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:

Stair upgrade for Queens Park Reserve

The second stage of the Queens Park Reserve stair upgrade in Lorne is nearly complete. Approximately 150 stone stairs have been installed heading up the hill from the Allenvale Track, which winds along St Georges River, and also includes drainage works to reduce erosion on the tracks. Works are being undertaken by local stonemason Matt Kuit, who has completed another $20,000 worth of stone stair and drainage works.

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Coast Guardians clean up the coast

Coast Guardians from Geelong Lutheran College have recently collected rubbish from the dunes at Whites Beach, Torquay.

Asides from helping to clean up the coastline and prevent marine debris from impacting our precious wildlife, the aim of the day was to collect data for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) database. The AMDI works with industry and government to create change on a larger scale, and aims to work on solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source. Read more

New biodegradable dog bag dispensers for Anglesea

As an environmentally focused organisation, Great Ocean Road Coast is committed to sustainability and doing our part to minimise any adverse impacts on the environment.

In an effort to reduce our environmental footprint, GORCC has installed six new biodegradable dog bag dispensers across three locations in Anglesea.

The dog bag dispensers are conveniently located near existing rubbish bin sites at Point Roadknight car park, Four Kings car park, and also at the back of Anglesea Family Caravan Park.

As Anglesea is a plastic bag free town, all dispensers will use a landfill-friendly biodegradable bag alternative.

We encourage responsible pet ownership and ask that the community please clean up after their pets by making use of the bins provided.

Coast Guardians Forum a day of learning and fun

The 2017 GORCC Coast Guardians Forum was a day of celebration and inspiration for the 140 year 9 students, teachers and staff from the four local schools who attended at the Surf Coast Shire Grant Pavilion in Torquay. The weather was not in our favour, but the spirits were high for a fun-filled day with delicious food, wonderful donated goods as prizes, and local coastal expertise.

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Students in the coastal classroom

Our Possum Pete in Anglesea with the YMCA team


YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp’s, ‘Kids Go Bush’ program loves getting our families out and about in the bush each week during  its ‘Bush Playgroup’ sessions. Building Cubbies, cooking on the fire, seeking in the Bracken ferns, our rope swing and regular journeys around our special areas of the Anglesea Recreation Camp, providing many and varied educational learning opportunities.

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