The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee works closely with students, community clubs and local volunteer groups to help foster a deeper appreciation and love for our coastal environments.
More than 800 indigenous plants have been planted along the Great Ocean Road in the past month with between 4,000 and 8,000 expected to go in the ground this winter.
Great Ocean Road Coast Conservation Supervisor Georgie Beale said planting indigenous species along the coastline was important to ensure the ecosystems remain diverse, sustaining a wide variety of animals and birdlife, and protecting what everyone loves about the coast for future generations of visitors and residents.
“World Environment Day perfectly highlights the importance for us to collectively and individually leave a cleaner, more sustainable world for our children and grandchildren.
“We believe that by creating hands-on, practical experiences for children and young adults, we are able to encourage a sense environmental stewardship in the next generation.
“Our natural landscape is vital for the people’s health and wellbeing, and by planting plants that are unique and local to the area, we’re not only improving our landscape, but also enhancing local knowledge and general enjoyment of this very special part of the world,” she said.
Winter is the ideal time to start planting in your backyard as it allows the plants time to establish before the harsh summer heat.
To find out what plants to add to your coastal garden, visit Jan Juc Coast Action’s Surf Coast Nature Search at www.scnaturesearch.com.au.
Great Ocean Road Coast is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation that manages 37km of coastline between Torquay and Lorne. All funds raised through Great Ocean Road Coast commercial operations go back into the community through park investment, environment and education programs. Visit us at www.gorcc.com.au.