Lakes Champions

About Our Program

Expression of Interest

The Marine Mammal Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its Gippsland Lakes volunteer Outreach Program, Lakes Champions!

This project will empower local people to share their passion for marine mammals, conservation and the environment, through citizen science action.

Opportunities for action include land-based citizen science of sightings of the Burrunan dolphins, and birdlife including the iconic Australian Pelican. Participants will also gain greater awareness of the rich environment and culture.

The Lakes Champions project will provide the communities in the Gippsland Lakes district opportunities to engage in, learn about and help protect the Gippsland Lakes with focussed action at Lakes Entrance, Metung and Paynesville sites.

This project aims to harness the enthusiasm of local people active and engaged with their local environment and encourage community stewardship to help protect the Gippsland Lakes environment and its native species.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from residents living near the Gippsland Lakes, in particularly those living in Paynesville, Metung and Lakes Entrance to become Lakes Champions.

Lakes Champions are 18 year olds and over who love the great outdoors, have an interest in the local plants and animals and are able to volunteer their time on a regular basis for monitoring and data collection.

For more information about Lakes Champions project or to express your interest, please fill out our Lakes Champions Expression of Interest form or email Caitlin at lakes@marinemammal.org.au.

This project is funded by the Victorian State Government for the Gippsland Lakes.

Under 18 years of age? Sign up to become a Marine Champion! Express your interest today through our Marine Champions webpage or by emailing Matt at champions@marinemammal.org.au.


  • Lakes Champions Tee
  • Marine Mammal Foundation Cap.
  • Lakes Champions special invitations to join the Marine Mammal Foundation team in outreach and land-based research activities, such as community event, clean-up actions, and positive campaigns for greater environmental awareness.



To register your interest, please complete the online form or email Caitlin at lakes@marinemammal.org.au,


We are excited to be holding our first Lakes Champions introduction session on Sunday 6th January and land-based dolphin survey training on Monday 7th January 2019!

Introduction to Lakes Champions – Sunday 6 January 2019
The introduction session will be held in the Lakes Entrance, from 9:30am to 2pm and will feature presentations from local groups on how you can get involved in citizen science and community-based activities, including how you can help Marine Mammal Foundation with its Burrunan dolphin research.

This session will also be your chance to tell us what it is that you want to get out of being a Lakes Champion.

Where: Gippsland Lakes Angling Club, Bullock Island Rd, Lakes Entrance

What to bring: please BYO lunch (tea and coffee provided)

Land-based dolphin survey training – Monday 7 January 2019
Join us to find out how to conduct a land-based dolphin and marine vessel survey, as instructed by Dr Kate Charlton-Robb, Director of Marine Mammal Foundation. Training will be held at Jemmy’s Point Lookout, Kalimna Lakes Entrance and you are invited to attend one of two sessions:

Session 1: 10am-12noon on Monday 7 January
Session 2: 1pm-3pm on Monday 7 January.

What to bring: sun protection, water bottle, a chair, binoculars if you have them, and snacks.

Unable to attend any of these sessions?
There will be other opportunities in the coming months for training and other events. We’ll keep you posted on what is coming up.



The Marine Mammal Foundation is a small not-for-profit research, education, and conservation organisation, based in Mentone, Victoria (Australia). We conduct internationally recognised applied scientific research on marine mammals and environments across Victoria, and apply our research learnings to educate and inspire the community. MMF began in 2013, after MMF’s Founding Director and Head of Research Dr Kate Charlton-Robb discovered, named, and formally described a new species of dolphin in south-east Australian waters; the Burrunan dolphin. MMF is a registered ACNC charity, and DGR entity. Our work is reliant on funding from grants, philanthropy, sponsorship and generous donations from the community.

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*By ticking the Terms and Conditions and submitting your EOI, you grant permission for MMF to contact the you directly. All information contained within this application will remain confidential. All activities undertaken within the program will be done so under MMF supervision.

To become one of our incredible Lakes Champions, email MMF at lakes@marinemammal.org.au.

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