Barwon Coast honours its Volunteers

Thank you


Barwon Coast recently hosted a special event to celebrate the dedicated efforts of local volunteer groups who help protect the environment. Held at the 13th Beach SLSC clubhouse during National Volunteer Week, the event recognized the invaluable contributions from organizations such as Friends of the Bluff, Friends of the Lobster Pot, Ocean Grove Coastcare, Breamlea Coastcare, Barwon EstuaryWatch, and Friends of the Hooded Plover Bellarine.

Sandy Gatehouse, chair of the Barwon Coast Committee of Management, expressed her gratitude to the volunteers. “Your passion for preserving our coastal spaces is inspiring,” she said.

“While each volunteer group has its own unique objectives, together you are greater than the sum of your parts in caring for this special coastal region,”

Barwon Coast Chief Executive Officer Gareth Smith emphasized the significant impact of the volunteers’ work. “In January alone during our Coastal Discovery Program, these amazing groups provided experiences for over 1,800 locals and visitors engaging with the Barwon Coast. An incredible 300 volunteer hours were contributed to the program,” he noted.

Special guests included Corangamite federal member Libby Coker, who praised the volunteers for their community spirit. “It was amazing to join with so many fantastic local volunteers for this event – it highlighted the work of our local community groups, and the environmental advocates who work so hard to protect our coastlines and unique wildlife,” Ms. Coker said.

“They all play a vital role in many different ways, whether it be helping out in times of crisis, supporting the most vulnerable people in our community, or assisting with community events, and this was a great opportunity to recognize them during Volunteer Week.”

Bellarine MP Alison Marchant also attended the event to meet volunteer group representatives and hear insights into their diverse roles, from monitoring river health to protecting vulnerable wildlife such as the hooded plover.

Locals and visitors all benefit from the wonderful gift of time and expertise the volunteers give to the Barwon Coast. If you would like to volunteer on the Barwon Coast, contact our Education and Volunteer Coordinator Sally