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September 13, 2021
The South Gippsland Conservation Society wish to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands we meet and work in – the Bunurong People - and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Conservation Society News

Project Updates

Ayr Creek Planting Day - Sunday 19 September - from 10:00am

Honeyeater Circuit and Royal Parade, Inverloch


As Regional Victoria is out of lockdown with restrictions for groups of ten people to meet outdoors, we can have a go at the Ayr Creek Planting Day.

We are still considering a rostered planting with a timetable to assist with our compliance for we expect more than ten people to be involved in the day. So if you can come as  couples, we will be planting into zones at 100 plants per zone or 50 plants per person. There are two planting sites at Honeyeater Circuit and Royal Parade.

Please register your interest to attend the day and nominate your preferred time. We will arrange a roster and email back to you an allotted time and zone.

Click here to register, and read all the details about the roster.
- John Cuttriss, Projects sub-committee


The ‘Rally Round Our Dunes’ event remains on hold until the COVID situation stabilises, and regulations allow, hopefully later this year. In the meantime, look out for the banners that were prepared for the rally by the Boomerang Bags volunteers (thanks Michelle and Aileen). They will be displayed at the BEC on a rotating basis.

An interview with Professor Rodger Tomlinson, Founding Director of the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, has been posted on the ICRP section of the SGCS website. In the interview, Professor Tomlinson discusses the influence that the position of the main channel into Andersons Inlet has on Inverloch Surf Beach erosion. A range of measures that could assist with managing surf beach erosion, ranging from nature-based, dune enhancement options through to structural measures such as offshore reefs and groynes are identified. 

Watch the interview here (20 mins). It provides further input to the Victorian Government’s Cape to Cape Resilience Project.

Our laser level beach monitoring team continues to provide the latest coastline changes to the Cape to Cape Resilience Project team. Recent surveys have highlighted the ongoing beach erosion that is occurring west of the Surf Club, with a further 1-2m dune recession resulting along the Wreck Creek to Flat Rocks section during July 2021 alone. A new breakthrough of the western arm of Wreck Creek occurred during July with additional loss of dune vegetation.
Detailed submissions were provided to the recent Cape to Cape Resilience Project community consultations, drawing on the ICRP investigations and monitoring completed over the past 3 years.
- Phillip Heath, Special Projects team leader

Cape to Cape Resilience Project

The recent round of consultations has now closed, and the Cape to Cape Resilience Project team are analysing community inputs for inclusion in their forthcoming Community Values study. We await this report with interest, and are hopeful that the environmental and community values of Inverloch Surf Beach and its dunes will be appropriately recognized, given the extensive community input that has been provided.
The virtual community sessions have also been completed, but you can listen back to a recording of the presentations via the link below. Additional feedback will still be considered by the Cape to Cape project team. The next Stakeholder Reference Group meeting is now not expected to be held until October.

Cape to Cape Resilience Project – Virtual Community Session Presentations (August 2021) 

- Phillip Heath, Special Projects team leader

Bunurong Coast Education

School holiday activities 

We still have vacancies in our school holiday program. Cross your fingers we'll be out of lockdown by then. Information and bookings at Eventbrite.


Bunurong Environment Centre

Latest from the shop

The shop reopened last Friday thanks to the easing of restrictions in Victoria. We look forward to welcoming regional Victorian residents. Of course, QR codes, density limits, face masks still apply.
- Paul Calvert, shop manager

Other News

Victoria Nature Festival - September 11-26
Parks Victoria  have drawn our attention to this event: Victoria’s Nature Festival. lt launched last Saturday but runs until 26 September.  The Festival allows you to connect to nature from the comfort of your own home with live-streamed events and immersive videos.

A complete list of events can be found here.

Farmers for Climate Action launch new report 

Farmers for Climate Action are set to release their landmark new report, “How can Australia’s agriculture sector capitalise on opportunities in a low emissions future?”, which they commissioned economic consultants Ernst & Young to produce. 

The report explores how good climate policy can help farming families diversify their incomes, and increase productivity and profit. It has been produced in consultation with farmers, leaders in the agriculture industry and Australia’s top climate researchers. 

The official report launch is next Wednesday 15 September, at 10am AEST.

Click here to RSVP and read the details of the guest speakers.

Final step in protecting the Mirboo North Forest 

You may have seen recent newspaper reports that the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC), at the direction of the Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change the Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio, will finally commence a formal assessment of Mirboo North forest blocks that were given Immediate Protection Area (IPA) status in November 2019.This is welcome news and means that the final step will shortly be underway to give the IPA permanent designation under law and prevent any future logging.

Read the full press release here.

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