Respecting our coastal environment
Recently vandalism and disrespectful behaviour has been noted at Diamond Bay and at Bridgewater Bay. Several trees were destroyed in the Diamond Bay carpark and a mature Casuarina ring
barked. A fire had been lit and the area was strewn with cans, glass, plastic bottles and much other rubbish. Several of the Friends of Diamond Bay Group’s tree plantings were also damaged.
At Bridgewater Bay a fire was left burning on the beach – the fuel consisted of a number of treated pine fence posts felled from the PV infrastructure. A great deal of rubbish, remnants of the night’s beach picnic, were cleaned up by local volunteers.
The locals and most visitors in general would find this sort of behaviour quite distressing. The Friends Groups and volunteers have done a considerable amount of work in the car parks and sand dunes over many years are particularly affected. Parks Victoria Rangers have been very supportive in helping with removal of such dumped rubbish. Destruction and desecration of this beautiful fragile
coastal environment, thoughtless dumping of rubbish and graffiti etc., attracts more of the same if it is not dealt with promptly. We encourage all our NCG members, their families, friends and neighbours to be vigilant, especially over these coming busy holiday months, and report any wilful damage to our environment to the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (ph.1300 850600), Parks
Victoria (ph.131963) or the Police.
We must be ever mindful of the need to keep our natural and built environment in a state we are proud of, so that all who come will respect it, appreciate it and leave it for the enjoyment of others.