Saturday, 20th February 2021
Protect the Barwon Coast
We are lucky to have access to some of Victoria’s most beautiful beaches at Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and Breamlea.
We want to share the beauty of these areas with everyone, so please protect our coast by doing the following:
Take your rubbish home
Discarded rubbish not only makes a mess of the beach, it can be a hazard to local wildlife.
Keep off the dunes
Sand dunes are a vital part of the beach as they protect low-lying areas from coastal storms, wind and waves. By trampling or sliding down the dunes, it erodes them and damages the coastal plants that help the dunes to do their job.
Don't light fires
Fires cause carbon emissions and leftover hot coals can be a hazard to people and animals. It is also illegal to light fires and there are very heavy fines if you get caught.
Stay on the paths
Beaches are sensitive places. If you stray from the path, you could be unknowingly damaging the delicate ecosystems around them.
Follow dog orders
For many people, dogs are an important part of beach life. But sometimes they can cause damage and frighten wildlife, so please follow the new dog control orders for Barwon Coast beaches. Also, always pick up after your dog.
Give wildlife space
Hooded Plovers are a critically endangered species that live breed on the beach near Breamlea and Ocean Grove. Protect them by staying away and keep your dog on a lead when you’re nearby.
Join a local group
Help protect and improve these places by joining one of the volunteer groups working in and around the Barwon Coast beaches.
Find out what else is happening
The Barwon Coast Committee of Management has overall responsibility for managing the coastal areas in and around Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.
For more information about how they’re working to protect these areas, please visit their website.
Source: Caitlin Fraser