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Wednesday, 25 October

10:25

Mitch takes leading role in Winter Games Ocean Grove Voice

Barwon Heads local and two-time Paralympian Mitchell Gourley has been announced as a co-captain of the Australian Paralympic team for the 2018 PyeongChange Winter Paralympics.
The star alpine skiier and para-snowboarder Joany Badenhorst will lead the team at the Games in March.
Gourley, who was born without his lower left arm, competes in all five alpine skiing disciplines in the mens standing class. He made his Australian team debut as a 15-year-old in 2006, and in 2011 won his first gold medal in international competition in the giant slalom at the IPC Nor-Am Cup. In March this year, he claimed his maiden world title in the Super Combined, and ended his best ever season with the IPC World Cup Crystal Globe for the most points banked up in the Giant Slalom.
Its exciting and humbling to be named as co-captain for PyeongChang with Joany. We didnt officially have captains for the last couple of Winter Games but we were lucky enough to have some incredible leaders over that time and I hope I can pass on some of what they taught me, Gourley said.
Ultimately, I want this team to not only feel proud that they are a part of The Mob, but I really want them to believe in their ability to play a role in continuing to build it as something that our entire Paralympic family can all be proud of.
The announcement was made in Melbourne by APC chief executive Lynne Anderson, who said she was confident that the leadership of Gourley and Badenhorst could take the 2018 Australian Paralympic Team to new heights and create a cohesive culture; similar to the Australian Paralympic Mob culture established by the leadership team prior to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
With a wealth of success on the world stage, Gourley and Badenhorst now have the responsibility to work closely with the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) and Chef de Mission Nick Dean to create a clear vision and unite athletes from the teams two disciplines alpine skiing and snowboarding in the remaining five months until the Games begin.

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10:19

Busy year for Coastcare Ocean Grove Voice

Ocean Grove Coastcare held its annual general meeting recently.
Founded in 2010, Ocean Grove Coastcare helps to raise awareness among the community regarding the preservation and protection of local coastal areas through advocacy and activities, such as planting and clean up days.
In her report to the meeting, outgoing president Frances McAloon outlined the many activities and actions untaken by Ocean Grove Coastcare over the past 12 months.
These included the planting of over 1000 native plants across five planting days; the removal of approximately 200kg of rubbish from local beaches; and the forming of a Plastic Bag Free sub-committee that ran a highly successful film night in June and is working at developing resources for the public regarding alternatives to plastic.
Ms McAloon thanked local agencies and business who have funded events and provided in-kind support and commented on the impressive number community volunteers who have actively taken part OGCC activities this year.
Ms McAloon also acknowledged the recent passing of John OReilly, a founding member of Ocean Grove Coastcare and past president, vice-president and treasurer. She said that he had contributed significantly to a number of local community environment organisations and would be greatly missed.
Ms McAloon was thanked by treasurer Jackie Scally, on behalf of the committee, for her contribution has president over the past two years, before presenting her with gifts of wine and flowers.
Earlier in the evening, guest speaker, Leigh Dennis from the City of Greater Geelong, spoke regarding the Our Coast project, which is helping local coastal communities prepare for the impacts of rising sea levels. Mr Dennis presented to the meeting modelling that predicted significant impact to parts of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove if sea level rise continues at predicted rates. Findings such as these re-affirmed to many in the room the importance of groups such as Ocean Grove Coastcare in the ongoing protection and management of our coasts.
A new committee of eight was elected at the meeting.

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Tuesday, 24 October

14:30

Coast Guardians clean up the coast Great Ocean Road Coast Blog

Coast Guardians from Geelong Lutheran College have recently collected rubbish from the dunes at Whites Beach, Torquay.

Asides from helping to clean up the coastline and prevent marine debris from impacting our precious wildlife, the aim of the day was to collect data for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) database. The AMDI works with industry and government to create change on a larger scale, and aims to work on solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source.

Once the rubbish is collected, students sort the rubbish into categories, and fill out a Tangaroa Blue Foundation data collection sheet. This information will be sent to the AMDI database for analysis, and to assess the primary causes behind the litter.

Students assess rubbish collected

The results from the day were interesting. Of concern were the many bits of tiny plastic floating around the bush, which will inevitably wash into the ocean to negatively impact on marine life.

Also concerning, were the 40 dog poo bags found, many with dog poo inside, that had carelessly been thrown into the bushes beside the path. Fu...

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