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Award Winning Penguins Plus viewing platform

From the Phillip Island Nature Parks today: “The award-winning Penguins Plus viewing platform has continued on its winning way as it received the Award for Excellence in Tourism at the 2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards, held at the National Arboretum Canberra yesterday. In awarding this honour, the jury noted the beautiful detail of this viewing…

Reef off Cowes by Lisa & Alia Schonberg

Lisa and Alia have been snorkeling again – this time over reefs off Cowes. Here is a selection of what they found: a wide variety of sea algae, urchins, cunjevoys, a healthy bank of seagrass and an expansive bed of mussels. Thanks for giving us landlubbers a glimpse of our beautiful underwater world Lisa and…

Seagrass -Flickr- Sanc0067 NOAA Photo Library

Seagrass helps protect natural ‘carbon sinks’, study finds

    Seagrass is recovering in Western Port after being largely smothered during the 1980s. New research shows how valuable the seagrass is in capturing carbon. The last thing Western Port needs is dredging to reactivate smothering particles in the water column.   Read the ABC article about it here:…/greenhouse-gases-linked-to-…/6086896

black swans at Rhyll, Lisa Schonberg

Draft Regional Coastal plans are now online for public comment

  Draft Regional Coastal plans are now online for public comment. Here is the information about them: Chair Victorian Coastal 10 February 2015 Dear Coastal Stakeholders, We are writing to invite you to help shape the future of Victoria’s coast and contribute to three new Regional Coastal Plans. The three Regional Coastal Boards have developed…

Whale Delivers Calf Close to Wonthaggi Shore

  Amazing news from Parks Vic from nearby Inverloch: Last Friday Wonthaggi Rangers Clare Gibson and Craig Hollins and some Inverloch locals got a rare treat when a mother whale delivered her calf close to the shore.Clare says she wasn’t really prepared for what they saw when they respondedto news that a whale appeared to…

Fires on our Beaches

  Last week, PICS President Anne Davie and Secretary Christine Grayden met with Acting Senior Sergeant Andy O’Brien in Cowes to talk about what can be done about fires on beaches. Andy and the Police Force realise it is a real problem – social as well as environmental, given that fights do break out around…

Just how bad are coastal weeds?

    A fascinating report on the effects of coastal weeds has just been made available as a book or downloadable pdf here “Just how bad are coastal weeds? Assessing the geo-eco-psycho-socio-economic impacts” JULY 2013 RIRDC Publication No. 13/032 both PICS and the Phillip Island & District Historical Society helped researchers with this important project. Worth a look.