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
bec.cross@delwp.vic.gov.au

Coastcare Port Phillip and Westernport

Philip Wierzbowski 
03 9450 8793
phillip.wierzbowski@delwp.vic.gov.au

Coastcare Bellarine and Surf Coast

Rebecca Briody
0437 035 120
Rebecca.briody@delwp.vic.gov.au

Coastcare Western Victoria

Adam Taylor 
0427 316 324
adam.taylor@delwp.vic.gov.au

Coastcare Gippsland

Bruce Atkin
03 5183 9116
bruce.atkin@delwp.vic.gov.au

Bethany Hunting
03 5152 0473
bethany.hunting@delwp.vic.gov.au

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Summer by the Sea

More than 300 free activities will be on offer along Victoria’s coast between 2 and 28 January for Summer by the Sea.

In its 22nd year, the program gives Victorians the chance to learn about the coastal environment on their doorstep while having fun at the same time.

Bookings are now open, please see www.summerbythesea.vic.gov.au for program details and to book.

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 coastcare.victoria@delwp.vic.gov.au

Grants

Congratulations to the recipients of the Coastcare Community Grants 2018, we look forward to working with you on your exciting one and two year projects to protect and enhance coastal areas around Victoria.  This year's recipients are:

Organisation

Project

Friends of the Prom Inc

Sea Spurge Removal:  Restoring Hooded Plover Habitat at Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park

Rhyll Coast Action Inc

Revegetation of Coastal Woodland at Pleasant Point, Phillip Island

Mount Eliza Association for Environmental Care

Weed Control and Re-vegetation Ranelagh Beach Foreshore Reserve No2

Friends of the Hooded Plover (Mornington Peninsula) Inc

Fostering Community Participation and Protection for a flagship Coastal Species; the Red-capped Plover

Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association

Undertow Bay Weed Removal and Revegetation Stages 4 and 5

Elizabeth Cain/ Seaside Scavenge

Seaside Scavenge Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Environment Association Incorporated

Red Bluff Mornington rehabilitation

Silverleaves Conservation Association Inc.

Protection and Enhancement of Coast Banksia Woodland

South Gippsland Landcare Network

Corner Inlet Citizen Science Water Quality Improvement Project

Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network

2018-19 Thunder Point Coastal Reserve Community Conservation Project

Friends of the Beleura Cliff Path

Revegetate, monitor drainage, and prevent erosion of Beleura Cliff Path

Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Incorporated

Moogji Coastal Works Project 2018-2019

Anglican Earthcare Gippsland Inc

Raymond Island Monitoring Environmental Change and Management of invasive species

Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha Inc (BERG Mt Martha)

Vegetation Survey & Assessment of Mount Martha Coastal Vegetation

Friends of Williams Road Beach

Creating habitat resilience, extending the habitat corridor & reducing plastic pollution, Mount Eliza Foreshore

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Point Lonsdale Foreshore Stabilisation

Bellarine Catchment Network

Bellarine Coastal Community Engagement and On-Ground Works 2018-19

Heytesbury District Landcare Network

Controlling incursion of Coast Wattle

Walkerville Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management

Walkerville Foreshore Reserve Weed Eradication, Revegetation and Erosion Control 2018

Tambo Bluff Landcare Coastcare

Steps towards the future - restoring and protecting the integrity of the Lake King foreshore

Friends of Beware Reef

Improved Technical Capability

McCrae Homestead Coastal Group Inc.

Enhancement of McCrae Coastal Habitat.

Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation

Marine Litter Education Project - Empowering Young People, Making A Difference

Fishcare Victoria Inc.

What's Under the Water

Friends of Fisherman's Beach

Linley Point/Fishermans Beach Weed Removal and Indigenous replanting

Victorian Wader Study Group

Sustaining long term studies of waders and terns in South East Australia

Coastcare Community Grants support volunteers and communities that play a key role in the ongoing protection and conservation of our coastal landscapes.  Information about Coastcare Community Grants 2019 will be available here in the near future.

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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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