Monitoring coastal erosion in Anglesea


The Great Ocean Road coast is constantly changing.

While Victoria has a long history of weather variability such as storms, droughts and floods, climate change is projected to increase risks to coastal environments through drivers such as sea-level rise, change in wave-direction and increases in swell energy and storm tide events. These drivers affect coastal erosion, sediment supply and inundation and are expected to vary geographically across Victoria’s coastal zone.

The Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program (VCMP) aims to provide communities with information on coastal condition, change, hazards, and the expected longer-term impacts associated with climate change that will support decision making and adaptation planning.

Led by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the program is being implemented in partnership with community groups, university institutions, and public land managers including the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC). This valuable research will help inform options to minimise the impacts of coastal erosion and understand the impacts of climate change on our coastal environments.

Several sites along the Victorian coast have been chosen for inclusion in the study, including GORCC managed land at Point Roadknight and Demons Bluff in Anglesea. Data collected from the mapping software will be interpreted and used to assist in the planning of future works along the coast.

To help monitor our shorelines, two members from GORCC’s conservation team are currently undertaking training with Deakin University in the use of small aerial drones.  As part of the program, GORCC will coordinate with four local citizen scientists participating in the program.

To find out more about the program and future opportunities to be involved as a citizen scientist, head to www.coastsandmarine.vic.gov.au/coastal-programs/victorian-coastal-monitoring-program.

Photos: GORCC conservation staff undertake drone training with Deakin University.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is a State Government body responsible for protecting, enhancing, and developing coastal Crown land from Point Impossible to Cumberland River.
www.gorcc.com.au

Environmental protection from the next generation of coastal innovators


On Wednesday 5 September, around 160 students from five local schools gathered in Torquay to learn, work-shop ideas and celebrate coastal conservation at the annual Coast Guardians Forum hosted by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee.

The year 9 students from Northern Bay College, Surf Coast Secondary College, Geelong Lutheran College, Lorne Aireys Inlet P-12 College, and Sacred Heart College had a day of guest presenters, exciting activities and prizes as part of the Great Ocean Road Coast’s award-winning Environmental Education Program. Read more

Lorne caring along the Bert Alsop Track


The Bert Alsop Track is a scenic walking track along the Lorne foreshore, linking North Lorne to the town’s centre and offering views across Louttit Bay and is a popular route for cyclists, walkers, and joggers.

Over the past 6 months the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s conservation team has been busy with the woody weed removal that started with the Green Army program in 2016, and the end of 2017 saw all of the woody weeds from the start of the track to the ‘Fat Ladies’ car park removed. This was done with the generous help of a Ford corporate group, LorneCare volunteers, and Great Ocean Road Coast’s conservation and foreshore teams.

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Northern Bay College students lend a hand


A group of year 9 students from Northern Bay College have been doing some fantastic environmental work throughout term one with Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s Coast Guardians program.

The year 9 students have been working closely with Great Ocean Road Coast’s Hilary Bouma, Education Coordinator of the Coast Guardians program, doing a variety of activities in their adopted area of Spring Creek, Torquay.

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