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Anglesea and Aireys Inlet

There are several environmental volunteer groups near the Anglesea and Aireys Inlet district who are actively involved in a variety of work, activities and monitoring along the coast. Find your local group below.

Volunteer groups

Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the protection of Flora and Fauna

A prominent environmental group in Anglesea, ANGAIR is dedicated to protecting the indigenous flora and fauna of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet. The group has over 600 members and participate in a variety of activities designed to include members of all ages and abilities. From weeding to propagating plants, nature walks and more, ANGAIR has an environmental activity for everyone.

The group was established in 1968 and works on all crown land in the vicinity of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet.

The group has published several documents, including the Flowers of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet, Anglesea – A Natural History Study and more, all available on their website,

ANGAIR has an extensive calendar filled with a variety of activities throughout the week and on weekends, including:

  • environmental care (weeding)
  • propagation of local native species
  • nature walks
  • bird walks
  • working with schools and university students on environmental care
  • maintaining and opening an extensive environmental library
  • environmental talks and presentations
  • assisting with research projects
  • microscope group

Full event calendar available at,au.

Plant propagation | every Tuesday and Thursday, 9.00am

Working bees | 3 Mondays a month, followed by morning tea. Meet at 9:30am at the ANGAIR Natural History Centre, McMillan St, Anglesea.

Contact |  Carl Rayner on 0439 558 600

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Sub-committee of ANGAIR

The Friends of Aireys Inlet Coastal Reserve was established in 1991 as a sub group of ANGAIR to focus on the removal of woody weeds from the 3.7km of land along the cliff top between Boundary Road and the Inlet.

The group has made significant progress in the area over the years and is turning their focus to the regeneration of native flora and controlling the presence of environmental weeds.

Meetings | First Saturday of each month (except January) 9:30-11am followed by morning tea.

Location | Meet above the junction of Beach Road and Eaglerock Parade.

Contact | Roger Gantly on 0409 502 480.

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Read the latest volunteer stories from Friends of Aireys Inlet Coastal Reserve on our blog.

ANGAIR sub-committee

Friends of Anglesea Coast is a subcommittee of ANGAIR and was formed in 1995 to care for the coastal reserves from the Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park to O’Donhues Road, Point Roadknight.

The group has been working to restore the Soapy Rocks section of the Surf Coast Walk near Point Roadknight, revegetating the landscape to improve the scenic outlook of the area.

The group is also involved in the protection and enhancement of indigenous vegetation along the Anglesea Main Beach sand dunes and the vegetation at Point Roadknight.

Working bees | Second Saturday of each month, 10:00am-12:00pm

Locations | Meet at the Anglesea Motor Yacht Club, Point Roadknight.

Contact | Carl Rayner on 0439 558 600 or email

The Friends of the Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary (FERMS) provides opportunities to people of all ages to experience the sanctuary above and below the surface. Established in 2013 the group participates in Parks Victoria’s Sea Search program, and the annual Great Victorian Fish Count to help support marine research.

FERMS has created an intertidal field guide from a collection of photos, and is a great educational resource about the marine environment around Aireys Inlet, available at local book stores. The group hopes to expand the field guide to a user-friendly app for mobile phones.

FERMS has family memberships and members from all age groups, including pre-school students, teenagers all the way through to retirees. FERMS keeps activities fun and interactive and encourages everyone to get outside and explore our magnificent backyard.

Meetings | Activities and dates vary – please contact for details

Contact | Sharon Blum-Caon on 5289 7389 or

Website | Facebook


Formed in the late 1980s, Friends of Eastern Otways focus on the Eastern Otways, Great Otways National Park and the Anglesea Heath (in conjunction with ANGAIR).

The group works primarily with Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to do weeding and bush regeneration works in the national park.

The group has begun conducting wildlife monitoring with cameras set up around the Ironbark Basin to capture a snapshot of the fauna.

The group has caught several native speices on the camera including the Eastern-brown Bandicoot, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Brushtail possums, the rare Rufous Bristlebird and more.

With more than 180 members, the group holds monthly walks and working bees.

Meetings | Second Tuesday of each month 9:30am-11:00am

Location | Corner of O’Donohue Road and Great Ocean Road

Contact | Margaret MacDonald on 5289 6326 or email

The Friends of Point Addis help maintain the marine and parkland areas between Southside to Red Rocks and the Ironbark Basin.

Established in 2007, the group works closely with Parks Victoria to tackle the troublesome Phytophthora root rot – a disease that affects many native plants and ecosystems.

The group aims to educate locals and visitors about the importance of washing boots, bikes and other objects that come into contact with the mud to help reduce the spread.

The group regularly participates in Parks Victoria’s ‘Sea Search’ program and promotes land and water based volunteering activities.

Friends of Point Addis also help protect the vulnerable Hooded Plover nesting zones in their area.

Contact | Bronwyn Sparks on 0408 632 224 or e-mail

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Great Ocean Road Coast Committee

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