Bellarine and Geelong

Environmental Volunteering Calendar

Join Conservation Volunteers Australia for a unique volunteering opportunity at our NAIDOC Celebration Day, located at Taits Point, overlooking Lake Connewarre. This wetland location is a RAMSAR site for migratory birds and holds important ecological and cultural significance, particularly to indigenous ancestors.

We will begin the day with a smoking ceremony, Welcome to Country, and cultural education session provided by the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Corp. Afterward, volunteers will enjoy a bush tucker themed morning tea and tasting, and have the opportunity to explore the parkland. Don't miss this chance to connect with the community and honor the cultural history of Lake Connewarre.

Hope to see you there!

This year we are again conducting Clean Up Australia Day at Jerringot, which has long been associated with the GFNC. Please help us keep the Jerringot wetland free of harmful litter and enjoy the plants and wildlife.

Meet: At the bird hide on the Barwon Valley golf course road. Please note, you can only turn left into the golf course road and when leaving, you can only turn left onto the Barwon Heads Rd.

Bring: Yourself, friends, gloves, stout shoes (gumboots and/or gaiters are useful in some places), hat, sunscreen and drinking water. Binoculars and camera would be handy to enjoy the birdlife while you are there.

We will have a supply of gloves, sanitiser and some Hi-Viz vests but bring your own if possible.

The Bellarine Catchment Network are delighted to be partnering with the Aquatic Environmental Stress Research Group at RMIT University (AQUEST) and Corangamite Catchment Management Authority as part of a Coastcare Victoria grant to launch Litter Trackers in Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast waterways.

The Litter Trackers: ‘Burbs to the Bay' project connects scientists with schools and community groups to launch GPS tracked bottles into Geelong’s waterways to demonstrate how and where litter travels in our waterways.

The project aims to reduce littering in Geelong, Bellarine and the Surf Coast and educate communities about the environmental effects of litter on our waterways, to empower individuals with the knowledge to make informed choices about preventable litter pollution. To read more about the project and track the progress of the bottles, visit the Burbs to the Bay project page

The next six bottles will be launched at the Belmont Common Boat Ramp on 25th of August from 10am and will be attended by Christine Couzen MP as well as students from Geelong High School & Northern Bay College.

Please join us this Thursday at 10am to launch the litter trackers!

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