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AGM date for your diary Saturday 16 February 2013

The Nepean Conservation Group AGM will take place on

Saturday 16 February 2013.

Further details as they come to hand.

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Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean National Park

Work has begun on the $13.88 m infrastructure and essential services upgrade program.  This is the biggest services infrastructure investment ever delivered into a Victorian National park.  The program includes 5.5 km of service trenches for electricity, sewer, water, gas and telecommunications, as well as upgrades to existing roads and a new car park within the Quarantine Station.   The work is expected to be completed in December 2012. The park will remain open during the works.  Click here to see newsletter

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/523634/NepeanNewsletter.pdf

PLAN PENINSULA

Plan Peninsula

While the State Government considers MPS a Peri- Urban area (a non-urban area adjacent to cities), it is very much Shire’s view that MPS is not part of greater Melbourne.  The MPS has therefore been running a number of community workshops on the future look, feel and role of the Mornington Peninsula.  At the same time it has tried to gauge community concerns for the future.   Feedback from the workshops formed the basis of the Shire’s submission to the State Government’s Mornington Peninsula Planning Statement – a plan that will set the direction, extent and nature of development on the Peninsula for the next 20-30 years. The Metropolitan Planning Strategy and  Regional Growth Plans can be found at

http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning/plansandpolicies/planningformelbourne

The NCG has also written to the State Government supporting the MPS position.

Click on link below to see the NCG’s submission.

NCG Planning Zone Reform submission 2

 

REVIEW OF DOG WALKING IN MORNINGTON PENINSULA NATIONAL PARK

Dogs in Mornington Peninsula National Park are not only threatening vunerable and endangered fauna including the Hooded Plovers but are often off leash, running around the beach at all times of the day and generally spoiling the amenity of the area.

HAVE YOUR SAY ON DOG WALKING

Parks Victoria is reviewing options to further restrict dog walking in the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Community feedback is being sought following numerous reports of dog attacks and threats to local wildlife.

“There are 32 fauna species listed in Victoria as endangered, vulnerable or near threatened have been recorded in the park,” said District Chief Ranger Libby Jude. “We need to protect them.”

“There are obvious health benefits for people walking their dogs, and there remains many areas on the Mornington Peninsula where people can do just that. However, within the national park it is an activity that needs to be carefully managed in the interests of protecting local wildlife.”

A discussion paper outlines the issues associated with dog walking and presents 4 options that are under consideration to determine the future of this activity in the park.

Options for consideration include:

  1. A seasonal ban for the whole park where dogs are currently permitted
  2. Restricting dogs to designated visitor sites and adjacent beach areas
  3. A seasonal ban in selected areas
  4. A total ban for the whole park.

To see the Dog Walking in Mornington Peninsula Park discussion paper click on link below

Dog-Walking-Discussion-Paper_Sept_2012

For further information and to register your opinion go to

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/mornington-peninsula-national-park/plans-and-projects/dog-walking-review

More beach poo

Endangered Plover Chick

Current Restriction Sign