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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The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is trialing the use of Erskine Paddock in Lorne for overflow car parking this summer. Following community feedback on the need for more parking in Lorne during peak times, the trial will involve opening part of the paddock for cars for weekends, public holidays and days of high visitation – as it is during the annual Pier to Pub.
Parking will be strictly from 10am to 7pm through the January trial period.
For any feedback on the trial please email info@gorcc.com.au. http://ow.ly/i/Bvss7

Refurb for the Inverlochy Anchor in Anglesea

Original diver Jon Arthur, AMYC President Wes Smith with The Sun article from 1962, and Richard Davies, CEO GORCC

The Anglesea Motor Yacht Club has restored the famous Inverlochy anchor thanks to members of the club, local tradesmen, an experienced local conservator and a Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Coastal Grant for $2,869.

Anglesea Motor Yacht Club’s Wes Smith and Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s Richard Davies were joined at the site by long time local Jon Arthur, who along with three mates originally retrieved the anchor in the early 1960s, creating media interest at the time.

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Save the date – Dog’s breakfasts for Hoodie Protection

The Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast are holding four “dog’s breakfasts” to help spread the word about Hooded Plover protections on the Surf Coast.

Supported by representatives from Coastcare, Park Victoria, Birdlife Australia and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, the events are open to anyone who would like to learn more about efforts to protect the threatened Hooded Plover.

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From carpark to conservation haven: Coast Guardians restore Whites Gap in Torquay

Last week Geelong Lutheran College Coast Guardians joined Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s Education team for a day of coastal education projects, highlighted by a celebration of six years rehabilitating Whites Gap in Torquay.

Great Ocean Road Coast Education Leader Hilary Bouma said the school “started working at Whites Gap six years ago when it was a car park. Now it is developing in to some fantastic coastal habitat for animals and plants.” Read more

Plants, plants and more plants – 18,000 of them!

Great Ocean Road Coast’s conservation team have been tirelessly planting throughout the winter months.  Approximately 18,000 plants have gone in the ground at sites all along the coast, from Torquay to Lorne.

The major areas of concentration have been along Deep Creek in Torquay, Soapy Rocks in Anglesea, Queens Park in Lorne, and Eagle Rock Parade in Aireys Inlet.

Great Ocean Road Coast’s Conservation Supervisor (acting), Evan Francis said that the works have helped maintain the diversity and our unique coastal environments, and will certainly add to the beauty of the area, for all to enjoy.

“It has been a great concerted effort to ensure the plants have enough time to bed before summer, which could not have been achieved without the tireless efforts of the conservation team, as well as numerous school and volunteer groups.”

A huge thank you to Surfrider Foundation’s Surf Coast Branch, Torquay Coast Action, Rip Curl’s Planet Days, St. Joseph’s College, St Bernard’s, and Christian College Geelong for their many hours of helping to re-vegetate the coast.

We’d also like to thank everyone who stays in the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee-managed caravan parks at Torquay, Lorne and Anglesea.  Camper fees make this conservation work possible.

As a not-for-profit organisation, all dollars raised through the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s commercial operations are reinvested back into the coastal reserves, caravan parks, and the community.

With the 2017 planting season coming to a close, the conservation team’s attention will continue work implementing the Great Ocean Road Coast’s Native Vegetation and Weed Action Plan, which seeks to prevent the spread of new and emerging weeds, through early detection and intervention.

For more information about the conservation works of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, please visit us at: http://www.gorcc.com.au