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SGCS has supported school programs for many years with slide presentations as well as guided fieldwork. We now wish to make this material, notes and slideshows, available to everyone. Please see our free resources for schools.

Study by Jane Taylor of Ayr Creek bird populations, March-April 2022. Motion cameras also revealed exciting findings of Lewin’s Rail, listed as Vulnerable in Victoria, and Spotless Crake which appears to be a new species for the site.

Inverloch Coastal Resilience Project

SGCS started the ICRP project in 2018 to raise awareness of the coastline erosion at Inverloch since 2012. It has been monitoring and analysing changes at Inverloch Surf Beach and Andersons Inlet, identifying the impacts on environmental and community values, and possible interventions to help arrest further erosion. See all ICRP reports and documentaries here.

January 2023 - Video from WINNEWS: Delays in Report on Coastal Erosion

Frustration as the dunes continue to disappear, while Inverloch awaits a government report that's been delayed by two years, see: Video from WINNEWS (1.33 mins).

October 2022 - SGCS Supports Dune Renourishment Action at Inverloch Surf Beach

South Gippsland Conservation Society (SGCS) supports the Inverloch Surf Beach dune renourishment option outlined in the Coastal Hazard Assessment summaries that were recently released by the Victorian Government’s Cape to Cape Resilience Project team.

Based on the findings of the Coastal Hazard Assessment consultants and SGCS’s own research, dune renourishment, combined with groynes, represents the best means of maintaining the environmental, cultural and community values of the Surf Beach and its dunes at Inverloch in the face of the increasing impacts of climate change.

SGCS’s Inverloch Coastal Resilience Project leader, Philip Heath, said: ‘It is critical to the future of the Surf Beach, the ecological and cultural values of the vegetated dunes and the safety of adjoining residences, that the remaining dunes are protected. Based on information contained in the summaries and in discussions with the Cape to Cape team, increasing the resilience of the remaining dunes by renourishment, combined with constructing one or more groynes to hold the sand on the Surf Beach, provide the best means of sustaining the Surf Beach in its current, highly-valued form.

The other short-listed engineering adaptation actions assessed in the summary all have serious negative consequences – an extended rock wall would result in the lowering of sand levels and eventual loss of the Surf Beach, while the nearshore breakwater option would completely change the character of the Surf Beach.’

Read the full SGCS response to the recently released Cape to Cape Resilience Project summaries.

February 2022 - 'Rally Round Our Dunes!'

Hundreds of people registered their concern for the future of Inverloch Surf Beach at our recent 'Rally Round Our Dunes!'. A short film of the event has been produced and is available here.
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  • The Rally attracted significant media interest, with front page coverage in the Sentinel-Times, on WIN News, ABC Gippsland News and 3mFM radio.
  • Background to the Rally is provided in a short Q&A here, which describes the rapid and sustained coastline erosion that has occurred at Inverloch Surf Beach since 2012, as well as the environmental and community values that are being impacted.
  • Our refreshed Inverloch Coastal Resilience Project exhibition continues to be on display at the Bunurong Environment Centre. The petition calling for action from all levels of Government has attracted around 400 signatures to date and will be presented to elected representatives in early 2022.
See all ICRP reports and documentaries here.

Carneys Rd, Wonthaggi's Hidden Gem

Carneys Rd

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Click image for ‘Repatriation’ video, a ceremony of contrition and forgiveness in which Aboriginal artefacts were respectfully returned to their rightful owners, the Traditional Custodians of Bunurong Country, on 26 Jan 2022. Sonia Weston received the artefacts on behalf of the Bunurong Land Council.

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About the Society

South Gippsland Conservation Society is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1976. It aims to promote and preserve South Gippsland's natural resources.

SGCS also runs the Bunurong Environment Centre shop and Shell Museum, and Bunurong Coast Education, which offers award-winning education and activities for children and adults.

More about SGCS

Join us! Find out more about our projects and branches, see our affiliates and supporters, and read some useful links. SGCS is a Child Safe organisation: see our Child Safety Code.

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Activities & Excursions

Bunurong Coast Education offers talks, guided tours and outdoor excursions for children and adults in the holidays and on some weekends.
Free local activities for kids — walks, playgrounds, games and more.

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The Environment Centre

We're right in the heart of Inverloch, corner of Ramsey Boulevard and The Esplanade, and we're open 10 am to 4 pm every day.

School Holiday Times

Dec-Jan holidays: open 10 am to 5 pm every day, also Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Other holidays: open 10 am to 4 pm every day.
The Environment Centre provides guides on local attractions and amusements. Kids have free hands-on activities in the Discovery Room, while adults can browse for books and gifts in the shop.

The Centre also houses the famous Shell Museum. Entry is $2 per person, children under 5 free, and funds go to maintaining the museum.