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Save, Protect and Rezone Tootgarook Swamp on the Mornington Peninsula.

To: We call on levels of government Local, State and Federal and  their departments as well as Melbourne Water.

Save, Protect and Rezone Tootgarook Swamp on the Mornington Peninsula.

If you do not receive a local paper you can access the petition on line at:-

Campaign created byCameron BrownIcon-email
We ask these government bodies to come together and save, protect and rezone this precious wetland.

Why is this important?

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.
Tootgarook Swamp has so far recorded 129 bird species, 13 reptilian species, 9 amphibious frog species 
and 12 mammals, including 5 bats, no full survey of the entire swamp has ever been done to show its true value, 
and much of the current data has been collected during drought time.
It contains fifteen state, federal, and international protected species of fauna, along with another 
seven species listed as vulnerable. The majority of species threatened with extinction in Victoria are 
wetland dependant.
The swamp is also home to at least nine bioregional endangered plant communities.
The Tootgarook Swamp is a peat regenerating wetland, the most threatened form of wetland type internationally, 
as a peat regenerating wetland it is a major carbon storehouse, exceeding that of forests.
The Tootgarook Swamp acts as a natural water storage area and protects downstream properties along 
Chinamans Creek and Rosebud West from extensive flooding with the developmental proposals reducing 
its natural water regime future flooding would most likely occur to these properties.

View our video on YouTube

How it will be delivered

We will hold a small press conference outside the Mornington Peninsula Shire offices in Rosebud on the 
Mornington Peninsula, and email the signatures off to all levels of government.
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