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Updates Police Point Shire Park Portsea, Point Nepean Quarantine Station

Police Point Shire Park works update December 2013

PNQS Stakeholder Advice 4 16Dec2013


2014 NCG Calendars available at Antipodes Bookshop, Glenvue Nursery; Sorrento,Blairgowrie and Clayton Newsagencies

2014 NCG Calendars now available at

Antipodes Gallery & Bookshop 
138 Ocean Beach Road Sorrento 3943 7 days 10 – 5.


410 Browns Road
RYE   3941


Blairgowrie Newsagency

2825 Point Nepean Rd Blairgowrie, VIC, 3942


Sorrento Newsagency 

66 Ocean Beach Road


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Commercial Development at Point Nepean National Park


State government sees a Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow at Point Nepean National Park.

The Victorian government has introduced sweeping changes to Victoria’s national  parks allowing for 99-year private leases.

The commercial real estate section of  a recent Saturday Age carried an  advertisement from real estate agents Jones Lang LaSalle to lease the Quarantine  Station. The government has also asked for expressions  of interest for private  development of the 17-hectare  site.

Read more:

Click on link below for the latest information released by the Victorian Government

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A personal invitation   to attend the Mornington Peninsula Shire


Saturday 24   August from 8:30am until 3:30pm, in Hastings.

THE   EXPO features a range of Rural and Agricultural presenters and   exhibitor displays with a focus on soil, water quality, land management and   productive land use. GUEST SPEAKER:
  •   Soil, Soil Class and local Soil types
  •   Land Class & Rural Land Management
  •   Native Vegetation and Weeds
  •   Farm Water Quality and Waterway Health
  •   Rural Business, Regional Food & FarmGate
  •   State Food Industry & emerging Agribusiness
INFORMATION   AND DISPLAYS   include Fire Ready, Farm Waste, Landcare on the Peninsula, The Briars Eco House   services and tours, Western Port BioSphere, Dolphin Research Institute, the   Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Agricultural Industry groups such as   the Victorian Farmers Federation, and helpful information on local social   media for the Rural Landholder and Agriculture and much more.The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s ‘Water Sensitive Rural Land’ program is pleased to personally invite you to attend the Sustainable Rural Land Expo, which will be held indoors, so that you can come along and enjoy a warm day out.

To celebrate the EXPO, there are 24 FARM Education grants* available to the rural landholders in the Main Creek or Watson creek catchments, that complete an Expression of Interest at the time of EXPO registration. The grants vary depending on the FARM educational courses that you are interested in, provided by either DEPI or TAFE. If you are a Rural Landholder in the Main Creek or Watson creek catchments you are eligible to submit an Expression of Interest to receive a grant for onsite works or training to manage your rural property and water quality management, funded by the Water Sensitive Rural Land program. See Lisa on the day, or e-mail to ask further questions.


EXPO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED* as numbers are strictly limited. Entry is $10.00 per person for catering and printed handouts. To register, please contact me before Tues 20 Aug 2013 on 0418 394 285, email or visit

Yours sincerely


*Lisa Brassington | Officer, Water Sensitive Rural Land |Mornington Peninsula Shire | E: | T: 1300 850 600 | M: 0418394285

List of Speakers

Soil,   Soil class and local Soil types
Lindsay Hyde
DEPI Frankston
Farm Services Victoria
Lindsay has many years with DPI Victoria (now DEPI) and   has worked with communities in both the Northern & Southern parts of   Victoria in various NRM project delivery, and a extensive soil knowledge and   understanding. Lindsay facilitates many DEPI courses, such as Farm Planning,   iFarm and the basics of developing a farm plans.
Land   class and Rural Land Management
David Stewart
Small Farm Services Victoria
A graduate of Marcus Oldham Farm Management College   Geelong and a trainer of farm apprentices in the TAFE system, David was a DPI   Regional Chemical Standards Officer for 9 years before taking over the role   of managing the DPI Small Landholder Information Services. David now runs a   Small Farms Services Victoria consultancy
Native   Vegetation and Weeds
Jacqui Salter
Landcare Facilitator
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Jacqui Salter is the Landcare Facilitator for the   Mornington Peninsula. She assists the nine Landcare groups on the Mornington   Peninsula. Current projects include renewal of a Landcare group in the   Western Port area of the Mornington Peninsula, fauna monitoring on private   property, and assisting groups with the development of biolinks (habitat   corridors) across Mornington Peninsula.
Farm   Water Quality and Waterway Health
Lisa Brassington
Water Sensitive Rural Land
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Lisa is the officer co-ordinating the Water Sensitive   Rural Land program. Lisa is working with local rural landholders to improve   land management for on-farm water quality and efficiency. Projects include   undertaking works to improve farm erosion, such as planting, fences or track   maintenance. See Lisa, she may have a grant for you.
Paul Hodgson
River Health Officer
Mornington Peninsula
Melbourne Water
Paul is responsible for advocating for river health and   supporting people who wish to improve the habitat values of their creeks and   wetlands. If interested in undertaking work to improve your creek, such as   planting, fencing, or weed control, come and have a chat.
Local   Rural Business, Regional Food Strategy and Farm Gate
Gillian Stewart
Rural Business Officer
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Gillian works with diverse rural communities to design   and implement practical farmer learning activities, which build technical   capacity and incorporate innovative thinking into farm management decision   making processes. Gillian currently facilitates a Small Rural Landholder   Network across the shire which is encouraging local rural landholders to   actively share their agricultural experiences and provide technical knowledge   and skill building to enhance agricultural production and on-ground action.
State   Food Industry & emerging Agribusiness
Ben White is the General Manager, Agriculture   Development, for RASV. Ben’s most recent role was that of CEO of New Rural   Industries Australia (NRIA). Previously Market development South East Asia   with DPI and Manager, Food group, Regional Development Victoria. Tom Whitty is the public affairs advisor with   the Victorian Farmers Federation.  Tom is fuelled by his passion for   story telling, raising the profile of agriculture in the community and in   enriching the urban-rural divide. Tom co-founded social media initiatives   #AgChatOZ & #RuralMH.

