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Update on Caring for Our Country Community Action Grant


One of the bushland reserves which is looked after by a Friends Group of the Nepean Conservation Group

Friends Of Dimmicks Bushland Reserve

Keith Murley

Do you enjoy going to Dimmicks Beach? You may have thought you were going through the National Park but perhaps noticed the signs at Carslake and Mungala entrances referring to “Dimmicks Bushland Reserve” and the Friends Group. The section you walk through to get access to the beach is a bushland reserve. This only exists because of a three-year fight by locals starting in 1996 against Shire proposals to sell off what were 2 subdivision blocks of some 20 m width. If these had been sold it would have blocked access to the beach. The Reserve from either Carslake Ave or Mungala Cres provides access into the National Park cliff walks and Dimmicks Beach (Melways Map 167, G7)

Caring for Our Country Community Action Grant

In March 2012 the NCG put in an application for the Commonwealth Government’s Caring for Our Country 2012-13 Community Action Grant.  In July we received news that the NCG was a successful recipient of a Caring for Our Country Community Action Grant. Herewith are details of our application, and the work we have before us for 2012-2013.

Project Title

Indigenous planting, removal of environmental weeds & community awareness project

Project description

Many areas of the Mornington Peninsula have been over grown or are in the process of being overgrown with environmental weeds including noxious weeds. Other areas including sand dunes, are suffering from erosion. The project will identify & remove environmental weeds from parks & reserves &  revegetate these areas & sand dunes with indigenous plants & trees. The project will be executed & maintained by teams, through  volunteers & volunteer friends groups on the Mornington Peninsula. The project will also include the preparation & production of literature & the further development of a website, to raise community awareness of the environmental issues & the need to protect the natural habitat peculiar to the southern Mornington Peninsula.

Project activities

Within selected areas totalling approximately 10 hectares, the project teams will identify & remove environmental  including noxious weeds, from parks & reserves. Advice will be sought from experts, which will lead to appropriate indigenous plants & trees being selected to revegetate the selected areas & sand dunes suffering from erosion. The work will be conducted by volunteers & volunteer friends groups totalling approximately 50 people. Literature & the further enhancement of a website, will be produced to raise community awareness of the environmental issues & the need to protect our natural habitat on the southern Mornington Peninsula. All project teams will be given “milestones” to ensure the project is completed on time.

Reportable Outcomes

Our project outcomes include the following:

  • Clearance of environmental      including noxious weeds in the selected areas.
  • Minimisation of erosion in the      selected areas.
  • Revegetation of the selected      areas including sand dunes, with indigenous plants & trees.
  • Production of literature to      raise community awareness of the environmental issues in the southern      Mornington Peninsula area & the need to protect our habitat.
  • The further development of a      website.
  • The selected areas will be      maintained on a regular basis by the volunteer friends groups.

Key steps:

1. Selection of areas to be revegetated & identification of environmental including noxious weeds to be removed

2. Production of literature & the further development of website to raise community awareness of the environmental issues & the need to protect our habitat.

3. Removal of environmental weeds

4. Revegetation of the selected areas

Nominated sites (being confirmed and finalised):

Shire Reserves and PV sites under the NCG umbrella such as: Diamond Bay, Dimmicks Bushland Reserve, E.G. Ritchie Reserve, Policemans Point, Sorrento Beach, Point Nepean, Sid Baker Reserve, Slips Reserve, Tuckey Track Reserve, Spray Point Wild Coast, Sorrento Park.

Other organisations we will work with

Jane Burke Bush Restoration and SPIFFA for advice in relation to environmental weed eradication & planting of indigenous species.

Glenvue Nursery and The Briars Nursery- supply of indigenous plants & trees

Various Contractors to be identified

The project specifically addresses:

  • Coastal Environment
  • Reducing the impact of invasive species
  • Engaging the community in coastal rehabilitation, restoration and      conservation

The Funding was requested for

  • Invasive species control (such as Polygala, Italian Buckthorn,      Bridle Creeper, Cape Ivy, English Ivy)
  • Educational and community awareness activities (such as      trials/demonstrations, workshops, field days, website development, and      community monitoring)
  • Re-vegetation (e.g. for habitat, biodiversity corridors/linkages,      erosion control)
  • Administration support
  • Accounting costs

Work is underway and the NCG Committee look forward to many members and friends becoming involved – please let John Franklin know of your willingness to participate in whatever capacity you are able to do so. During the next few months there will be calls for help and for specific tasks/jobs to be undertaken. We look forward to welcoming you.

To see the map that locates flora and fauna reserves in the Mornington Peninsula Shire area which are part of the NCG weed removal and re-planting project funded under a Caring for Country Grant click on the following link below
Sid Baker Reserve
E G Richie – corner Summoner St and Dana Ave
Western Sister
Diamond Bay

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