Margot Busch (President)
My move to Ocean Grove in 1997 was a long-awaited sea-change after 30 years living in country Victoria. At first, I simply revelled in living on the coast and enjoyed being a recreational beachgoer (albeit a responsible one!), outside of my working life in community services. Soon after Coastcare started in 2010 I became involved in working bees and education events and joined the committee in more recent years. While I am still a recreational beachgoer, with snorkelling being a favorite summer pastime, I feel I now have quite a connection to and responsibility for looking after the plants and animals we all share this coastal space with. And I’m heartened to see so many other locals join us in taking care of our fabulous environment!
Frances McAloon (Vice President)
I am a social worker, working in family mental health in Geelong and living in Ocean Grove. I joined Ocean Grove Coastcare in 2013 after moving here from Melbourne, having lived in Point Lonsdale 20 years ago and wanted to return to this beautiful coast. Becoming a member of a volunteer group was a way to join the community and contribute to protecting the coast. I believe volunteering is important to both individual’s and the community’s health and wellbeing, it’s fun and we can all make a positive difference, no matter how small – be the change you want to see in the world!
Ross Middleton, (Treasurer)
I made the sea-change to Ocean Grove in 2013 after a few years holidaying in this area. I am now retired after a 40 year career as a civil engineer, and keen to contribute to the local community. Over the past few years I have been an active member of Ocean Grove Coastcare, and was also a member of the Barwon Coast Committee of Management. My particular interest and passion is for clean beaches and dunes, and I am keen to encourage others to be a Local Hero.
Rustem Upton (Secretary)
I arrived in Ocean Grove at the end of 2016 and have served on the Ocean Grove Coastcare committee since October 2017. I work as an environmental educator and ecologist and am an active member of other local environmental groups, such as the Geelong Field Naturalist Club. Two key reasons why I love being involved with Ocean Grove Coastcare is to do with people. Firstly, it provides me the opportunity to help locals and visitors engage and connect to Ocean Grove’s natural environment. Secondly, it provides me the opportunity, by hearing people’s stories and sharing knowledge with them, to better understand how and why people engage and connect to our natural environment.
I moved to Ocean Grove with my family just over 10 years ago. I love living here, it is such a friendly community. Some of my favourite activities are bushwalking, gardening and birdwatching. I believe that our community needs to work to preserve habitat and our natural heritage for future generations to enjoy. It is wonderful seeing people of all ages getting out into and helping to protect our natural environment.
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We moved to Ocean Grove at the start of 2017 and happily discovered Ocean Grove Coastcare a few months later. As a new local, being a member of the OGCC committee has given me a rich and real way to connect with other locals and get to know where I live. When I am not volunteering, I work as a GIS officer, mapping Aboriginal Cultural Heritage for the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register. I have a background in sustainability education and am a keen bushwalker, snorkeler and op-shopper.
With the Southern Ocean on the doorstep, moving to Ocean Grove over ten years ago was an easy decision. I’ve always loved the outdoors and like many locals the ocean quickly became my playground – be it surfing, swimming or beach walking. Having studied Environmental Science, when I first moved to Ocean Grove, I was keen to get involved with a local conservation group. At the time there was no Coastcare group in town, so we (a handful of naïve, but enthusiastic locals) decided to start one! That was 2010 and since then it’s been a privilege to watch the group grow and be part of a collective that is making a positive contribution to our local natural environment. Now I’m a new mum, and more than ever I feel the importance of doing our bit to protect the natural world. There is only one. In years to come I look forward to watching my daughter explore the wonders of the natural world and a coast that is healthy and thriving.
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