Coastal Grants now open


Environmental conservation on Surf Coast is set to benefit from the $10,000 in grant funding made available through the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s 2016 Coastal Grants Program.

Each year the Great Ocean Road Coast dedicates funds for environmental projects that enhance the 37km of coastal Crown land under their management.

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Great Ocean Road Coast Chief Executive Officer Richard Davies said the grants aimed to strengthen community engagement with the natural environment.

“Community groups, including environmental volunteer groups, are an integral component to the conservation work the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee conducts between Torquay and Lorne.

“These grants are a fantastic way to foster environmental ownership and partner with community projects that will benefit all visitors to the coast.”

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The grants aim to support the work of environmental volunteers and other community groups who bring benefits to the local environment and complement the Great Ocean Road Coast’s goals and objectives.

Previous grants have funded a diverse range of projects from the development of an online plant database to the revegetation of coastal habitats at degraded coastal sites.

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Great Ocean Road Coast Conservation Supervisor Georgie Beale praised volunteer groups for their ongoing dedication to the environment and coastal conservation.

“These groups are such a great contributors to the management of the coast and help support vital conservation work along the Great Ocean Road.  They are the backbone of all the work we do and these grants aim to support their environmental projects.”

“We encourage all community groups, non-government organisations and school groups to apply and hope to see more exciting environmental focused projects emerge.”

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Eligible projects must have a coastal focus and contribute to preservation of the natural values of the Great Ocean Road Coast managed land.

The $10,000 available funding will be split between applicants as determined by project needs.

Grant applications are now open and will close Friday 9 December at 5pm. More information, including the online application form is available at www.gorcc.com.au.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is a not-for-profit organisation that manages 37km of public land and coastline from Torquay to Lorne.  All dollars raised through our commercial operations are reinvested back into the coastal environment, caravan parks and the community. 

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