Twenty-two volunteers from Lend Lease gave Torquay’s Fisherman’s Beach area a makeover this week, building a new pathway and pedestrian bridge, as well as planting 500 native plants in a rehabilitation area.
The activities were led by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) as part of a range of environmental education and volunteering opportunities GORCC provides to schools and groups.
The new pathway provides a link from the Surf Coast Walk to the viewing deck above the Fisherman’s Beach kiosk, which provides great coastal views, with easy access to the kiosk for refreshments. A number of new picnic tables will be installed on the deck in coming weeks.
Environmental weeds along the bank to the north of the deck have been cleared and replaced with native tubestock.
Lend Lease’s Tanya Moscicki said the activity formed part of Lend Lease’s community day, which was established in 1996 to provide Lend Lease people with the opportunity to give back to the communities in which they live and work.
“The weather was amazing so it was great to get out and do something different in the sunshine – everyone enjoyed the day,” she said.
GORCC’s Coast Project Manager, Mike Bodsworth said partnering with volunteers enabled GORCC to achieve much more than would usually be possible.
“We estimate volunteers contribute around a quarter of a million dollars worth of work every year, from hooded plover monitoring and research projects, to weed control, planting, litter removal and construction.”
“Lend Lease’s team of volunteers also included qualified tradespeople, so it was an ideal chance to build some visitor facilities that have been on the drawing board for a while,” he said.
For more information about how you can get involved in GORCC’s volunteer program, watch the clip below or visit www.gorcc.com.au/volunteering
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