GeelongPort was thrilled to be a major sponsor of the Caring For Our Bays Conference held in Geelong last week. The conference was aimed at local business, government, land managers, organisations and community groups from the Geelong and Bellarine region. It provided an opportunity for groups to connect, network and work collaboratively to help reduce the growing impact on Port Phillip, Corio and Swan Bays.
Caring for Our Bays is an innovative program that works to lift the profile and appreciation of the Bays by raising awareness of litter and reducing waste. It aims to address the human made refuse problems such as plastic through education, waste reduction initiatives, litter monitoring and community action.
GeelongPort Environment Manager, Lisa Mills, gave a presentation on the newly released Environment Strategy which has a key focus on protection and responsible management of Corio Bay.
Keynote speaker Craig Reucassel, undertook a “call to action” activity on the Geelong waterfront, where delegates were asked to pledge one action they could take to reduce waste and litter. Craig is an Australian writer and comedian who is best known for his work with The Chaser and for going through your bins on The War on Waste. He was joined by many other prominent presenters including local groups and those working State-wide and at a National scale to reduce waste. “It was great to have an audience so engaged and knowledgeable in all things waste” Craig said.
To become Australia’s most environmentally sustainable bulk port, GeelongPort is committed to delivering on four key environmental focus areas; minimising resource use, eliminating waste emissions, nurturing port land and supporting an appealing and healthy Corio Bay.