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New Friends Group for Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park

Wednesday 3 October, 2012

Environmental protection of Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park will be strengthened with the formation of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park Marine Care.  The group will help Parks Victoria protect one of Victoria’s most diverse and high profile marine national parks.

The habitats found within Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park are diverse, ranging from mudflats and seagrass meadows to deep and shallow reefs, rocky shores and beautiful pelagic waters. The variety of habitats, along with the central Victorian location, results in the presence of a great abundance of marine species.

"We are very excited that we have a new marine care group starting up for Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. It provides a great opportunity for the community to get involved in protecting a spectacular jewel in Victoria’s marine crown” says Parks Victoria Ranger in Charge, Stephen McPhee.

Brooke Connor, co-founder of the group, said there are many opportunities for the community to become involved in a wide range of conservation projects focused on protecting the park. The group plans to become involved in marine debris surveys, marine plant and animal surveys, sea grass monitoring, pest plant and animal removal and community education.

"This park is so amazing and together we can make a real difference in protecting it. It doesn’t matter if you have never snorkelled before. If you are passionate about the ocean and interested in protecting Port Phillip, then this group is a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference." Ms Connor said.

Marine Care Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park are holding their community get together at 7:00 pm on Monday 1 October at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre in Queenscliff.

Local marine wildlife photographer Mary Molloy and cinematographer Alan Beckhurst will share their inspiring photographs and footage and provide us with a glimpse of the diverse and dynamic habitats within Port Phillip.

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