Bass Coast,

Grants to keep Bass Coast clean

Sustainability Victoria has funded three projects aimed at reducing littering and illegal dumping in Bass Coast through its Litter Innovation Fund.

The region received $38,500 in grants, shared between three organisations.

Awarded in October to Bass Coast Shire Council, Phillip Island Nature Parks and the San Remo Foreshore Committee, the projects will run over a 12 month period.

Bass Coast Shire Council

Council received an $8,500 grant to implement its ‘Follow Your Waste’ project.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said the project will address illegal dumping within the Bass Coast region.

“Illegal dumping can be linked to a lack of knowledge of what can be disposed of at waste transfer and recycle centres for free or minimal cost, and in fact, the majority of illegal dumping in the region consists of items that could have been disposed of for free at a waste facility,” Cr Rothfield said.

The project includes Free ‘Follow Your Waste’ tours for community groups of the Grantville Transfer Station and Landfill, and the Wonthaggi Recyclers depot.

These tours will be run from February to July 2017 and will help community members gain a good understanding of what can be taken to a transfer station and how a landfill works.

The project will also include the installation of new signs and monitoring of prominent illegal dumping hot spots. Community groups can contact the Council’s Waste Services Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 if they would like to arrange a ‘Follow Your Waste’ tour.

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks received a $20,000 grant to fund its project titled ‘Turn the Tide’, an enquiry based student program addressing the impacts of school litter and marine debris.

Its objective is to engage and inspire students to take action and reduce litter at school, home, local community and the marine environment.

‘Turn the Tide’ will provide 120 Year 7 and 8 students from eight schools in the Gippsland area a unique opportunity to work in the field with scientists and rangers to develop a detailed understanding of impacts of litter on the marine environment.

Through conducting school litter audits, hands on marine debris clean ups and implementing students’ action plans at their school or in their local community, students see their actions can make a difference.

“‘Turn the Tide’ is predominately about educating students on the problems associated with litter and marine debris and the importance of working together,” said Kim Dunstan, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Education Coordinator.

“Litter enters the marine environment by many different pathways. The majority originates from land based sources. Litter can be blown, dumped, thrown and washed into stormwater drains, creeks and rivers, each leading to the ocean. Litter pollutes beaches and kills marine wildlife.”

San Remo Foreshore Committee

The San Remo Foreshore Committee of Management, in partnership with the Fisherman's Cooperative and local schools, will educate locals and visitors about how litter effects the marine environment thanks to a $10,000 grant.

The project aims to create a sense of stewardship for the local environment and students will be involved in beach clean-up days and monitoring types of litter collected at the site.

Multi-age activities will be produced to engage and deepen an individual's awareness of the effects of litter. Each activity empowers the students, demonstrating that one individual, no matter their age, can make a difference to help protect the environment.

An iconic sculpture celebrating the pelican and building awareness of the hazards of plastic to our marine life is being produced by local artist David Alexander Kopelman.