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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.