Community volunteer groups help to maintain our marine and coastal environment through activities such as revegetating coastal areas, building boardwalks, fencing, building tracks, monitoring native shorebirds and animals, presenting education and awareness raising sessions, plantings, landscaping coastal areas and protecting cultural sites.

There will always be a need for dedicated volunteers on our coast, and there are roles for people of all ages, interests and abilities. To join a community group or learn more about our magnificent coastal and marine environment, contact a Coastcare facilitator.

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Coastcare facilitators

Coastcare Statewide Coordinator

Bec Cross
03 5233 5593

Coastcare Port Phillip and Westernport

Philip Wierzbowski 
03 9450 8793

Coastcare Bellarine and Surf Coast

Rebecca Briody
0437 035 120

Coastcare Western Victoria

Adam Taylor 
0427 316 324

Coastcare Gippsland

Bruce Atkin
03 5183 9116

Bethany Hunting
03 5152 0473

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Summer by the Sea

More than 300 free activities will be on offer along Victoria’s coast between 2 and 26 January for Summer by the Sea.

In its 24th year, the program gives Victorians the chance to learn about the coastal environment on their doorstep while having fun at the same time.

Bookings will be open from mid December, please visit for program details and to book.

Coastcare Community Grants

2019 Coastcare Community Grants are now open!   For important dates, guidelines, FAQs and how to apply, click here.  

Coastcare Community Grants support volunteers and communities that play a key role in the ongoing protection and conservation of our coastal landscapes.

Training for coastal volunteers - register here

Earlier this year Coastcare offered training opportunities for volunteers to increase their capacity to manage public coastal and marine areas. The training was a great success with around 60 volunteers taking up the opportunity to develop their skills in occupational health and safety, first aid or safe chemical use. Coastcare is now pleased to offer another round of training in the following areas:

Social Media - 1-day course providing overview of how social media is used in Australia, what it is for and how it can be harnessed to maximum effect by volunteer groups.
Strategic Planning - 1-day course in strategic planning for volunteer groups. Assists groups in improving strategic focus, resource management and long-term planning.
First Aid level 2 - 1-day course covering provision of first aid, including CPR. Course also includes a CPR refresher for existing Level 2 volunteers.
Grant Writing - 5 hour workshop specifically designed to help community groups understand the grant application process and support them to access funding through grants.

The training will be held at various locations across the state including Warrnambool, Anglesea, Melbourne and Gippsland. Courses are being held in November/December 2018 and early 2019. All the training is funded by Coastcare, with additional funding available to assist volunteers with travel and accommodation costs if required. To find a course that suits you, click on the links below and book your date or ring your local Coastcare Facilitator.

Social Media – Venues and dates to be confirmed.

Strategic Planning- Warrnambool, Melbourne, Bairnsdale.

First Aid Level 2- Warrnambool, Bairnsdale.

First Aid Level 2 Refresher (CPR)- Warrnambool, Bairnsdale.  

Successful Grant Writing- Warrnambool, Anglesea, Melbourne, Bairnsdale.

Please note that limited spots are available, but more training sessions will be held in 2019!

Seal the Loop Program

Make a difference today by becoming a Bin Custodian!

Coastcare Victoria has partnered with Zoos Victoria in the Seal the Loop Program.

Thousands of marine birds, mammals, reptiles and fish are killed or injured each year due to poorly discarded fishing line. In fact, it is estimated that over 1,400 seals die every year in Australian waters from fishing line entanglement. Most fishing waste persists indefinitely in the marine environment, continuing to threaten wildlife long after it is discarded. 

The Seal the Loop campaign enables local community groups and passionate individuals to take ownership of specially designed bins. The bins provide a place for fishing waste to be discarded safely, away from wildlife and weather.

There are currently over 250 Seal the Loop bins in Victoria, and we hope volunteers like you will help us implement many more in fishing spots all along our waterways and beaches. 

To find out more on how to be involved, contact your local Coastcare facilitator or email


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Coastcare Volunteer Forum 2017

In April 2017 Coastcare, with support from the Phillip Island Nature Parks and community volunteers, organised a forum to connect and inspire Coastcare volunteers from across the state.

For more information and to access some of the resources shared at the forum, please click below.

Around 90 enthusiastic people from across the state, representing over 65 volunteer groups including Coastcare, Landcare, ‘Friends’ groups and many more, gathered on Phillip Island for the Coastcare Volunteer Forum on the last weekend in April 2017.

Fieldtrips to learn about the amazing work happening on our coast generated optimism and enthusiasm and workshops allowed volunteers to learn new skills.

This program was developed by Coastcare staff in partnership with key local volunteers Gayle Seddon and Mike Cleeland.

Coastcare thanks Phillip Island Nature Parks for their wonderful support of the forum, the efforts of staff and local volunteers was fundamental to the success of the forum.

We look forward to the next Coastcare Forum in 2019.

Below are some of the resources shared at the forum. For more information contact your Coastcare Facilitator.

Using Social Media

Tangaroa Blue Foundation

Social Media Posting Strategy

Mapping with Smartphones

Applying for Grants

Engaging CALD Communities

Social Media Open Space Notes

Child Safe Standards Open Space Notes

Coastal Education Open Space Notes

Dogs on Beaches Open Space Notes

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