Nelson lies at the heart of some of the most environmentally significant areas of southwestern Victoria, including the Lower Glenelg National Park and the spectacular wilderness of the Discovery Bay Coastal Park.
Nelson Coastcare was founded in 2010 by Nelson resident, the late Leila Huebner, OAM. Her goal was to secure protection for the Long Swamp and the Glenelg Estuary under the RAMSAR Treaty, an international agreement that covers wetlands of international significance. This was achieved in 2018 with the listing of the Discovery Bay Coastal Park and the Lower Glenelg National Park as Australia's 67th RAMSAR site. Sadly Leila did not live to see the result of her hard work.
Nelson Coastcare's job now is to maintain and improve the ecological values that made the area worth listing. Our routine activities include revegetation work, litter collection and feral animal and weed control. We have an Estuary Clean Up Day once or twice a year with the support of Parks Victoria and Glenelg Hopkins CMA. We take an interest in a wide variety of environmental issues and are involved in activities on both sides of the SA/Vic Border. We aim to enjoy what we do. Our current membership is 40, of which 23 are local residents. Visitors are welcome to join our activities.
Annual membership Fee $5