Giving back to our coastal environment

Fairhaven to Lorne

Find out more about your local environmental volunteer group and get in touch today. Whether you have a spare hour or more, they’d love to hear from you.

Volunteer groups

The Friends of Queens Park began after a group of ladies began lobbying the State Government for stronger protection of the Queens Park reserve in Lorne. The ladies successfully helped protect the land for conservation purposes and are part of the reason the Lorne community has retained the woodland forest with breath-taking lookouts.

The group’s primary focus is on the conservation of the park, however they are working towards engaging more visitors, particularly international travellers and providing an enjoyable, fun and educational experience.

Friends of Queens Park Lorne works collaboratively with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee in the management and conservation of Queens Park which consists of more than 55 hectares. The area includes the iconic Teddy’s Lookout which provides spectacular panoramic views of the coast and overlooks the St George Inlet.

Meetings | Third Sunday in August, September and October from 10 am, and other times as required.

Contact | Gary White by email

LorneCare was formed in 2000 to carry out the community actions outlined in the Catchment Management Plan for Erskine River and Stony Creek. The group has regular working bees and often helps the Friends of Queens Park, Lorne group with annual clean ups.

LorneCare works along the foreshore from North Lorne to the St George River and Queens Park. The team of dedicated volunteers also conduct an annual Lorne foreshore clean up on New Year’s Day.

LorneCare was responsible for unveiling Lorne’s hidden gem at Stony Creek, removing the overgrown blackberries and other weeds to create a popular wedding location. The group attracts a good mix of permanent residents and weekend homeowners and emphases the social element of volunteering.

Working bees | Third Sunday of each month at 10 am followed by a BBQ.

Location | listed in the Lorne Independent and on the post office community notice board.

Contact | Alain Purnell on 0417 031 905

View the blogs

Read the latest volunteer stories from LorneCare on our blog.

Auspiced by Friends of Eastern Otways

Friends of Moggs Creek is a small team of locals who work in partnership with the Surf Coast Shire to help eradicate weeds in the Moggs Creek area and replant indigenous species. The group is supported by ANGAIR and aims to restore the environment around Moggs Creek to its original condition.

Meetings | As required

Contact | John Dangerfield on 5289 6644.


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

Other volunteer groups

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee

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