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Decades of work celebrated as Coastal Reserves Manager Retires

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s (GORCC) Coastal Reserves Manager Rod Goring has retired after 22 years of coastal management.

Mr Goring began his career working for GORCC in ­­­­1994 which was previously known as the Torquay Public Reserves Committee of Management before amalgamating with Lorne Foreshore Committee in 2004.

GORCC Chief Executive Officer Richard Davies said Mr Goring left a significant legacy of improvements to the coast.

“Rod is loved by many and will be greatly missed.  He has passionately implemented employment programs, coastal projects and upgrades of facilities both on public reserves and in GORCC operated caravan parks. “

One of Mr Goring’s proudest projects during his 22 years was the construction and development of the Point Danger Carpark and the ANZAC Memorial, which is now home to the Surf Coast’s largest memorial services on ANZAC day.

In his two decades of coastal management, Mr Goring has seen some major changes occur along the coast.

“I began here with a computer with no mouse, managing a caravan park and small team, trying to address a whole range of coastal matters in the 90s,” he said.

Catch the full story on our blog

Torquay Coast Action President Glenda Shomaly (left) and GORCC Conservation Supervisor Georgie Beale help keep the new vegetation well watered at the Point Impossible conservation site.

Australia says thank you to helping hands


National Volunteer Week was on once again from the 9-15 May and celebrates more than six million dedicated Australians, including local conservationist and Torquay Coast Action President Glenda Shomaly.

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Chief Executive Officer Richard Davies said environmental volunteers have helped to transform coastal habitats.

“Glenda Shomaly is an inspiring example of the benefits of volunteering to both the land and the people, who enjoy getting out and getting healthy in nature.”

The Torquay Coast Action President became involved in environmental conservation in Torquay more than 20 years ago after she saw fellow volunteer Roma Edwards carrying some plants at Jan Juc.

“After seeing Roma with the indigenous plants, I began to think about how working along the coast would be something I would enjoy doing.

“I find being involved in the environmental conservation groups is a great way to be near the ocean and contribute something positive to our landscape.

Have a look at some of our featured volunteers on the GORCC blog

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee would like to extend a huge thank you to all the environmental volunteers working along the coast.
GORCC CEO Richard Davies (Left) and Go Ride A Wave Director Nathan Taylor present this year's #SavetheHoodie competition winner Noah Crone with the major prize. 

#SaveTheHoodie winner announced

Geelong local Noah Crone has taken out this year’s #SaveTheHoodie major prize, generously donated by Go Ride A Wave. 

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s (GORCC) annual competition aims to encourage beachgoers to support the survival of the vulnerable Hooded Plover and give their chicks space during the busy summer breeding period. 

Local businesses have supported this year’s competition, donating prizes which included monthly ‘hoodies for hoodies’ from Ghanda and a Learn to Surf package with a full length 3/2 wetsuit by Go Ride A Wave.
 
The year 7 Saint Ignatius student said he was thrilled to win this year’s major #SaveTheHoodie prize and said he came across the competition when researching coast care opportunities along the Great Ocean Road.


GORCC Chief Executive Officer Richard Davies said he was delighted with the communities support during the 2015-16 breeding period.
 
“Our conservation team has observed a notable difference in beachgoer behaviour during this year’s campaign following greater community awareness about the birds.
 
“The results from this year’s campaign are highly encouraging and we would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers, local businesses and community members who have helped spread the word and supported this cause,” he said. 
 
For more information on Hooded Plovers and the local Surf Coast campaign, visit www.savethehoodie.com.au or www.birdlife.org.au/projects/beach-nesting-birds.

View the full media release here.
The new beach access ramp at Torquay Back Beach has opened this area of coast up to people of all ages and abilities. 

Coast becomes more accessible

Local land managers have committed to creating a more accessible coast, with upgrades to facilities and the provision of all-terrain wheelchairs happening in the area.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) and the Surf Coast Shire Council have been completing ongoing works to improve access to local beaches and coastal environments.

Infrastructure modifications have been conducted at Cosy Corner to widen disability toilet facilities and accommodate the Surf Coast Shire and state government funded all-terrain wheelchairs.

GORCC Chief Executive Officer Richard Davies said the changes were essential for the usability and practicality of the coast for people with limited mobility.

“We have these fantastic facilities in Torquay and are now ensuring that all disability amenities and access points are able to accommodate the beach friendly wheelchairs,” he said.

These four students assisted with the removal of invasive Coastal Tea Tree near Whites Beach as part of their Outdoor Education program. 

Students seek surf-side conservation 

Does school get any better than learning outside on a beautiful day on the Surf Coast? A group of year 9 St Joseph College students experienced the coast in all its glory this Friday as part of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s (GORCC) Environmental Education program.

Fifteen students swapped their regular classroom for the Torquay coastal reserves to participate in hands on conservation work near Whites Beach in Torquay as part of their outdoor education program.

GORCC Education Coordinator Pete Crowcroft said the practical aspect of GORCC’s environmental education programs allowed students to see how every day action impact the environment.