EXPO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED* as numbers are strictly limited.
Entry is $10.00 per person for catering and printed handouts.
To register, please contact me before Tuesday 20 August on 0418 394 285,
email or visit


Kind regards



Gillian Stewart

Rural Business Officer

Economic Development Unit

Mornington Peninsula Shire


NCG Ramblers – Walk along Ocean Beach Blairgowrie 9th June 10:00am

NCG Ramblers – Walk along Ocean Beach Blairgowrie 9th June 10:00am

Meet at the St. John’s Wood Carpark (Ocean End)  Melways Map 166 D4


Noxious & Environmental Weeds and Plant Pathogens

Below you can download “Noxious & Environmental Weeds and Plant Pathogens” – an excellent guide to what is not wanted on the Mornington Peninsula



Point Nepean National Park and Quarantine Station Master Plan IMPORTANT DATE FOR PUBLIC MEETING 10am – 2pm Saturday 4 May 2013

Release of the Point Nepean National Park and Quarantine Station Master Plan


IMPORTANT MEETING DATE:  10am – 2pm Saturday 4 May 2013 @ Badcoe Hall

DSE et al is holding a meeting/info. session  about the proposed changes to the Quarantine Station @Badcoe Hall from 10am – 2pm on Saturday 4 May 2013.

The master plan is being released as part of the announcement of the State Government’s intention to run a commercial Expression of Interest, to seek private sector investment in development of the historic Quarantine Station precinct.

Please go to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (

to view the Point Nepean National Park and Quarantine Station Master Plan

and Point Nepean Quarantine Station: SUSTAINABLE USE AND TOURISM FRAMEWORK


Be involved in Deakin University’s research about place:

Deakin University, in partnership with Planisphere (planning and urban design consultancy) and several local community groups, is undertaking research in Sorrento and Queenscliff about what people value in these towns and how changes to the built and natural environment might affect these values. This is an Australian Research Council Linkage project intended to encourage place-sensitive sustainable planning and development in coastal towns.

We’ll be holding a focus group for residents by age group:

Saturday 20th April

51-65 YEARS 10:00am-11:30am

36-50 YEARS Midday-1:30pm

18-35 YEARS 2:00-3:30pm

Sorrento Community Centre, 860/868 Melbourne Rd, Sorrento

Please RSVP to Fiona by Wed 18/4/13

Fiona Gray Email: Mobile: 0448 760 062

Save, Protect and Rezone Tootgarook Swamp on the Mornington Peninsula


Tootgarook Swamp

The Tootgarook Swamp is the largest example left of an Shallow freshwater marsh in the Port Philip bay region, at 381 hectares it is worthy of international Ramsar protection. Much of the Tootgarook swamp is inappropriately zoned as residential, and industrial with only half of it inside the green wedge. Currently approximately 80 hectares is marked with present development proposals totalling almost a quarter of the entire swamp. There are only 4% of total wetlands left in Victoria that are greater than 100 hectares. Of the original wetlands in the state we have already lost over 37% in the last 200 years. Of the 100% of shallow fresh water marshes in Victoria, 60% has been destroyed. It has high cultural significance for the Bunurong / Boonerwrung people of the Kulin nation, as well as high scientific value as pointed out by Sir Frederick Chapman in 1919, Australia’s first nationally appointed palaeontologist and world authority in the field of ostracods (a type of small crustacean), and close companion and co-worker with Sir Douglas Mawson. Sir Chapman personally visited and studied within Tootgarook Swamp where he catalogued numerous fossils and ostropod species not seen anywhere else but in Tasmania showing a link of a land bridge between the two states.



Spray Point Conservation Group Committee, November 2012.

From left: Denice Jones, Peter McNabb, David Jones, Wes Gault, Amanda Stuart, Gojko Raseta and Renate Howe.

Absent Graham Pratt and Susan Morgan.

For the latest Spray Point Newsletter click on the link below

Spray Point News Nov 2012 Final