26th Jul. 2012 - National Tree Day, New Committee of Management, Letter to the Editor
National Tree Day
Sunday 29th July - 10.00 - 12.00
This Sunday in partnership with Southern Otway Landcare Network we are helping to improve the vegetation on our foreshore. Come along and give a couple of hours to our foreshore and the effort will be celebrated with a BBQ at completion.
Meet at the foreshore car park near Marriners Lookout Rd at 10am for two hours work.
We will supply tools and some gloves; please BYO gloves if you have them. We will also have the plants (obviously) and plenty of help on how to get them in the ground.
We look forward to seeing you there on Sunday.
New Committee of Management
A new Otway Coast Committee by DSE in Apollo Bay on Friday 6th of July 2012.
The new committee is appointed by the State Government Minister for Environment & Climate Change the Hon. Ryan Smith under the Crown Land (reserves) Act 1978, for a term of three years and functions under State Government legislation and policy to manage the coastal Crown land reserves between Wye River/Separation Creek and Marengo for the benefit of all Victorians.
The OCC's vision for its role is "Otway Coast Committee will conserve & enhance coastal biodiversity and resilience while encouraging community access"
The new committee members are: Andrew Buchanan (Chairman), Robyn Adams (Deputy Chair), Di Clark, Geoff Quinn, Mark Kininmonth & Jenni Johnson.
Letter to the Editor
The letter by Y Francis in last week's Apollo Bay News requires some clarification. The Otway Coast Committee (not Council) is appointed by State Government to manage coastal Crown land under a management model that is used across the state. It allows local community members to directly participate in the management of local Crown land and it keeps the funds generated by those lands (or reserves) local for reinvestment in the land and not the consolidated revenues of local or State government.
The OCC has no connection with State wood chipping policy.
We use the 'rent' from all users who gain a financial return from the land we manage, whether it be a surf school, market or camping ground lessee, to maintain and improve the land for the benefit of all users. This includes the provision of public toilets, litter bins, playgrounds etc. on the land we manage.
We do not collect money from users to cover their Public Liability Insurance; rather commercial users are expected as a condition of use to provide their own Public Liability Insurance, i.e. the market pays its own insurance.