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South Gippsland Conservation Society


SGCS has been supporting school programs for many years, providing slide presentations with expert commentary, as well as guiding fieldwork activities. We are now keen to make this material - notes and slideshows in pdf format - available to a wider audience.
Please see our free resources for schools.

NEWSLETTERS — What's Happening at SGCS?

  • 13 Sep 2021 - Ayr Creek Planting Day, Sunday 19 September - Inverloch Coastal Resilience Project
  • 30 Aug 2021 - September Working Bees - Ayr Creek Restoration species
  • 13 Aug 2021 - Rally postponed - Working Bees - Members needed for sub-committees
  • 26 Jul 2021 - Farmers for Climate Action - National Tree Day at the Prom
  • 12 Jul 2021 - Rally Round Our Dunes - Carneys Rd Planting - Koalas
  • 28 Jun 2021 - Please Renew Membership - Carneys Rd Cleanup - School Holidays
  • 14 Jun 2021 - ICRP - Cape to Cape Resilience Project - Carneys Road Working Bee
  • 31 May 2021 - National Volunteers Week - 2021 SGCS Membership Due

    Inverloch Coastal Resilience Project SGCS started the ICRP project in 2018 to raise awareness of the coastline erosion occurring at Inverloch since 2012. It has been monitoring coastline changes at Inverloch Surf Beach and Andersons Inlet, analysing factors contributing to changes, and identifying impacts on environmental and community values. Interventions that could assist in arresting further erosion are also being studied. Outputs include:
    • The ICRP Project Report (August 2019)
    • Coastline in Crisis documentary (May 2020)
    • Two Beach Monitoring reports (July 2020, February 2021)
    • Report by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management (December 2020)
    • Interview with Professor Emeritus Rodger Tomlinson (August 2021)
    See all Inverloch Coastal Resilience Project reports and documentaries here.

    28 Aug 2021: Interview with Professor Emeritus Rodger Tomlinson

    Rodger Tomlinson discusses the influence that the position of the main channel into Andersons Inlet has on Inverloch Surf Beach erosion. He identifies a range of measures that could assist with managing further erosion, ranging from nature-based, dune enhancement options through to structural measures such as offshore reefs and groynes. Watch the interview here (20 mins).

    15 May 2020: Video - Coastline in Crisis

    The documentary Coastline in Crisis analyses factors contributing to the rapid erosion at Inverloch surf beach, with footage of the shoreline and interviews with team members, business owners and community representatives. Watch the documentary here on Youtube (31 mins).

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    Carneys Rd, Wonthaggi's Hidden Gem

    Carneys Rd

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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 except Tuesdays.

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.