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April 14, 2022

Conservation Society News

Best wishes to our members and supporters and your families. We hope this Easter brings you all together for a great celebration filled with lots of joy, happiness and of course chocolate!

Who will you vote for to help the environment?

The Federal election is to be held on Saturday 21 May. We encourage you to consider which candidates and parties offer the best environment policies.

SGCS is apolitical and cannot endorse any party or candidate, but we recommend you make an informed choice by visiting Vote Compass, which will tell you which of the major parties best represents your values.

Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Program


Public consultation on the draft Bass Coast Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) and proposed landscape planning controls is now open. We have been invited to provide feedback on the draft Bass Coast SPP and proposed landscape planning controls.

The draft SPP and proposed landscape planning controls provide an important step towards protecting the valued attributes of the Bass Coast declared area. They will help ensure environmental resilience for current and future generations.

You can view the draft Bass Coast SPP and proposed landscape planning controls here. The Conservation Society will be making a submission but we encourage you to also respond. To make it a little easier, we have prepared a template for you to follow (see below).

If you do nothing else for conservation in the Bass Coast in the next decade do this. You must respond. Numbers matter!


How to write your submission

You have the option to make an ‘extended response submission’ in your own words or a ‘guided response submission’ via survey.

Extended response submission (recommended)
This option allows you to say what is important to you.

Guided response submission (optional)
This a survey asking if you agree/disagree with the policies proposed in the draft along with short comments. This does not allow you the opportunity to propose alternatives. You might like to refer to these suggested survey answers.

How to make an extended response submission

Log in to Google Drive and download the file to add your personal comments to the template. Once you have written your submission, save it as a PDF. You’re now ready to send it in!

Head to the website link below to make your submission online:
Extended submission | Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Program | Engage Victoria

On that page you will:
  1. Type your name, address, email and phone number.
  2. Indicate if you are making your submission as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.
  3. Tick the box (individual or organisation) acknowledging that you understand your submission will be made publicly available, and that you have permission to publish your submission.
  4. Tick the box if you would like to speak about your submission to the Standing Advisory Committee (if applicable). If not, skip this step.
  5. Tick two boxes acknowledging you have not used copyright material or identified other people in your submission.
  6. Tick ‘yes’ to give your consent to the conditions.
  7. Tick the policy domains relevant to your submission. As a minimum this should include ‘environment and biodiversity’ and ‘sustainable economic development’
  8. Click on the blue arrow to upload your submission document.
  9. Click on the ‘Submit’ button.
  10. You will be notified that your submission was successfully uploaded. You will also receive a confirmation email from Engage Victoria.
If you have issues making an online submission, call the information line on 136 186.

Submissions are due by 5:00pm, Friday 29 April 2022.

Project Updates

Ayr Creek Working Bee

Our regular 3rd Sunday of the month Working Bee has been pushed back a week due to the clash with Easter.

Date: Sunday 24 April
Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
Location: Ayr Creek, Inverloch - meet at the Correa Place and Honeyeater Circuit carparks
Bring: Gloves, hand saw if you have one, water
Wear: Sturdy footwear, long sleeves, hat. 

We will be removing Pittosporum and any other weeds throughout the site, cutting and painting herbicide. This is part of future preparation work for a 5500 tube-stock planting day in Spring.
Enquiries: Please text Team Leader Ed Thexton 0407 560 324

Feathers, Fur and Fins, Frogs and Fungi: Presenters Program

This first presentation on March 5 for the nest-box day at the Surf Club was a sell out with 50 people attending. By all accounts it was a successful day. The dates for Feathers 2 are set for April 30. This will be a follow-up on Birds of Inverloch with Jane Taylor and Dallas Wyatt. The Fur component, with Malcolm Legg on Habitat Assessment, will be on May 29; and the Frogs component, presented by James Frazer from Melbourne Waters Frog Team,  will take place on October 22.
- John Cuttriss


‘Rally Round Our Dunes!’ and Petition

Following our petition and Rally film event in March, Bass Coast MP Ms. Jordan Crugnale has met with Minister D’ Ambrosio and handed her our petition. While the Minister is yet to respond, we understand that Parks Vic is planning to undertake some dune renourishment adjacent to the Cape Paterson Road rock wall prior to Easter.

The Rally film and petition outcome have been shared with the Cape to Cape Resilience Project team.

