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The Colac Otway Shire is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the environment we live in.

Council's Environment Department manages many programs covering a diverse range of issues including vegetation protection & management, sustainability, and community events.

For further information on the services provided by the Environment Department please see the links below:

 Activities & Events   
 Coastal planning   Information on the Regional Coastal and Estuary Action Plans
 Community activities and events   Council Environmental Activities and Events
 Environment websites   Links to external Environment Websites
 Greenhouse gas emissions   Reducing Councils Greenhouse Gas Emissions
 Inland Acid Sulphate Soils   Boundary Creek monitoring data, Acid Sulphate Soil Bulletins
 Landcare   Landcare activities and groups
 Native Animals   Protecting Native Animals
 Native Vegetation   Protecting Native Vegetation, Landscaping with Native Plants
 Pest Animals    Controlling Pest Animals
 Pest Plants    Controlling Pest Plants
 Planning Scheme Overlays   Information on Council's Environmental Overlays in the Planning Scheme
 Roadside Management   Vegetation Management on Roadsides
 Stormwater Management   Stormwater Management
 Sustainable Water Use Plan    Sustainable Water Use Plan and Water Management Action Plan
 Timber harvesting on private land   Information on Timber Harvesting on Private Land

Colac Otway Shire is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque municipalities in Victoria. It comprises of spectacular coastal areas, lush rainforested hinterlands and beautiful vast open plains with native grasslands and wildflowers.

The Shire hosts some of Australia’s greatest National and State Parks including the Great Otway National Park, Carlisle River State Park, Kawarren Regional Park and Lorne-Angahook State Park, supporting a diverse range of flora and fauna. The Great Otway National Park includes many sites of National and State significance including areas such as the Olangolah Forest and Fauna Reserve, the Aire State Forest and Melba Gully State Park. Our rivers and streams in the hinterland are also highly valued.

The Aire River is identified as a Heritage River while parts of the Gellibrand River and Kennedy’s Creek are representative of significant geological or geomorphological types. The north of the Shire hosts some of the Western District Ramsar Lakes supporting some 67 waterbird species including several rare and threatened waterbirds such as the Great Egret, Australasian Bitten, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern and Whiskered Tern.

The Colac Otway Shire's commitment to environmental management is reflected in the Environment Strategy 2010-2018 and the related Environment Action Plan 2013-2015. Colac Otway Shire's environmental plans and strategies can be found here
Contacting the Environment Department:

Name   Position   Contact Details       
Stewart Anderson   Manager, Environment & Community Safety   03 5232 9414       
Dora Novak   Environment Coordinator   03 5232 9554   Planning Referrals, Timber Harvesting Plans, Climate Resilient Communities, Environment Strategy & Action Plan    
Andrew Barber   Environment Projects Officer   Community Events, School Environmental Programs, Social Justice Program, Water Monitoring    
Kelly Boladeras   Environment Officer   03 5232 9512   Revegetation Projects, Council Weed Control, High Conservation Roadside Management    
Fiona Dodge   Environment Sustainability Officer   03 5232 9451   Community Sustainability Events, Council Sustainability, EcoBuy, Energy Saving, Water Conservation    

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