March 2015 Update 1

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Caring For Our Bays

Community Update
Welcome to the first update for 'Caring for Our Bays'. These updates are intended to keep you abreast of what is happening in the program and provide some interesting information and resources.

Currently information on litter hotspots and issues identified by both the community and program partners is being reviewed and will assist in the development of projects. More information will be available after the March Partner Meeting.
Community Forum
On the evening of 5 February, 23 residents from Geelong and the Bellarine participated in a community forum in Drysdale. The purpose of this forum was to provide information on ‘Caring for Our Bays’, to seek input from the community regarding ideas to meet the program aims and identify litter hotspots in the program area. An overview of the program was provided and then a series of café conversations were held on the following topics: identifying hotspots and issues, what actions to prevent litter are currently being undertaken, ideas to develop pride in the bay and what success of the program would look like to individuals. Click on the link below to view the participants' visions for the program.
What success of the program would look like
Local Litter Measurement Tool Training (LLMT)
On 11 February, Caring for Our Bays Partners and a local Green Team, participated in training on the Local Litter Measurement Toolkit, held by VLAA (Victorian Litter Action Alliance). VLAA is working with Bellarine Catchment Network to develop a train the trainer approach for organizations and community groups. This will assist in building capacity to undertake litter counts and observation surveys and ensure a consistent methodology. At this stage the training is expected to occur in late March/April.
Upcoming Event brought to you by the Corangamite CMA and
Estuary Watch

Estuaries Unmasked Night Seminar Series Come and see Corio Bay in a different way! Includes guest speakers from The Nature Conservancy and 
The Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre.
Tuesday March 24, 6.30-8.30pm at
The Royal Geelong Yacht Club, 
25 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong.

Supper provided. RSVP essential, required by March 17. Please call (03) 5232 9100 for enquiries and bookings

For more information click here 
Please feel free to pass on the flyer to your networks.

Interesting Website
Beach Patrol
At the Community Forum held in Drysdale, the Beach Patrol operating in Melbourne was mentioned. Below is an extract from their website and link.

Beach Patrol website –“ Beach Patrol is an organised network of volunteers, community beach cleaning groups…
Each group defined by its suburb, is comprised of residents of that suburb and is named according to the relevant post code…Further each group has their own t-shirts which are worn during beach cleans. The t-shirts are printed with the common beach patrol logo but customised according to the suburb of the individual group. Customisation is enhanced by each group having their own positive team colour…
Local residents sign up on the Beach Patrol website to become members of their selected group. Members then pledge one hour of voluntary beach cleaning per month.”


Water Citizenship Report

“The focus of this report is the involvement of the community in decision-making processes about the use, management or regulation of water resources and  water ecosystems”
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