Eco-Logic Summer 2013 Newsletter

In this Issue:
Summer holiday Programs
Our fantastic 2013 program
Creature Feature
The Great Victorian Fish Count
AEU Industrial campaign

Hi! Well the year is winding down and a well-earned break is coming up for you hard working educators. On the coast, the water temperature is warming, the beach is looking enticing and the summer holiday feel is coming on!!If you are on holidays on the Surf Coast, do pop in and see us or book for some of the activities we are running. Here at Eco we are preparing for our summer holiday programs in January. This year we are engaged to run programs for the DSE in Victoria, the Dept. for Environment & Heritage in South Australia, Parks Vic, Barwon Coast, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee and a number of other agencies. Phew!We also have a range of fabulous activities on offer for 2013 –some you may know already, but check out our new VCE programs, our fabulous Rock of Ages geology session and our re-designed Estuary Discovery.

Summer Holiday Programs
It’s time to start thinking about the best way to spend your January school holidays…As usual, Eco-Logic’s Holiday Program will be running from January 4-25 and includes Ocean Snorkelling, Creatures of the Night walks, Canoe Discoveries, Rockpool Rambles, Junior Rangers and Fossil Safaris.See the full program at

DSE Coastcare’s free Summer by the Sea program runs from January 5-25 in our area.

Find out more:

Programs for 2013

We’ll be back with a great range of programs.Check out our website for our marine, coastal, bush and lighthouse programs.
Our new VCE programs for OES and Geography are proving very popular. They are a great way to teach the Study Design key knowledge and skill in a fun, experiential way.

The VCE OES programs provide great case studies in Barwon Heads, Anglesea and Lorne. For example, Lorne is a great place to discover the biodiversity during a snorkel or rockpool ramble at the Pt. Grey rock platform; to walk in the rainforest and learn about pre-human change, the Kolakngat Aborigines, early whalers and loggers; and consider sustainable practices for tourism today.At Anglesea, explore this beautiful coastline and learn about the human impacts on natural environments, management practices and alternatives to the fossil fuels used by Alcoa. Go for a paddle to explore the many faces of the Anglesea River.We can tailor a program for your needs and unit dot points:

What better way to teach about Geology than at our beautiful Pt. Addis.

Our new Rock of Ages activity introduces the science on site.
Students can:* create plasticine moulds of the sedimentary rock formation* find and make their own fossils* manipulate wooden continental shapes to create the Gondwana formation and see how*continental drift occurs *contribute to a mould of Bass Strait observing sea level change to the land bridge.

Creature Feature

Ever wondered what that strange white bone- looking flotsam is on the beach that people give to their budgies? Well it is a part of the Giant Cuttlefish. It’s related to squid and octopus.
Using cells known as chromatophores

, the Giant Cuttlefish can put on spectacular displays, changing colour in an instant. By raising parts of its skin, it can also change shape and texture to imitate rock, sand or seaweed. These displays have various interpretations to other marine creatures and may be used for camouflage, mating or even hypnotising prey.
Giant Cuttlefish live in coastal waters, oceans, estuaries and seagrass.
Other behaviours and adaptations
Cuttlebones from inside cuttlefishes are commonly washed up onto beaches. These are not actually bones but are made from calcium carbonate and help control buoyancy. The Giant Cuttlefish, which grows to almost 1 m (including its 10 tentacles), has a cuttlebone of about 60 cm. As cuttlefishes are a preferred food for dolphins, seals and sharks, teeth marks can sometimes be seen in the cuttlebones.
Life cycle
The Giant Cuttlefish has a short life span of just two years. In the breeding season, thousands of Giant Cuttlefish come together to spawn, after which they soon die.

The Great Victorian Fish Count!

The southern temperate waters that surround the Australian continent are unique in that 90% of the marine life that is found there is not found anywhere else on the planet. Reef Watch Victoria is dedicated to protecting and conserving this biodiversity through involving the community in education and practical evaluation programs.The Great Victorian Fish Count (GVFC) takes place at a number of sites during December each year. The project is intended to be a snapshot of a sample of fish species living in the temperate coastal waters of Victoria. By counting fish during this window, the data collected allows an estimation of the structure of fish communities.Reef Watch, Victoria. Find out more: On Tuesday 18th December, Eco-Logic will join forces with Coastcare to run a Fish Count at Lorne pier with grade 5/6 students from Lorne Aireys P-12 school. We have run this event for the four years, and the students do a fantastic job. We’re looking forward to the warmer weather predicted for this year’s Fish Count at Lorne!

DEECD schools bookings for 2013.

Eco-Logic is very supportive of the AEU’s industrial campaign and our staff includes AEU members. We want to work with you on maintaining your fantastic activities programs and hope that you are able to discuss with us any questions you may have.We are, of course, concerned about the impact of the campaign to work a 38 hour week on our business. Term 1 is our busiest time and our bookings at that time are crucial to the viability of our business. We, along with other camps and activity providers along the Surf coast, are currently lobbying the Minister for Education to pursue a speedy resolution of the negotiations and to explain the impact on our businesses as innocent third parties in this campaign.The AEU has advised us that:
·         There is no ban on camps, only on working more than 38 hours per week in 2013,
·         Union members can work their 38 hours at any time. The AEU has no problem with split shifts on camps as long as union members do not have to work more than 38 hours in a given week,
·         Schools can hire casual relief teachers for camps – there is only a ban on this in relation to employing relief teachers to cover stop work meetings,
·          Schools should check their booking agreements and to not cancel camps until the point that they incur increased financial penalties
·         They support and understand that camps have a right to enforce their booking agreements and they agree that these agreements should be honoured by schools.To that end Eco-Logic would like to ask you to try to creatively work out your staffing rosters for your camps. Please maintain your bookings at this stage if you have already booked with us. If you are considering booking, please do so to confirm your booking with us. Do also note our cancellation policy which provides you with time to consider the issue early in 2013.Eco-Logic’s Cancellation Policy
The following rates apply when a school/ group cancels an activity planned with Eco-Logic:

Activity cancelled 14 days prior to program Full refund provided
Activity cancelled 7-13 days prior to program 10% cancellation fee payable
Activity cancelled 48 hours- 7 days prior to program 25% cancellation fee payable
Activity cancelled less than 48 hours prior to program 100% cancellation fee payable
Activity cancelled less than 48 hours prior to program, due to the DEECD’s decision 50% cancellation fee payable

Good luck with your campaign!