Coast guardians program
4 schools have taken ownership of the rehabilitation and conservation of 4 sites along the coast between Torquay and Lorne.
The Coast Guardians Program is special, ongoing program created by GORCC for year 9 students from local and regional schools. The program is additional to GORCC's general Activity Program for Schools and Groups and is provided free of charge to the schools involved.
The program is aimed at increasing awareness around environmental issues and encouraging social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Ultimately, it is hoped that participants will be able to walk along a protected coast in years to come and enjoy the benefits of their hard work.
On ground activities such as weeding, planting, mulching, erosion prevention and rubbish removal are integrated with theory based learning covering a range of conservation topics and is linked to school curriculum.
The program is also aimed at fostering partnerships between the schools, GORCC, local community organisations and local environmental volunteer groups.
Schools currently participating in the program and the coastal sites undergoing rehabilitation on the Surf Coast are:
- Geelong Lutheran College: Whites Gap and Fishermans Beach Torquay.
- Lorne Aireys Inlet P-12: Erskine River Top Bank, North Lorne Beach and Lorne Point, Lorne.
- Northern Bay P-12 College: Point Impossible and Whites Beach, Torquay.
- Surf Coast Secondary College: Spring Creek, Torquay.