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Commercial Development at Point Nepean National Park


State government sees a Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow at Point Nepean National Park.

The Victorian government has introduced sweeping changes to Victoria’s national  parks allowing for 99-year private leases.

The commercial real estate section of  a recent Saturday Age carried an  advertisement from real estate agents Jones Lang LaSalle to lease the Quarantine  Station. The government has also asked for expressions  of interest for private  development of the 17-hectare  site.

Read more:

Click on link below for the latest information released by the Victorian Government

PNQS Stakeholder advice 3


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

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

The State Government is planning to make some alarming changes to Victoria’s native vegetation clearing laws.

The State Government is planning to make some alarming changes to Victoria’s native vegetation clearing laws.

If they go through, your local habitat will need your help more than ever!

Now is the time to make your voice heard! Come along to this public forum and find out what’s at risk and how you can help.

For a pdf of the full brochure click on the link below
The State Government is planning to make some alarming changes to Victoria


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:-

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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.


Petition – Protect the Peninsula and Victoria’s Beaches and Foreshores

We want to get as many people as we can to help us save our beach foreshore and it would be appreciated if you would also ask your family and friends if they would be prepared to support you. It’s super easy – all you need to do is forward this email.

We support a new Aquatic/Leisure Centre for Rosebud but not on the foreshore. If the Council is successful then it could se a precedent for all sorts of inappropriate development along the whole of the Port Phillip Bay foreshore and our Victorian coastal reserves.

Rosebud Foreshore Aquatic Centre

At its Council meeting on 16 November 2011 the MPSC voted 6 to 5 to go ahead with the proposal to put the Rosebud Aquatic Centre on crown land on the Rosebud Foreshore. Over the past two years a proposed Rosebud Aquatic Centre has been discussed.

The NCG is not against the development of a pool in Rosebud. It is our contention that the MPSC has not assessed ALL possible sites for an aquatic centre. Of major concern is the “process” and decisionmaking principles in relation to the proposed Rosebud Aquatic Centre. The principle at stake here is commercial developments/ ventures on the coastal foreshore. A dangerous precedent of using public foreshore land for semi commercial purposes is involved. The impact on the coastal foreshore would be detrimental to the values of place. The preciousness of the coast to the  Mornington and Nepean peninsulas cannot be overstated. The two coasts – Port Phillip bayside and Bass Strait ocean side – are integral to its natural and cultural heritage, to its unique sense of place and to its identity. Such a development on the foreshore would have a significant adverse impact on the associated values of this place.

At the end of February 2012, the Environment Minister Ryan Smith granted his consent for the project.

The letter from the minister can be viewed here: Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre – Ministerial Approval Letter

A Special Council Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, 19 March, 2012.  This meeting will take place at the Municipal Offices, Queen Street, Mornington.  The item to be considered will be: Southern Peninsula Aquatic Facility Development Application Process.  If you have any queries regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. Mark Howells of the Governance Unit on 5950 1422.   Public Notice

Rosebud Foreshore, Image courtesy ‘Nearmap’