Summer by the Sea success

More than 200 beachgoers took part in GORCC led and funded environmental education activities this summer as part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria 2016 Summer by the Sea (SBTS) program. Read more

Free coastal fun for all

Summer by the Sea is almost here and in 2015 the program features stand up paddle-boarding – a new addition to a growing line-up of free activities.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Parks Victoria program which runs from 2-26 January 2015, is an opportunity for everyone to discover Victoria’s marine and coastal environment.

In 2015 more than 300 free, guided activities will be on offer across the state.  In the Surf Coast region activities are being funded and run by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC), a program partner.

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GORCC Education Activity Leader Pete Crowcroft with little participant Hugh, holding up a piece of whale skeleton.

 

Stand up paddle boarding will feature in Torquay and Lorne and GORCC Education Activity Leader Pete Crowcroft who is organising and leading activities on the Surf Coast, said the activity is a fun way to explore and learn about estuaries and rivers.

“Stand up paddle-boarding is a popular but expensive recreational activity so we’re pleased to be able to offer it for free to participants,” he said.

In addition to activities for the more adventurous such as snorkelling, canoeing and stand up paddle-boarding, there are a huge variety of options available with something for every age and level of ability.

Participants can engage in everything from fossil safaris and walking tours through to coastal craft and playing detective both on the beach and in the bush.

“Those looking for something a little more relaxed can engage in activities like guided coastal walks along the stunning Surf Coast Walk, kite making sessions, rockpool rambles or calico craft,” said Mr. Crowcroft.

GORCC sponsored activities will be offered in Torquay, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and Lorne and at the Torquay NightJar Markets.

“It’s wonderful to be able to get people of all ages to engage with our incredible coastline and experiencing and learning about the environment.

“It is particularly great for kids, as it’s very important that they learn to connect with and appreciate the natural environment from a young age,” Mr. Crowcroft said.

GORCC Community Liaison Manager, Jane Lovejoy said every previous January for four years GORCC had run a free environmental education program for campers.

“We are excited to partner with DEPI and Parks Victoria in Summer by the Sea and expand our activities to make them available to everyone on the coast.

“We look forward to seeing excited and happy participants of all ages enjoying what we have on offer,” she said.

Bookings are essential for most activities and the majority of activities are free.  For more information, visit www.depi.vic.gov.au or www.parks.vic.gov.au.

Insects of Jan Juc – Free family fun this weekend

Not sure what to do this Father’s day?

Jan Juc Coast Action (JJCA) is holding the free ‘Insects of Jan Juc’ event this Sunday 7 September.

Plenty of activities will be on offer, including activities for the little ones.  Children will have the opportunity to build ‘insect hotels’ as well as colour-in local insects drawn by local artist Amanda Carson.

The day will also include information about JJCA’s latest exciting project – the development of an online plant catalogue which has been funded by the State Government through Coastcare and is supported by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (stay tuned for more on this project to be released soon!)

JJCA President Luke Hynes said the catalogue will be great way for everybody to identify and learn more about the indigenous species they see on the caost.
“It will allow non-specialist groups to identify any indigenous plant species by typing in the visual characteristics identified,”

Mr Hynes said the catalogue is also a good way of encouraging locals to plant native plants in their gardens.
“Those looking for plant ideas for their garden will be able to do a quick search using the desired characteristics and will find matching suggestions,” he said.

The activities will be followed by the JJCA Annual General Meeting and a free barbeque lunch.

For further information, phone Luke Hynes on 0406 113 438 or visit the JJCA Facebook page here.

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Celebrate Sustainable Living!

It’s that time of yeara again when we celebrate sustainable living in Australia.

Sustainable House Day 2014 will be held on Sunday the 7th and  14th of September to showcase some of the country’s most environmentally progressive homes.

Did you know that the average Australian household contributes 13 tonnes of greenhouse gas to the atmosphere every year?  That’s enough to fill more than 700 balloons every day …scary.

The event gives you the chance to tour every day Australian homes with a lowered ecological footprint and you can visit some sustainable houses in our region.  Residences in Mount Duneed, Belmont and Queenscliff will be opening their doors for anyone seeking inspiration, tips and ideas about renewable energy, recycling, and other sustainable practices.

Take a look at the gallery of sustainable homes below.  Each residence integrates various sustainable  features such as rain water harvesting, recycled building materials, photovoltaic solar panels, sustainable food production and much more!

 

Source: http://sustainablehouseday.com/item/rohans-house/
Source: http://sustainablehouseday.com/item/rohans-house/
Source: http://sustainablehouseday.com/item/fleurs-house/
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Source: http://sustainablehouseday.com/item/point-lonsdale-beach-house/
Source: http://sustainablehouseday.com/item/point-lonsdale-beach-house/

 

For more information on Sustainable House Day 2014 or to find a sustainable house in your local area, click here.

Local lookout at Rocky Point

Here at the Great Ocean Road Coast Blog we like to feature stories about our coast and the locals who live on and love our coast.

Marian Charlton is one such local –  an active Torquay community member and a lover of the natural environment.

Marian walks the scenic Surf Coast Walk on a regular basis, appreciating all our breathtaking coast has to offer.

Rocky Point Lookout, in particular, holds strong sentimental value to Marian, a place her and her family have been visiting for over 50 years.

“Rocky Point has always been a significant place for me since our family camped here over 50 years ago,

“It is a great place to just appreciate our coast with its rock headlands and great sweeps of beach with breaking waves,” she said.

Marian enjoys the unique scenic views from Rocky Point Lookout
Marian enjoys the unique scenic views from Rocky Point Lookout

Marian recognises the importance of caring for our coast and taking action to ensure it can be enjoyed by all.

“We should all appreciate and care for our coastal environment so that it is there for all to enjoy, including future generations,

“As a local community person I notify the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee of any hazards or problems I see on my walks. This includes both live and dead seals on our beaches, trees that have fallen on the path, and issues with local toilet blocks,” Marian said.

Interesting cloud formations looking towards Rocky Point Lookout. Photo: Marian Charlton.
Interesting cloud formations looking towards Rocky Point Lookout. Photo: Marian Charlton.

Marian is eager to see the transformation of Rocky Point Lookout as it undergoes a restoration, generously funded by RACV and DEPI.

The site is set to be fully restored by late September.

For more information on the Rocky Point Lookout redevelopment click here.

Want to get involved? Friends of the Surf Coast Walk are always looking for new supporters – learn more here.

 

What’s your favourite spot on the coast or the Surf Coast Walk?