Celebration for local volunteers


Jan Juc Coast Action (JJCA) were announced joint winners of the Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence Natural Environment category in the annual ceremony held on October 15.

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Jan Juc Coast Action were dubbed ‘Coastal Champions’ for their 21 years of continual commitment to the protection and enhancement of the Jan Juc cliffs. Photo: Jan Juc Coast Action

The Awards, held by the Victorian Coastal Council, celebrate the outstanding work of individuals and groups in enhancing and protecting Victoria’s coastal and marine environments.

Eight awards were presented to groups and individuals who have made outstanding environmental contributions to the Victorian Coast.

Award winners in each category were:

  • Natural Environment (2x): Parks Victoria and Sea Search Program – Ten Years of Corner Inlet Community Seagrass Monitoring & Jan Juc Coast Action Group – 21 Years of Jan Juc Coast Action
  • Education: BirdLife Australia – Bringing the coast to the classroom
  • Planning and Management: Environmental Protection Authority – The Victorian Marine Operational Model
  • Community Engagement: Friends of Beware Reef – Community Engagement & Marine Species Monitoring
  • Design and Building: Frankston City Council – McCulloch Avenue Boardwalk
  • Victorian Marine Science Consortium – Postgraduate Award: Marlene Rodriguez-Malagon – Postgraduate marine research
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement – Bob Semmens

Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville said this year’s finalists and award winners have been exemplary.

“I’m proud of how we take real responsibility for the welfare of our coast, which not only improves the health of the environment, but also the livability of our communities.

“It is important we understand the threats to our coastal and marine environments, and the ways in which communities can take action to help limit their impacts,” she said.

Over the past 21 years, JJCA has rehabilitated four kilometers of coastal foreshore and continues to improve this area through monthly working bees conducting activities including the removal of pest species, fencing and revegetation.

In recent years, the group’s focus has shifted from revegetation and access control to targeted threatened species and raising environmental awareness through engaging with the community.

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Jan Juc Coast Action Chairman Luke Hynes with members from Jan Juc Coast Action at the October working bee earlier this year. Photo: Ferne Millen

Recently JJCA launched their online searchable plant database the Surf Coast Nature Search, that aims to help support an increase in environmental awareness among locals and holiday makers.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) works closely with environmental volunteer groups that work on the GORCC managed land and was thrilled to see JJCA receive the award.

GORCC Community Liaison Manager Jane Lovejoy said the award was well deserved and a testament to the hard work volunteers donate each year to protect the coast.

“Volunteer groups continue to be the backbone of GORCC’s conservation efforts with 11 groups working directly on our managed land.

“It is fantastic to see local environmental volunteer groups receive recognition for their consistent contributions to enhancing our precious coastal environment,” she said.

Coastal conservation is everyone’s responsibility. How do you help keep our coast beautiful?

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