“GORCC’s education programs highlight how particular behaviours and activities can affect the coastal environment.

“We talked about dune stability and erosion control methods, as students were able to see the environmental damage caused by illegal access and dune surfing at Whites Beach.

“Dune systems are continually exposed to high winds, tides and rainfall and continue to be trampled by beachgoers leaving designated tracks and ignoring signs, which is having a devastating impact on local habitat.

Students worked in small groups to remove invasive woody weeds from the dune system to allow for native revegetation in winter.

Read more on the blog.

GORCC to manage Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park in 2017

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) is a not-for-profit organisation that manages 37km of public land and coastline from Torquay to Lorne. It receives no recurrent funding from any level of government. All funds raised through leases, permits and park operations are reinvested back into the community and the coast. Camping dollars not only improve the parks but also support education and environmental works programs, which in turn help to protect the future of the Great Ocean Road coastal environment.

GORCC will take on the operation of the Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park at the end of the current lease, December 2017, after a select tender process did not find an acceptable proposal for the value of the site.  The offers received resulted in a potential multi-million dollar net income shortfall over the life of the lease.  There was thorough oversight on the process in accordance with State Government Policy and Guidelines. Independent probity advice on the Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park Expression of Interest determined that the process was “fair and reasonable”.

In making this decision, GORCC is committed to:
  • Maintaining the park to at least current standards.
  • Ensuring all additional income goes back into park, coastline and Anglesea projects, which will be in excess of $2million per annum.

GORCC will also:

  • Ensure no camper, visitor or permit holder will be disadvantaged at the time of transition.
  • Deliver a multi-million investment package back into the park.
  • Retain local business and tourism arrangements.
  • Commit to no jobs losses. GORCC will meet with staff to discuss options.
  • Talk to the community and campers. GORCC will be doing a new master plan for the park, which will help to direct future investment.
For anyone in the area, GORCC representatives will be available for questions between 12.00-2.00, Friday 3 June at Anglesea Community House, 5 McMillan St, Anglesea VIC. RSVP to info@gorcc.com.au.

For further information please visit our website.
 

Roo family caught on coastal camera

The image of a kangaroo and her joey are among the new images capturing some of the coast’s diverse fauna as part of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s (GORCC) motion-sensor, infrared camera monitoring.

The cameras have been set up in Anglesea and Aireys Inlet in March and April to record and identify animal activity in coastal habitats to help guide conservation strategies.

GORCC Education Coordinator Pete Crowcroft said the latest pictures have been the most successful collection of animal images captured.

“We’ve had some really great photos from the Anglesea Heathlands and near the Aireys Inlet lighthouse, which highlight the diverse fauna living in our coastal habitats.”

“It’s very exciting to see continual animal presences in the rehabilitated conservation sites, especially rare species, such as the Rufous Bristlebird,” he said.'

View the full story on our blog. 

 

Coastal upgrades 

Coastal upgrades have been completed during April and May include:
  • The installation of solar lights and roof at the Point Roadknight boat ramp 
  • New edging has been installed at the Torquay Play Park
  • Upgrades at the Anglesea Boat ramp which include new lighting 
  • New solar lights installed along the Spring Creek footpath in Torquay
  • New lawn at the Erskine River Caravan Park area
  • Installed new drinking fountains near Anglesea Surf Club 
General maintenance works and other upgrades have also been completed across the coast.

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GORCC welcomes new Commercial Manager

Stephen Currie has joined the GORCC team as the new Commercial Manager. Stephen has 30 years experience working in the hospitality industry, which has included accommodation management, the management of pubs, restaurants and conferencing venues across Australia. 

A local to the Torquay area, Stephen is enjoying the relaxed lifestyle the area offers, and avoiding the peak hour traffic to and from Melbourne. 

Stephen is looking forward to working with the new caravan park management team at Torquay and Lorne Foreshore Caravan Parks to bring a fresh perspective and improve the customer experience at the holiday parks. 
 

Darian Road works commence

Works have commenced on the open space upgrade at Darian Road, Torquay and will take around eight weeks to complete, weather-permitting.

The new design will see improvements to safety and usability, providing the same number of car spaces as the current layout increasing the open space in the area for people to enjoy, while also protecting and enhancing the coastal environment.

The Sundial area will be temporarily inaccessible with minor disruptions to access to the Torquay Sailing Club during construction. The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee aims to minimise the inconvenience throughout the works.

For further information visit the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee website.

Caravan Park News - Winter Specials

TORQUAY FORESHORE CARAVAN PARK
STAY 3, PAY 2

Book 3 nights midweek in any one of our cabins this May or June* and you'll only pay for the equivalent of 2 nights accommodation.

Midweek special

Stay any night midweek during May in a Seaview cabins and receive 15% discount.

LORNE FORESHORE CARAVAN PARK
STAY 3, PAY 2!

Book 3 nights mid week in one of our Erskine or Park View cabins this May or June* and you'll only pay the equivalent of 2 nights accommodation.

*conditions apply, visit the caravan park websites for all the details

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