Coastcare & Coastal Management
BCN with Ocean Grove Coastcare, at the Ocean Grove NIppers Environmental Education Day, 2014
Summer By the Sea Program and Partnerships
The Project was developed through the Bellarine Catchment Network, Bellarine Bayside Committee of Management, Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club, Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club, a number of Primary School and funded through the Victorian State Government Coastcare, Summer By the Sea Program.
This initiative set out objectives to involve the residents, campers, holiday vacationers, Nippers and surf club users in a broad range of environmental activities and learning outcomes. Specifically the program had the following focuses.
- Community Involvement. Engagement of Campers in Bellarine Bayside Caravan Parks, Residents of Northern Bellarine Towns and Vacationers
- Community Education and Awareness Raising Outcomes
- Program Learnings, Improvements and Follow up Activities
- Surf Club and Nippers Program
- Primary School Involvement in Environmental Activity
- Community Involvement
1.1 Sub Category: Campers and Caravan Parks:
- This program had objectives of involvement of a cross section of the community in the Northern Bellarine.
- The townships / areas prioritised were Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards, and this provided a good cross section of towns and communities. Specifically Campers in the Bellarine Bayside Caravan Parks were identified as a target audience to engage in the activities. The program set out to involve the campers in a various activities to have them engage in the local environment, and to learn more about the positive and negative impacts on the local natural assets.
- Total caravan park and camper involvement is estimated at 80 children and adults
Left: Coastcare Challenge Game
1.2 Sub Category: Residents of Towns and Holiday Makers:
- In order to involve the towns residents and holiday makers that reside in holiday rentals and towns accommodation a different approach was taken
- Fliers were placed at strategic locations in Portarlington, Ste Leonards and Indented Head. Added to this promotion through adverts in local papers and the Summer by the Sea On line promotions and booking system
- In terms of results and interpretation of how many people participated in tis category, it is hard to establish. However it is anticipated that the figure was approximately a third of the total numbers. This put the figure at 50
- Total number of participants across all areas total 150.
Left: Activity resources
- Community Education and Awareness Raising
- Sub Category: RockPool Ramble and Beach Comb
- Sub Category: RockPool Ramble and Beach Comb
- The Rockpool Ramble and Beach comb was a combined activity located at Indented Head. This was conducted on a perfect weather day on low tide
- There were some pre-registrations, however most interest arose through the set up and pre beach walk and meeting beach users
- Learning of this activity
- 20 people registered with a number of others trailing along and watching / learning form the side.
- It was a highly successful activity with 18 marine and foreshore species identified, and key learnings including, catchment care, litter, nutrients and sediments
2.2 Sub Category: Coastcare Challenge Course
- The Coastcare Challenge Course is set up to involve youth between ages 7 to 15
- Learning outcomes include;
- Litter, nutrient and sediment impacts
- Weed impacts including Polygala, Bridal Creeper, Gorse, Flax Leaf Broom and other woody weeds
- Native vegetation including Moonah, Coast Banksia and other indigenous Species
- Protected and threatened species including Australian Fur Seal, Australian Gannett, Orange-bellied Parrot and other species
- Dog impacts and dog poo impacts, waste, nutrients algal blooms
- Two sets of teams undertake the Coastcare Challenge Course to ‘Learn through doing’ in a fun, interactive way.
- Messages and learnings are re-inforced at the end through getting the kids to report back on what they learnt i.e how long take it take plastic to break down, what issues can that cause to marine life.
Right: Coastcare game
2.3 Sub Category: Surf Club Program Activities
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club (OGSLSC) Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club (PLSLSC)
- This activity was a collaboration with the OGSLSC, Ocean Grove Coastcare Groups, PLSLSC and BCN.
- The OGSLSC activity was conducted with Under 10’s which had 3 rotating groups. Total number were 70 Nippers
The PLSLSC also included Under 10 Nippers. This activity had approximately 80 Nippers with 3 groups
- Included with this were numerous parents and Surf Club members who watched and participated in the activity.
- The Nippers Environmental Education course covered learning outcomes including;
Litter and waste including Dog Poo, plastics and the impact on the environment
Threatened Species inc; Orange-bellied Parrot, Hooded Plover, Protected Species inc; Seal Species
Left: Surf club Nippers Enviro activity
2.3 Sub Category: Bellarine Schools Program
- The Bellarine Schools Environment Program included the Summer By the Sea – Coastcare Schools Projects
- This built on from our existing initiatives and consolidates the connection schools have with BCN
- The schools involved in the SBTS – Coastcare Grant included;
Ocean Grove Primary School – Coastcare Environment Day – 70 Grade 4students
Point Lonsdale Primary School – Caring For Our Bays Environment Day - 200 Students, all year levels
Star of the Sea Primary School – Bonnyvale Wetlands Restoration Day - 60 students
Clifton Springs – The Dell Coastcare Environment Day - 100 Grade 4 students
Queenscliffe Primary School – Swan Bay and Bellarine Rail Trail Environment Day - 10 Students
Bellarine Secondary College Year 8 – environment Day - 200 year 8 Students
Portarlington and St Leonards Primary School – In development with Schools - To be confirmed
Total = 640 students and many more parents and teachers
Right: Uncle Bryan Powell Conducts Welcome to Country