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Updates Police Point Shire Park Portsea, Point Nepean Quarantine Station

Police Point Shire Park works update December 2013

PNQS Stakeholder Advice 4 16Dec2013


2014 NCG Calendars available at Antipodes Bookshop, Glenvue Nursery; Sorrento,Blairgowrie and Clayton Newsagencies

2014 NCG Calendars now available at

Antipodes Gallery & Bookshop 
138 Ocean Beach Road Sorrento 3943 7 days 10 – 5.


410 Browns Road
RYE   3941


Blairgowrie Newsagency

2825 Point Nepean Rd Blairgowrie, VIC, 3942


Sorrento Newsagency 

66 Ocean Beach Road


24799_Nepean_2014 Cal


A personal invitation   to attend the Mornington Peninsula Shire


Saturday 24   August from 8:30am until 3:30pm, in Hastings.

THE   EXPO features a range of Rural and Agricultural presenters and   exhibitor displays with a focus on soil, water quality, land management and   productive land use. GUEST SPEAKER:
  •   Soil, Soil Class and local Soil types
  •   Land Class & Rural Land Management
  •   Native Vegetation and Weeds
  •   Farm Water Quality and Waterway Health
  •   Rural Business, Regional Food & FarmGate
  •   State Food Industry & emerging Agribusiness
INFORMATION   AND DISPLAYS   include Fire Ready, Farm Waste, Landcare on the Peninsula, The Briars Eco House   services and tours, Western Port BioSphere, Dolphin Research Institute, the   Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Agricultural Industry groups such as   the Victorian Farmers Federation, and helpful information on local social   media for the Rural Landholder and Agriculture and much more.The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s ‘Water Sensitive Rural Land’ program is pleased to personally invite you to attend the Sustainable Rural Land Expo, which will be held indoors, so that you can come along and enjoy a warm day out.

To celebrate the EXPO, there are 24 FARM Education grants* available to the rural landholders in the Main Creek or Watson creek catchments, that complete an Expression of Interest at the time of EXPO registration. The grants vary depending on the FARM educational courses that you are interested in, provided by either DEPI or TAFE. If you are a Rural Landholder in the Main Creek or Watson creek catchments you are eligible to submit an Expression of Interest to receive a grant for onsite works or training to manage your rural property and water quality management, funded by the Water Sensitive Rural Land program. See Lisa on the day, or e-mail to ask further questions.


EXPO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED* as numbers are strictly limited. Entry is $10.00 per person for catering and printed handouts. To register, please contact me before Tues 20 Aug 2013 on 0418 394 285, email or visit

Yours sincerely


*Lisa Brassington | Officer, Water Sensitive Rural Land |Mornington Peninsula Shire | E: | T: 1300 850 600 | M: 0418394285

List of Speakers

Soil,   Soil class and local Soil types
Lindsay Hyde
DEPI Frankston
Farm Services Victoria
Lindsay has many years with DPI Victoria (now DEPI) and   has worked with communities in both the Northern & Southern parts of   Victoria in various NRM project delivery, and a extensive soil knowledge and   understanding. Lindsay facilitates many DEPI courses, such as Farm Planning,   iFarm and the basics of developing a farm plans.
Land   class and Rural Land Management
David Stewart
Small Farm Services Victoria
A graduate of Marcus Oldham Farm Management College   Geelong and a trainer of farm apprentices in the TAFE system, David was a DPI   Regional Chemical Standards Officer for 9 years before taking over the role   of managing the DPI Small Landholder Information Services. David now runs a   Small Farms Services Victoria consultancy
Native   Vegetation and Weeds
Jacqui Salter
Landcare Facilitator
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Jacqui Salter is the Landcare Facilitator for the   Mornington Peninsula. She assists the nine Landcare groups on the Mornington   Peninsula. