A family walking along the wet sand, between some rocks. There is some haze in the background but a lighthouse is still visible.

Our favorite backyard needs protecting

Volunteering is a rewarding way to give back to the community and coast and the perfect way to help protect our favourite backyard.

It is the backbone of our ongoing conservation work and with more than a dozen active volunteer groups along the coast, there is sure to be one near you.

Each group focuses on a specific coastal area and works closely with land managers to ensure the preservation of the natural environment.

Anglesea to Aireys Inlet

Phone: (03) 5263 1085
Email: admin@angair.org.au
Website| Facebook

ANGAIR Coastal Group, Anglesea
Phone: Carl Rayner on 0439 558 600

Friends of Aireys Inlet Valley and Coastal Reserve
Phone: 0409 502 480
Email: rganly8@bigpond.com

Friends of Eastern Otways
Email: info@feo.org.au
Website| Facebook

Fairhaven to Lorne

Friends of Queens Park
Email: Gary White on jw175843@bigpond.net.au

Phone: Alain Purnell 0417 031 905
Email: alainpurnell@bigpond.com

Great Ocean Road

Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast
Email: meghan.cullen@birdlife.org.au

Torquay to Jan Juc

Friends of Deep Creek
Phone: 0407 712 064
Email: f.o.d.c@outlook.com

Friends of Taylor Park
Phone: Ian Convery on 0418 386 190
Email: friends.of.taylor.park.vic@gmail.com

Jan Juc Coast Action
Phone: Luke Hynes on 0406 113 438
Email: luke@beaconecological.com.au
Website | Facebook

Surf Coast and Inland Plains Network (SCIPN)
Phone: Murray Johns on 0455 500 542
Email: murray.scipn@gmail.com

Surfrider Foundation
Phone: Darren Noyes-Brown on 0411 552 447
Email: surfcoast@surfrider.org.au
Website | Facebook

Torquay Coast Action
Phone: Glenda Shomaly on 0490 534 892
Email: gshomaly@gmail.com

Separation Creek to Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Landcare Group
Email: apollobaylandcare@gmail.com

Otway Barham Catchment Landcare Group

Email: otwaybarhamlandcare@gmail.com

Southern Otway Landcare Network (SOLN)
Phone: Oliver Kerr on 0412 313 216
Email: oliver.landcare@soln.org
Website | Facebook

Why should I get involved?

Environmental volunteering is:

  • Fun
  • Good for your health and fitness
  • A fantastic way to meet like-minded people
  • An opportunity to develop and build knowledge and skills
  • A hands-on way to make a real difference to our precious coastline
  • An excellent networking opportunity
  • Great to have on your resume.

Local volunteer groups welcome the extra hands and provide training for hands-on practical management strategies.

What kind of activities are involved?

It’s not all about weeding! Volunteer groups along our coast conduct a variety of roles in many different areas. Activities may include:

  • Revegetation
  • Developing facilities such as walking tracks
  • Preventing erosion
  • Weeding
  • Participating in informative walks
  • Monitoring native birds and animals
  • Attending meetings and social events
  • And much more.
How often do I need to participate?

The best part about volunteering is that even if you only have one day or a weekend to spare, volunteer groups would love to hear from you!

You can become a regular participant or help when and where you can – it’s up to you.