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Much of our work in looking after the coast is undertaken in partnership with others.

As shown by the list below our partners range from community and indigenous groups to businesses, government departments and agencies.

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning the Victorian Government department responsible for overseeing and supporting our work.
  • Local community and volunteer organisations involved in recreation, rescue, environment and cultural activities along the coast.
  • Other coastal-related committees of management including Barwon Coast, Bellarine Bayside and Otway Coast Committee.
  • Other coastal stakeholders such as local businesses who rely on the coast for their income (e.g. surf schools) and user groups (e.g. surf life saving clubs).
  • Parks Victoria manages coastal reserves as part of the Great Otway National Park.
  • Surf Coast Shire manages several sections of our coast, including the Bells Beach Surfing Reserve, and is responsible for a range of planning and other matters affecting the coast. We work cooperatively with the shire on various joint initiatives, such as the Surf Coast Walk, coastal events and environmental projects. A joint working party meets every three months to discuss common issues concerning the coast.
  • The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority is responsible for the water catchments along our coast.
  • The Wathaurung Registered Aboriginal Party and other local indigenous groups.
  • Western Coastal Board oversees strategic coastal and marine planning issues for Victoria's west coast, which encompasses the Great Ocean Road coast.  
  • Victorian Coastal Council is the peak body for the strategic planning and management of the Victorian coast.

We also consider our caravan park guests, beachgoers, visitors and other customers as partners in terms of the contributions they can make to looking after our beautiful coast!





More information

From left: GORCC Chairman John Carlile, Olympic medallist Jared Tallent, SCS Mayor Libby Mears, Member for Western Victoria David O’Brien MLC and GORCC CEO Richard Davies at the official opening of the Surf Coast Walk.
Bryon Powell, Chairperson of the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation hands a traditional gift to MP Darren Cheesman and GORCC Chairman John Carlile at the launch of the Aboriginal Heritage Conservation Manual.
View our partnerships fact sheet where you can learn more about how GORCC works the community and a range of groups and organisations.