Cape to Cape Resilience Project


The Stage 2 engagement for the Cape to Cape Resilience Project is now live on Engage Victoria. In this stage of engagement you can view a range of coastal erosion and inundation hazard maps developed by the C2CRP team using the modelling undertaken for the Inverloch Region Coastal Hazard Assessment. The maps predict coastline erosion and inundation under a range of storm conditions and future sea level rises. They have produced a variety of documents to explain the hazard maps including an information sheet about the mapping, a series of FAQs, and a fact sheet on coastal models

The Engage Vic site also includes a Coastal Hazard Adaptations Actions Survey, with a closing date of 24 April. The survey invites feedback on the consequences of further beach erosion at Inverloch Surf Beach and a range of possible adaptation planning actions, including groynes, breakwaters and seawalls.

All members and friends are encouraged to have their say in this crucial, final phase of the Coastal Hazard Assessment work, now scheduled to conclude in July this year.

Over the next couple of weeks the project team will be running a series of face to face and online engagement activities to talk to the community and stakeholders about the hazard maps. They'll be doing face to face engagement around Inverloch on:

Thursday 21 April from 10:30 am in front of the Inverloch Community Hub and other dates as weather and staffing permits
Saturday 23 April 11 am – 2 pm – drop in session at Inverloch Basketball Stadium, Inverloch Community Hub.
And an on-line ‘drop-in’ session on:
Wednesday 20 April 5 pm – 6:30 pm – ‘online drop-in session’ on Zoom – register via Eventbrite.
- Philip Heath

Bunurong Coast Education

Easter Holiday Activities - don't miss out!


There are still some vacancies in our Easter Holiday Program. Bookings and information are available at Eventbrite.

Bunurong Environment Centre

New products in the shop

Why not pop into the shop at the Bunurong Environment Centre during the school holidays! 

We have a great new product - made with recycled cardboard and printed with eco-friendly ink. Creating a EUGY cardboard critter is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. There are lots of cute Aussie creatures to create.

This New Zealand owned company donates to many conservation charities.
- Kirby Leary

Book Review

A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living by Lauren and Oberon Carter

Lauren and Oberon Carter have put together a wonderful book to tackle our ever growing waste problem in Australia. A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living is a beautifully illustrated manual which deals with day to day problems. It illustrates very simple ways to eliminate waste in the home, the school, at work and in the world. The book covers food waste, recipes and food storage. It deals with packaging waste and what you can do around the house, outside, and finally how to tackle change and foster a waste free community.

I found it a simple and practical text as well as being inspiring.

The book is available at the Bunurong Environment Centre.
- Linda Senhenn

Public Consultations

Code of Practice for Bushfire Management on Public Land 


Have your say on intended changes to the 2012 Code of Practice for Bushfire Management on Public Land (the Bushfire Code) to extend its expiry date and update references.

The Bushfire Code sets out two key objectives:
  • To minimise the impact of major bushfires on human life, communities, essential and community infrastructure, industries, the economy and the environment. Human life will be afforded priority over all other considerations.
  • To maintain or improve the resilience of natural ecosystems and their ability to deliver services such as biodiversity, water, carbon storage and forest products.
You can participate by completing a survey or uploading a written submission by 6 May 2022. Details are on the website.

Home Energy Rating Assessment


DELWP is seeking to expand the range of energy efficiency upgrades (activities) available under the VEU program and is seeking feedback from stakeholders on a new activity: home energy rating assessment.

The purpose of this consultation is to set out the proposed Regulations and Specifications for home energy rating assessments in residential applications and to seek the views of interested stakeholders.

Information about how to participate can be found on the website

The consultation closes on Friday 29 April 2022.

Wilsons Promontory Revitalisation


This consultation is now live on Engage Victoria. Your feedback will help to protect Wilsons Prom’s unique environment and biodiversity and shape visitor experiences for future generations. 

To get involved you can:

This consultation closes on Sunday 15 May 2022. 

Other News

Picture Gallery

Linda's place backs onto Ayr Creek reserve. Over the last couple of days she's noticed a yellow Robin scudding past her and very close as she was pruning. There's also been a family of four flitting about as she turned over the soil - one sitting on the handle of her spade, another hanging from the washing on the line.

 - Photos by Linda Senhenn

Deadline for contributions

We would love to share your photographs and stories in the newsletter. Please send your contributions by Tuesday 26 April. Email to

Newsletter archive

Read past copies of the newsletter in our archive.
The South Gippsland Conservation Society wishes to acknowledge that the Bunurong and Boon Wurring peoples of the Kulin nation are the traditional owners of this land, over which they have never ceded sovereignty, and we pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
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