Community organisations and volunteer groups help to maintain our marine and coastal environment through activities such as revegetating coastal areas, building boardwalks, fencing, building tracks, monitoring native shorebirds and animals, presenting education and awareness raising sessions, plantings, landscaping coastal areas and protecting cultural sites.

There will always be a need for dedicated volunteers on our coast, and there are roles for people of all ages, interests and abilities. To join a community group or learn more about our magnificent coastal and marine environment, contact a Coastcare facilitator.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

We know your Coastcare work means a lot to you, as it does to us.

As the situation continues to evolve, it is important to stay up to date at

Coastcare Victoria asks you to follow the latest guidance for environmental volunteers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) which can be found at: Victorians Volunteering for Nature

Please also follow the Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and requirements of the relevant land manager:

  • Committees of Management (CoMs) – visit the (DELWP) Committees of Management webpage
  • Volunteers working on Parks Victoria land – Parks Victoria has COVID-19 information on their Volunteering webpage and Park Connect webpage.
  • Marine and coastal volunteers working on public land managed by another entity (i.e. not Parks Victoria or DELWP/CoM), please contact the land manager for advice.  If you don’t know who the land manager is, contact your local Coastcare Victoria facilitator for assistance to put you in touch.  

The Department of Health and Human Services has information for Victorian volunteers which you can find at the Volunteer website. Official information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions is available on the Department of Health and Human Services web site

For ideas about how to volunteer from home visit Coastcare Victoria's Useful Links for Volunteers webpage.

Coastcare Victoria Facilitators

Coastcare Statewide Coordinator

Bec Cross
0447 165 716

Coastcare Port Phillip and Westernport

Philip Wierzbowski 
0411 409 815

Coastcare Bellarine and Surf Coast

Elise Snell
0437 035 120

Coastcare Western Victoria

Currently vacant - Please contact Elise Snell

Coastcare East Gippsland

Bethany Hunting
0436 629 941

Coastcare South Gippsland

Tracey Miller-Armstrong
0427 441 013

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Summer by the Sea

Summer by the Sea is an annual program of more than 300 free activities along Victoria’s coast between 2 and 25 January.  

The program gives Victorians the chance to learn about the coastal environment on their doorstep while having fun at the same time.

Bookings will be open from mid December, please visit for program details and to book.

Coastcare Victoria Community Grants

The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program supports community organisations to protect and enhance the coastal and near-shore marine environment.  The grants program is funded by the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund which seeks to build community capacity, support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change.

For more information visit the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants webpage

Coastline Newsletter

Coastline is a Coastcare Victoria publication for coastal and marine communities throughout Victoria.  You will now find Coastline in the pages of the DELWP Marine and Coasts Newsletter

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Coastcare Victoria Marine and Coastal Forums

Coastcare Victoria was a major partner in the 2019 Victorian Marine and Coastal Forum, which brought together coastal and marine managers, researchers and volunteers to enable the building of relationships, sharing knowledge and collaborating across the sector to solve current and future marine and coastal challenges.  The forum took a participatory approach through presentations, workshops and networking opportunities to support cross sector collaboration.

For more information visit the forum website

In April 2017 Coastcare Victoria, with support from the Phillip Island Nature Parks and community volunteers, organised a forum to connect and inspire Coastcare volunteers from across the state.

For more information and to access some of the resources shared at the forum, please click below.

Around 90 enthusiastic people from across the state, representing over 65 volunteer groups including Coastcare, Landcare, ‘Friends’ groups and many more, gathered on Phillip Island for the Coastcare Volunteer Forum on the last weekend in April 2017.

Fieldtrips to learn about the amazing work happening on our coast generated optimism and enthusiasm and workshops allowed volunteers to learn new skills.

This program was developed by Coastcare staff in partnership with key local volunteers Gayle Seddon and Mike Cleeland.

Coastcare thanks Phillip Island Nature Parks for their wonderful support of the forum, the efforts of staff and local volunteers was fundamental to the success of the forum.

We look forward to the next Coastcare Victoria Forum in 2019.

Below are some of the resources shared at the forum. For more information contact your Coastcare Facilitator.

Using Social Media

Tangaroa Blue Foundation

Social Media Posting Strategy

Mapping with Smartphones

Applying for Grants

Engaging CALD Communities

Social Media Open Space Notes

Child Safe Standards Open Space Notes

Coastal Education Open Space Notes

Dogs on Beaches Open Space Notes

Page last updated: 28/09/20