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March to June 2015 Update 2

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Caring For Our Bays

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Community Update
 
Hello and welcome to our second community update on the Caring For Our Bays program.

Rebecca Petit-Bramwell has officially started as Caring For Our Bays Coastal Coordinator and will work with Matt Crawley on the program. Rebecca works Monday, Tuesday and every second Thursday. Rebecca's contact details are: 
Email: Rebecca.bcn@environmentbellarine.org.au 
Ph: 0411 161 705.
Rebecca is based at The Bellarine Environment Centre, 865 Swan Bay Rd, Mannerim.
She looks forward to working with the community on this exciting program.

The Caring For Our Bays Program has completed both and Community and Stakeholder reviews of Litter Hot Spot Sites and Issues. We received feedback about sites from numerous Community Groups, Land Managers and Organisations  in Geelong and on the Bellarine. In general a number of themes / Categories emerged:
 
  1. Fishing Locations / Activity               
    Fishing location, fishing litter and food packaging litter was a concern across Geelong and the Bellarine.
  2. Piers and Boat Ramps -       
    General litter, takeaway variety, fast food, alcohol, cigarette butts and fishing litter
  3. Look Outs / Parking Areas
    General litter, takeaway variety, fast food, alcohol, cigarette butts and fishing litter
  4. Boats / Boating
    Concern over throwing waste, litter overboard in the Bays and Harbours
  5. Creeks / Waterways and Drains
    Numerous over Geelong and Bellarine Areas.  Hotspots in Residential areas, near industry and business districts i.e Corio Village, Fast Food Outlets
  6. Gross Pollutant Traps
    GPT are technically constrained to certain sites.  We are working with CoGG on suitable sites and Cuthbertsons Creek has been identified as the next site for GPT.
Case studies and sites to be scoped and identified (subject to confirmation from land managers and communities) in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 of the program are:
Creek Clean up with Waterwatch
Sites Year 1:
Cuthbertsons Creek (In progress)
Cowies Creek
Clifton Springs Boat Ramp and Car Park (In progress)
Portarlington Pier (In progress)

Sites Year 2:
Limeburners Carpark and Boatramp
St Helens Pier
St Leonards Pier
Burnt Point
 






Sites Year 3:
Point Richards Boat Ramp
Cunningham Pier
Hovells Creek
Geelong Ring Rd / Melbourne Rd
Avalon

 
Point Lonsdale Primary School Caring For Our Bays Environment Day was a hit!

On Tuesday 19th of May the Bellarine Catchment Network, Borough of Queenscliffe and Point Lonsdale Primary School joined Forces to hold the inaugural ‘Caring For Our Bays’ Environment day. This was supported by the State Government Litter Hotspots Program and Beacon Resort Queenscliffe.
 
Three activities were held with 60 Grade 3 and Grade 4 Class students rotating through tree planting, Coastcare Challenge Course and Connies Cards and Education.  Kids learnt about a variety of environmental themes including Hooded Plovers and how to protect them, what enters our drains enters our Bays, what is the real harm of plastics in our waterways and the biodiversity value of Moonah Woodlands.
 
Borough of Queenscliffe Sustainability Officer Jacqueline Wilson said "it was great for the Point Lonsdale Primary School to support and be involved in this Day.  We hope it becomes an annual event with the school and they take ownership of a section of foreshore".  While Roberto D'Andrea from the Connies said ''The kids were great and were really switched on with their local environment."

Most importantly the kids from Point Lonsdale Primary School got a real kick out of it.  It was fun, healthy and outdoors.  Cathy Vassiliou, Grade 4 Teacher stated, "Learning about what makes our area special was exciting. Like the Burrunun Dolphin, only found in Port Phillip Bay and Gippsland Lakes and recently classified as a new specie."
 
Litter Count at Cuthbertson's Creek as a template for future sites

The Caring For Our Bays Program had a team of Conservation Volunteers Australia at Cuthbertson's Creek under take litter counts to determine the main sources of rubbish. Cuthbertson’s Creek litter management will become a case study for other litter hotspots in our region. We started testing water quality, counting and surveying litter and we will move on to other areas such as Hovells Creek, Cowies Creek and foreshore areas in Clifton Springs, Portarlington and St Leonards as part of the identified Litter Hotspots.

City of Greater Geelong Environment & Sustainability Councillor Andy Richards said "The Caring For Our Bays program is much more than a clean up. Caring For Our Bays is about identifying litter that flows into our bays, working out where it comes from and how we can stop it happening in the future."



Corio Ward Councillor Kylie Fisher said "This also provided an opportunity to engage local communities. We’re looking forward to working with local schools and businesses to educate and encourage them to look after these important areas.  It’s crucial people know how their local environment can affect our bays and waterways. We want to engage local communities and give them ownership of looking after and protecting their local areas,” said Cr Fisher. 

          
 
 
Upcoming Events

8 June 2015 World Oceans Day 

The theme for this year is Healthy oceans, healthy planet. World Oceans Day, held every 8 June is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action.

People all over our blue planet organise celebrations – which can be a huge event in your community, a special announcement, or anything in between – to support action to protect the ocean. This year, the theme is Healthy oceans, healthy planet, and we’re making a special effort to stop plastic pollution.

Check out http://www.worldoceansday.org to learn how you can hold an event for World Oceans Day, or take action for the ocean on your own. 

“Backyard Biodiversity” 

Bellarine Secondary College, Bellarine Catchment Network and Barwon Coast invite you to attend the
2015 Bellarine Secondary College Environment Day.  

Where: Bellarine Secondary College, Ocean Grove Campus, Shell Road
 
When: Friday June 5th, 2015 

Time: 9am for a 9:15am start (10:45am morning tea) 

Make the most of the opportunity to sit in on any of the exciting workshops being conducted throughout the day.  RSVP asap to maddie@barwoncoast.com.au

Caring For Our Bays is creating an exciting art piece with the students out of plastic waste materials found in our environment at this event.


OUR VISION STATEMENT

People will take responsibility for their actions and pride in their community surroundings resulting in a healthy marine ecosystem and a brighter future for our bays.

 


Image above from Ocean Grove Coast Care Group

Local Litter Measurement Toolkit Training

 This training has been designed for community groups, land managers and local government to:
 
  • Increase access to best practice data collection techniques to inform management of litter and illegal dumping.
  • More efficiently evaluate litter and illegal dumping in their local area
  • Conduct cost benefit analysis to improve their local litter prevention projects, and to better understand the true cost illegal dumping and litter to an organisation.
When: Friday 3 July 2015, 10.00am- 2.00pm
Where: Gordon Tafe, East Campus, Boundary Rd, East Geelong
Note: A light lunch is provided.
RSVP by 29 June to Matt Crawley, Caring For Our Bays Program Manager,
Email: matt.bcn@environmentbellarine.org.au or call Matt on 0417 231 853
Please note: You may bring a charged laptop or a desktop computer is provided.