Merricks Beach Foreshore Committee
The Merricks Beach Foreshore Committee of Management is responsible for the management of the beach and foreshore reserve. The foreshore reserve is approximately 5 km long and stretches from the eastern end of cliff road to a point about 200 m from East Creek at Point Leo. The members of the committee are appointed by the state government and work with officers from the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP). They work among other things to manage coastal crown land and build assets on behalf of the state and balance user needs with the need to protect the environment. Examples of recent projects are control of aggressive weeds on the foreshore reserve, construction and maintenance of beach access paths, weed removal and revegatation of areas of the reserve. The committee is not funded by government and relies on locals signing on for the regular beach cleanups which are advertised in the village and which draw a fee per person, as well as other grants and donations. They hold regular working bees and encourage residents to actively participate in the management of the reserve and enjoy getting to know their neighbours. The Committee has undertaken significant research to document the local species of flora and fauna. Their documents can be found under the “Useful Information – Flora and Fauna” section of our website. Co-chairs of the committee are Ms Karina Webb and Mr Nick Williams.