Media Releases 2015

Posted on 20/04/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Volunteers join forces for coastal conservation at Phillip Island Coastcare Leadership Program

Phillip Island volunteers working to help conserve coastal public land managed by the Phillip Island Nature Parks and Bass Coast Shire Council will join forces to share expertise and learn new skills at the upcoming two-day Coastcare Leadership Program being held on 2-3 May 2015 at the Koala Conservation Centre.

The Coastcare Leadership Program aims to:

  • enhance knowledge, skills and capacity of coastal volunteers working on local environmental projects at Phillip Island
  • raise community awareness regarding the unique nature of our coastal and marine ecology and promote the work of coastal volunteer groups, so as to increase volunteer participation in coastal and marine conservation projects
  • provide a forum for discussion, sharing, collaboration and strategic planning between coastal volunteer groups and the land managers on Phillip Island.

“The course will help volunteers that are members of local groups at Surf Beach/Sunderland Bay, Red Rocks/Saltwater Creek, Silverleaves, Cape Woolami, Rhyll, Ventnor, Newhaven, Smiths Beach and Cowes to share and learn from experts regarding coastal and marine ecology, vegetation rehabilitation techniques, indigenous plant and weed identification and management, GPS mapping and monitoring, Occupational Health and Safety procedures as well as project management, funding opportunities and strategies for media and communications,” said Gayle Seddon, Coordinator of the Surf Beach Sunderland Bay Coastcare Group.

“Leadership models for conservation organisations will also be explored and we hope the course will attract new volunteers who might like to join the current groups or even start a new group,” said Ms Seddon.

Fieldwork will take place at various locations over the two days to support the activities of each of the groups. Each group will share their programs and plans in partnership with the land managers.

The free two-day program is being coordinated by the Surf Beach Sunderland Bay Coastcare Group with support from Phillip Island Nature Parks and Bass Coast Shire Council with funding from Coastcare Victoria.

More information on the program can be found at: penguins.org.au/news/events/coastcare-leadership-program-2015/ 

The registration page is available direct at: penguins.org.au/news/events/coastcare-leadership-program-2015/coastcare-leadership-program-registration/ 

Media Contact

Gayle Seddon

M 0417 896 288   Email sbsbcoastcare@gmail.com