Media Releases 2016

Posted on 25/10/2016 by Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve

Phillip Island’s National Surfing Reserve Takes Marram Grass to Task

Members of the Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve Working Group recently spent a morning learning about and assisting with dune restoration at Cape Woolamai.

Over twenty volunteers gave up their Sunday sleep-in to learn more about the difference between marram and other native grasses with Nature Parks rangers before rolling up their sleeves and manually removing an area of the grass.

“In just over an hour the volunteers made a significant impact in reducing marram grass in an area near the Surf Life Saving Clubhouse,“ said event organiser Mark Merryful, Phillip Island Nature Parks Senior Ranger, Coasts and Wetlands.

“This will hopefully be the first step in an integrated approach to restoring this fragile dune system.”

Volunteers included members of the Surfing Reserve, Phillip Island Board Riders Club and Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club and the general public. This will be an ongoing partnership and another working bee will be held in early 2017.

Call for new community members
Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve Working Group is currently seeking new community members. The Group meets between 6-10 times per year, organises and runs an annual surfing team challenge and assists in other community events such as Clean Up Australia Day. If you are interested or involved in the local surfing community, we’d love your input on ways we can encourage everyone to share, preserve and respect our amazing surf beaches. Positions are voluntary and applicants must be available to meet between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays with some events on weekends.

Anyone interested in being part of this enthusiastic and proactive group can find out more and get an application form from our Facebook page: Phillipislandnsr. Forms are also available at or by contacting Hayley Smith Executive Assistant, Phillip Island Nature Parks on 5951 2804 or

Applications close: Friday 25 November 2016.