Surfers partner with conservation

July 14, 2017 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Community, Environment, Indigenous

In 2016, Corangamite CMA formed a new partnership with Surfing Victoria with the aim of encouraging surfers involvement in conservation. They established a number of new initiatives to encourage the involvement of the surfing community in environmental projects.
 By working together Surfing Victoria and Corangamite CMA can reach their common goals and values of increasing local participation in both surfing and natural resource management.

One of the projects implemented is the CCMA’s direct sponsorship of the Junior Category of the 2017 Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles. Thereby, improving Indigenous youth connection and recognition.

Corangamite CMA presents the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles from First Ladies – Colleen Hughson on Vimeo.

The CCMA support a number of community environmental groups along the coast. If you’re involved in conservation then check with the CCMA what funding opportunities might be available to you. If you’re not involved in conservation but realise after watching this that you should be, then it might be a good idea to join your Landcare or Coastcare action group.


The surfers who re-vegged Bells Beach

July 10, 2017 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Community, Environment

The Corangamite CMA give small grants to community groups working in the natural environment. One of these grants is the Coastal Small Grants fund and one of the recipients of this fund is a group called SANE (Surfers Appreciating the Natural Environment).

SANE from First Ladies – Colleen Hughson on Vimeo.

SANE is a group of surfers who have been looking after the Bells Beach Reserve for the past 30 years. They remove weeds, plant indigenous plant species and educate the community on how to lessen the negative impacts that they have on the environment.

When SANE started the Bells Beach reserve was heavily degraded. The dunes & cliff tops were seriously eroded, it was riddled with tracks, rubbish and weeds, there were very few native plants and the carparks were dirt paddocks. It is hard to imagine looking at it today that it could’ve been in such a sorry state. Few visitors to Bells Beach realise that the lush vegetation and wildlife they see are a direct result of the dedication and commitment of SANE.

The SANE group realised back in the 80’s that if they wanted a beautiful and healthy environment then they would have to look after it themselves. They realised that they couldn’t rely on the government or the Torquay Shire to do the work. There was a shift in thinking from blaming their local council for the state of things to realising the responsibility lies with individuals and communities to act.

The CCMA support a number of community environmental groups along the coast. If you’re involved in conservation then check with the CCMA what funding opportunities might be available to you. If you’re not involved in conservation but realise after watching this that you should be, then it might be a good idea to join your Landcare or Coastcare action group.