The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) recently re-appointed nine coastal Committees of Management in Gippsland.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) recently re-appointed nine coastal Committees of Management in Gippsland.

Senior Environmental Planner, Angie Gutowski oversaw the re-appointment of 74 volunteers to the Corinella, Grantville, Lang Lang, Loch Sport, Port Franklin, San Remo, Sandy Point, Shallow Inlet and Walkerville Committees of Management.

Ms Gutowski said: “The committees manage approximately 880 hectares of coastal Crown land  adjacent to townships.”

“People may not be aware that the coastal areas they enjoy visiting are being managed by dedicated local people who volunteer their time and skills,” Ms Gutowski said.

“Committees are land managers who are directly involved with, and are part of their local communities. “

“The enthusiasm and depth of knowledge  that these committees bring to the management of the reserves, on behalf of all Victorians is highly valued by DELWP.”

“The volunteers manage a wide range of issues and look after many different types of infrastructure, including toilet blocks, boat ramps, walking tracks, car parks, viewing platforms and sea walls.”

“For example: over a 10 year period the Port Franklin committee took a collapsed river bank with derelict jetties and transformed it into a safe and accessible facility.”

“DELWP relies on the efforts of the committee members to keep these coastal outdoor spaces safe, clean and accessible to all.”

“On behalf of the Victorian government, the committees perform a valuable community service by managing the coastal Crown land reserves for the benefit of local people and visitors to Gippsland.”

For more information about the coastal Committees of Management, please contact Angie Gutowski, on (03) 5183 9133.