Our battle plan against weeds
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What are we doing to fight invasive weeds and protect coastal biodiversity?
GORCC is committed to protecting and enhancing our coast's natural environment for the benefit of this and future generations. That is why we are actively involved in the ongoing battle against invasive weeds.
Our Environment and Land Management Plan has been in place since 2006 and provides a framework for managing the Great Ocean Road coast in light of current and future threats to its natural and cultural values.
The plan identifies invasive weeds as the greatest threat to the coast's natural values - dwarfing all other biodiversity management issues combined - and outlines a series of goals and priority actions to address this and other threats. It also highlights the importance of working cooperatively with other coastal land managers and engaging local communities in helping to look after the coast.
GORCC has subsequently been working in partnership with the Surf Coast Shire, other agencies and a network of coastal volunteer groups to implement priority actions. Considerable progress has been made since 2006 on a number of levels - including removing weeds, conserving threatened species and rehabilitating degraded coastal environments - but there's still a long way to go before this battle is won.
The plan also set the foundation for developing and implementing a five-year Native Vegetation and Weed Action Plan in 2009, which sets out a comprehensive program for tackling weeds and protecting native vegetation along our coast.