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 four local and regional schools. The program is additional 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 and erosion prevention 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 participating and coastal sites undergoing rehabilitation are:
- Geelong Lutheran College: Whites Gap and Fishermans Beach Torquay.
- Lorne Aireys Inlet P-12: Erskine River Top Bank & North Lorne Beach, Lorne
- Northern Bay P-12 College: Point Impossible
- Surf Coast Secondary College: Spring Creek, play ground near Whites Gap and Cosy corner/Point Danger area, Torquay.