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Welcome to the GORCC Coastal Volunteer Bulletin November 2015

This bulletin is published by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) quarterly for everyone interested in environmental volunteering on the coast.  Occasionally, where there is time sensitive information, a special edition will be published.
 
If you or your group has some news or information you want to share with other volunteers and community groups please get in touch here and let us know. 


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Jan Juc Coast Action volunteers Ian and Roma Edwards - JJCA was a 2014 Coastal Grant recipient. Photo: Ferne Millen Photography

GORCC Coastal Grants now open


$10,000 in funds is now available for groups looking to protect and enhance the coastal environment as part of the GORCC's annual Coastal Grants Program.

Each year, funds are made available for projects that benefit the 37km of coastal Crown land under GORCC management between Torquay and Lorne.

$2500 per project is available, and any groups with projects aimed at making a positive impact on the natural values of the GORCC-managed coast are encouraged to apply.

Please note: any group that received a 2014 grant must complete a grant report.  Any groups not completing a grant report will be ineligible to apply in 2015.

More information is available at www.gorcc.com.au/about-us/190/.

John Wilson of Freinds of Queens Park with Sweet Pittosporum.  Photo: Ferne Millen Photography.

Teamwork trumps Lorne weeds

Lorne volunteer groups have combined to tackle invasive weeds as part of an annual effort to conserve local parklands, while encouraging others to take small, environmentally-aware actions every day.

Friends of Queens Park (FoQP) and LorneCare conducted three intensive working bees between August and October, teaming up to overcome weeds in Queens Park.

They have been working on managing and removing invasive weeds such as Sweet Pittosporum, boneseeds and cape broom.

FoQP Chairman John Wilson said that while weed removal was a priority and essential to protecting and enhancing biodiversity, the group was also focussing on educating others.

“FoQP is trying to let people know that conservation extends beyond weed control, and that the real meaning of conservation is about making environmentally conscious choices in our everyday living,” he said.

Simple actions such as staying on designated walking tracks, removing environmental weeds from your garden can avoiding fenced off areas can make a real difference in the preservations of fragile ecosystems.

Read more about their efforts on our blog.

Luke Hynes - JJCA Chair - with volunteers at a working bee earlier this year.  Photo: Ferne Millen Photography.
 

Jan Juc volunteers receive prestigious award


Jan Juc Coast Action (JJCA) have been announced as joint winners of the Natural Environment category in the Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence.

The Awards, which were held by the Victorian Coastal Council on October 15, celebrate the outstanding work of individuals and groups in enhancing and protecting Victoria’s coastal and marine environments.

Over the past 21 years, JJCA has worked to rehabilitate the Jan Juc foreshore.  One of the group's most recent projects is the launch of their online searchable plant database, the Surf Coast Nature Search, which aims to increase awareness of native plant species and decrease the planting of invasive weeds amongst locals and tourists.

For more on JJCA's win and the awards, read the full story on our blog.

A Swamp Wallaby captured near Anglesea.


Monitoring update: Fauna continues to be captured


Infrared cameras installed on GORCC coastal conservation sites are continuing to capture both native and invasive wildlife, with new footage streaming in.

The monitoring program, which began in April this year, has been providing the GORCC conservation team with insights into the wildlife that inhabits the local area.

In the past two months native wildlife such as a Swamp Wallaby, and Echidna have been captured on the cameras.

The rare Rufous Bristlebird has also made number of appearances, the most recent in October at Point Impossible.

Read more and take a look at our gallery of recent animals captured here.

Go Ride A Wave owner/director Nathan Taylor, Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast regional Coordinator Sue Guinness, Ghanda Torquay’s Melissa Thompson and Great Ocean Road Coast Committee chief executive officer Richard Davies

#SaveTheHoodie campaign launched for 15/16

Local businesses Go Ride A Wave (GRAW) and Ghanda Clothing Torquay have thrown their support behind this year’s #SaveTheHoodie campaign, offering great prizes to those who enter.

The campaign looks to change user behaviour, encouraging humans (and particularly dog owners) to give hoodies space and adhere to dog laws.

Ghanda has donated ‘Hoodies for Hoodies’, with one hoodie to be won every month, while one lucky winner will receive the grand prize – a full length 3/2 Quiksilver wetsuit and learn to surf 5 lesson package donated by GRAW.

The campaign supports the intensive on ground efforts undertaken by the Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast volunteers and the GORCC Conservation team.

For more on the Save the Hoodie campaign, visit www.savethehoodie.com.au.

To learn more about Hooded Plovers or to become a volunteer monitor contact BirdLife Australia at hoodedplover@birdlife.org.au, visit their beach nesting bird project page at www.birdlife.org.au/projects/beach-nesting-birds or visit the MyHoodie website.

The Jacky Lizard found at Fishermans Beach.

Reptile at Fishos signals return of fauna

The GORCC Conservation Team recently discovery a Jacky Lizard (or Tree Dragon) at a revegetated site at Fishermans Beach. 

The shy reptile is often difficult to spot, and is one of the largest reptiles and the only dragon to call our local area home.

The team has been encouraged by the sighting, which marks the return of fauna to was a weed infested site just two years ago. 

GORCC Conservation Team member Rachael Beecham. Photo: Ferne Millen Photography

Revised Native Vegetation and Weed Action Plan (NVWAP) online
 

Many of you will already be aware that GORCC's NVWAP is now available for viewing on the GORCC website. GORCC engaged locally based consultant Luke Hynes of Beacon Ecological to lead the revision of the original 2009 NVWAP. 

The updated 2015 NVWAP will guide GORCC’s on-ground conservation work over the next five years and aims to protect and enhance ecological values along the 37km of coast under GORCC’s care.

The plan can be viewed here.

Local artist Mark Trinham who has worked with SCIPN to create the series.

Final wildlife series ready for collection


The third and final series of Surf Coast and Inland Plains Landcare Network (SCIPN) Wildlife Cards is here, with the unique, locally created cards available at selected outlets from the 23rd November.

The three-part-series features 135 indigenous fauna species that call the coast home, with a focus on wildlife native to the Thompsons Creek and Spring Creek areas.

Beautifully hand painted by local artist Mark Trinham, each card features an animal in its natural habitat with further information about that species on the back.  

The SCIPN-led project has been sponsored by a large number of businesses and organisations including the City of Greater Geelong, GORCC, Barwon Coast Committee, ANGAIR, Jan Juc Coast Action, Torquay Coast Action, SANE, Zeally Bay Sourdough, Beacon Ecological, Bellroy, Oishi-M, Simon Mitchell Ecological Rehabilitation Services, Absolutions Ecology, Ecotonic Environmental Solutions, West Coast Indigenous Nursery, Borongarook Weed and Vermin Contro, and Coastal Forest Lodge.
 
For more information, visit http://www.scipn.org.au/ . An exhibition will be conducted in Torquay later this month to showcase the 135 original paintings by Mark Trinham. More are available at www.marktrinham.com.au.
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