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    2018 - 07.03

    THE work of the Port Fairy Coastal group has been recognised at a national level.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Since its formation in 2011 the group has played an active role in address erosion issues facing the Port Fairy coast line.

    Earlier this month the group was nominated for a research award at the Australian Coastal Council conference on the Mornington Peninsula.

    While the group did not win the award, the work it has done in monitoring the erosion and looking for ways to stop this was highlighted at the conference.

    Moyne Shire Council mayor Colin Ryan and deputy Mayor Jill Parker attended the conference along with other council staff.

    Cr Parker was also there in her capacity as a member of the executive committee of the National Seachange Taskforce.

    “The council staff members made presentations about the steps we are taking as a council to deal with erosion along our coast line,” Cr Parker said.

    “They also spoke about the role the Port Fairy Coastal group is playing in this which showed the importance of local government and community working together.”

    The Port Fairy Coastal group is currently holding an exhibition around the town and is inviting the public to fill in a survey giving their views on what they see as the most urgent areas of need along the coast.

    The exhibition finishes at the end of March. Surveys are available to be filled in at the visitor information centre and the coastal group’s website.

    Cr Parker said representatives from councils all over Australia were at the conference, as was state environment minister Lisa Neville.

    “From our point of view it was very encouraging to hear Lisa Neville talk of her support for a ground-up approach to solving erosion issues rather than from the top down,” she said.

    “The conference was also a great opportunity for us to network with other councils and share ideas about what works and what doesn’t.

    “Strategic planning on coastal issues was also spoken about, as was the logistics of how coastal communities like Port Fairy deal with big influxes of visitors to coastal areas.”

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