Volunteer groups working to protect and preserve Victoria’s coastal landscapes will share in almost $250,000 funding through the 2018 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program.

The recipients were announced at last night’s Victorian Coastal Awards, which recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and commitment of individuals and groups along Victoria’s coast.

Local Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said Conservation Australia Volunteers and The Bellarine Catchment Network in the Bellarine Region received grants to support their efforts to conserve coastal and marine ecosystems across Victoria.

Conservation Australia Volunteers project is for Point Lonsdale Foreshore Stabilisation.   The Bellarine Catchment Network is for Bellarine Coastal Community Engagement and on-ground works covering the majority of the Bellarine, focusing on Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff, St Leonards, Indented Head, Portarlington, Drysdale and Clifton Springs.

The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program supports community groups that are committed to the conservation, restoration and rehabilitation of coastal and marine environments along Victoria’s 2,500 kilometres of coastline.

The Victorian Government awarded grants of up to $10,000 for one-year and $15,000 for two-year projects that include revegetation, monitoring native shorebirds and animals and protecting cultural sites.

For a full list of successful recipients, visit

 Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

 “The Bellarine is fortunate to have a wealth of passionate volunteers committed to looking after our coastline for the benefit of local communities and visitors alike.”

 “The Victorian Government is committed to supporting these community groups continue their efforts to make significant and lasting improvements to our coastline.”

 “Supporting these dedicated community groups is an investment to protect and preserve our unique coastal environments for the enjoyment of all Victorians into the future.”