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Volunteer Groups

Coast & Bushland Volunteer Groups

Volunteer groups help Council manage 42 kilometres of foreshore in Bass Coast Shire. They help with revegetation, weed removal and remnant vegetation protection. Council and the community value and support the work of these volunteer groups.

Council supplies these groups with equipment and some funding for their activities. Groups also apply for grants for small infrastructure projects, such as boardwalks, walking tracks, bird housing and recreational facilities, which enhance and protect our environment.

There are several volunteer groups across Bass Coast Shire that do great work all year round. New volunteers are always welcome to join these friendly, community-minded groups.

You can find more information about these groups, including when they meet and how to get in contact, below.

Ventnor Coastcare

Ventnor Coastcare meets regularly to undertake works in the Ventnor foreshore area. The group meets on the third Saturday of each month from May to October, starting at 10.00am For further information please contact John at johnw@waterfront.net.au or Janet at janetowens@gmail.com

Saltwater Creek Coastcare

Saltwater Creek Coastcare is a volunteer group that started in 2014 and undertakes works in the Saltwater Creek area between Ventnor and Red Rocks. The group meet regularly in the morning on weekends. For further information please contact Kevin at kevin@grating.com.au

Red Rocks Coastcare

Red Rocks Coastcare meets regularly on weekends to undertake works in the Red Rocks foreshore area. The group meets at 10.00am in the carpark. For further information please contact John Eddy - 0418 398 682 or johneddy1946@gmail.com

Silverleaves Conservation Society

Silverleaves Conservation Society operates in the Silverleaves foreshore area aiming to protect and conserve the natural beauty of Silverleaves. Working bees to control weeds and revegetate the foreshore reserve are conducted in June/July and August/September. For further information please contact Jarvis at jweston@penguins.org.au

Rhyll Coast Action

Rhyll Coast Action meets regularly in the morning on weekends to undertake works along the Rhyll foreshore area. For further information please contact Gabrielle at rhyllcoastaction@gmail.com or contact 0410 441 540 or Carmen Bush on (03) 5956 9456

Cape Woolamai Coast Action

Cape Woolamai Coast Action meets regularly on weekends to undertake works along the Cape Woolamai foreshore. For further information please contact capewoolamaicoastaction@gmail.com, or call David Luscombe on (03) 5956 6363 or Kate McLaughlin 0427 554 635. You can also download the information booklet. Volunteers should assemble at the BBQ area, Cottesloe Avenue, Cape Woolamai.

Friends of Tenby Point Foreshore

Friends of Tenby Point Foreshore operate in the Tenby Point foreshore area. For any further information please contact Jean at p.jcoffey@bigpond.com

Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association

Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association meet regularly on weekends to undertake works in the Cape Paterson foreshore area. For more information please visit the website www.capepaterson.asn.au or email secretary@capepaterson.asn.au

Newhaven Coast Action

Newhaven Coast Action meets regularly in the mornings on weekends to undertake works in the Newhaven foreshore area. For further information please contact noel_street@hotmail.com

Coronet Bay Reserves Committee

Coronet Bay Reserves Committee operate in the Coronet Bay area and meet on weekends throughout the year. For further information please contact Greg at greg@gregnoakes.com

Three Creeks Landcare

Three Creeks Landcare operate in the Kilcunda foreshore area. For further information please contact David at d.bateman@basscoast.vic.gov.au or Roger at roger@gippslandgourmetgoat.com.au

South Gippsland Conservation Society

South Gippsland Conservation Society operates in Inverloch and meets regularly on weekends. For further information please visit the website sgcs.org.au or email info@sgcs.org.au, or call (03) 5674 3738. Alternatively you may contact Dave at daves@dcsi.net.au

Friends of the Hooded Plover

Friends of the Hooded Plover are another volunteer group working within Bass Coast doing a different kind of sustainability work. The group operates in the 30kms of coastline from Anderson Inlet to Kilcunda, and work towards conserving and promoting this threatened species. For further information please contact Stephen at johnsons15@bigpond.com.

Friends of Scenic Estate Reserve

The Friends of Scenic Estate Reserve volunteer group has been recently established to undertake regular activities including weed management, seed collection, rubbish collection and revegetation works. For further information contact John Eddy on 0418 398 682 or email cgrayden@waterfront.net.au

Friends of Smith's Beach Reserve

The Friends of Smith's Beach Reserve volunteer group was established recently and undertake various activities including weed management, revegetation and rubbish collection. For further information contact Bruce Wilson bruce.wilson@rmit.edu.au

For more information regarding any of the volunteer groups we support, please contact our Sustainable Environment Department on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email environment@basscoast.vic.gov.au.