The forum provided an opportunity for coastal volunteers to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the various land managers and government agencies involved in caring for the coast.
Coast Action/Coastcare supports community volunteer groups involved in caring for Victoria’s coast.
This role encompasses:
- coordinating volunteers for coastal projects
- funding projects through the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program
- providing boundaries for volunteers
- facilitating volunteer achievements, and
- communicating and sharing ideas to provide connections between the different volunteer groups, projects and stakeholders.
The agency fulfils an important public education role on several levels:
- linking coastal management policy to communities
- helping to find a role for the public in coastal management
- communicating current coastal-related issues, and
- educating the broader community (e.g. children, schools, visitors, businesses) about caring for the coast.
Coast Action/Coastcare also contributes to community capacity building by providing various education and training programs for volunteers and the general public. These include occupational health and safety, leadership, first aid, community forums, field days, workshops and the annual Summer by the Sea summer holiday program.
Provided by Matt Fox, State Coordinator, Coast Action/Coastcare
GREAT OCEAN ROAD COAST COMMITTEE
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee manages 37 kilometres of Crown land foreshore reserves along the Great Ocean Road between Point Impossible (east of Torquay) and Cumberland River (west of Lorne).
Its responsibilities as a land manager are focused on looking after these reserves by:
- protecting the sensitive coastal environment through weed eradication programs and other activities
- building and maintaining an A to Z of coastal facilities, assets and infrastructure – from artwork to zebra (pedestrian) crossings
- controlling commercial and other activities on the reserves through the issuing of leases, licences and permits, and
- contributing to the area’s overall amenity in various ways, such as removing rubbish from beaches and foreshore areas.
The committee also operates caravan parks in Torquay and Lorne, and manages the leases for two other privately operated parks at Anglesea and Cumberland River.
The income generated by the parks funds the committee’s coastal management work with additional income, mainly from State and Federal Government grants, supporting the delivery of various capital works and improvement projects.
Much of the committee’s work is undertaken in partnership with other coastal land managers, State Government and local community volunteer groups who contribute much valuable time and effort to caring for the coast.
Provided by Richard Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Great Ocean Road Coast Committee
Parks Victoria is responsible for managing a wide variety of parks in Victoria as well as the recreational management of Port Phillip Bay, Western Port and the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers
Specifically, the estate includes:
- 45 national parks
- 13 marine national parks
- 11 marine sanctuaries
- 3 wilderness parks
- 25 state parks
- 30 metropolitan parks
- 60 other parks (including regional and reservoir parks)
- more than 2,000 natural features reserves and conservation reserves
- 10,412 formally registered Aboriginal cultural heritage sites, and
- more than 2,500 non-Indigenous historic places.
These assets total more than four million hectares (about 17 per cent of Victoria) – total area of parks and reserves.
As land manager, Parks Victoria’s responsibilities include:
- preservation of natural eco-systems
- Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural heritage protection
- access and visitor facilities
- fire management, and
- education and interpretation.
Funded by the State Government, the organisation comprises locally-based rangers, as well as planners, environmentalists, scientists and managers working at both state and local levels,
Provided by Frank Gleeson, Ranger in Charge – East Otways, Parks Victoria