broom and sweet pittosporum. 

The joint working bees are conducted annually with each working bee focusing on one particular weed which is in flower, allowing volunteers to easily identify the invasive species.

Friends of Queens Park Chairman John Wilson said the group's primary focus was the conservation and preservation of Queens Park. 

"It was great to see more than 20 people attending each working bee. There was a great sense of comradery throughout the day and we even had some new volunteers joining in," he said.

LorneCare's Co-convener, Alain Purnell, said the group welcomed the three-way partnership that had developed between their group, Friends of Queens Park and GORCC as a result of this annual combined effort to enhance the beauty of Queens Park.

"This year, as a result of the wet winter the weeds were prolific but the ground was significantly softer so they were easier to pull out.

Mr Purnell said the social component was his favourite part of the collaborative working bees with the traditional BBQ at the end strengthen the bonds between the groups.

Jan Juc Coast Action's Luke Hynes and the Great Ocean Road Coast's Pete Crowcroft team up to tackle weeds along the Jan Juc Cliffs along with Year 11 MacKillop College students. 

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

Teaming up with the Great Ocean Road Coast and Jan Juc Coast Action, the group helped remove invasive grasses near the Bird Rock lookouts to allow students to gain a different perspective on the natural environment. 

More photos from the day on our blog. 

Polygala is an invasive South African species which is often seen in coastal areas.

Polygala gets the boot 

A combined session with the Great Ocean Road Coast, ANGAIR and Geelong High School is on later this month to remove the invasive polygala weed from Melba Parade. 

The collaborative approach to tackling this South African weed aims to eliminate the spread to other coastal areas. 

The Geelong High School group will also learn about the importance of native vegetation and the threatened Hooded Plover. 

The Great Ocean Road Coast will also be working with Operation New Start students - a program aimed at keeping at risk year 9 students engaged in their curriculum - to remove the invasive weeds in November as well. 
November is time to remove all green waste with free green waste disposal all month. 

Free green waste disposal in November

Free green waste disposal is available at Anglesea, Lorne and Winchelsea transfer stations in November to encourage residents to clean-up their properties before fire season.

The free service is available to all Surf Coast Shire residents and to commercial customers who are undertaking works on behalf of residents.

Up to three cubic metres of green waste can be deposited each day from 1 November to 30 November.  Materials accepted are tree prunings, garden clippings, grass and leaf litter. Agapanthus and noxious weeds in seed will be charged as general waste. Tree trunks will be charged the appropriate fee.

Transfer station attendants will assess each load and request identification – a rates notice, utility notice or driver’s licence showing a Surf Coast Shire property address.

For transfer station opening hours please contact Council on 5261 0600 or visit the Waste Disposal Sites page.

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