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An inspection of the cliff, east of Anglesea, has revealed a major crack close to the walking track.

The walking track will need to be closed, and moved further from the cliff edge. GORCC, FEO and Angair representatives have inspected the heath where the new path is likely to be constructed, and agreed on a path that minimises damage to any rare or special plants. The new path is likely to be a boardwalk.

Angair has made a submission to VEAC (Victorian Environment Assessment Council) concerning their Statewide assessment of public land. The focus of their investigation is to provide information and recommendations to assist management effectiveness of Public Land. The investigation is not intended to change current levels of protection that underpins Victoria’s public land system. Angair’s submission focussed on the importance of the Anglesea Heath, and threats such as weeds and inappropriate uses. A discussion paper, a draft proposals paper and a final report are to be prepared. There will be further opportunities to comment. An interim report is required in September, relating to options for consolidation of Victoria’s public land categories.

Angair was well represented at the Community Forum convened by Surf Coast Air Action Group. The meeting was well attended and facilitated by local Geoff Brown. It outlined some of the complexities of decommissioning and rehabilitating the coal mine and power station, who the major agencies are, and how long the process may take. It also concentrated on how the community can be involved in future decisions to achieve a positive and broadly acceptable outcome.

Angair and Friends of Eastern Otways have been consulted on the proposed roundabout that will be built at the intersection of Forest and Great Ocean Road. Vic Roads and Surf Coast Shire representatives met on site to discuss how the project will impact native vegetation values, and what can be done to minimise damage.

Close to 70 attendees at the annual dinner witnessed Carl Rayner receive a life membership certificate, beautifully crafted by Kaye Traynor, and were entertained by a personal perspective of a Hooded Plover’s life on the beach. Sue Guinness, our guest speaker, outlined how successful breeding had been along the Bellarine and Surf Coasts, and the effectiveness of monitoring activities by volunteers. Comparisons were made with other coastal areas.

Peter Forster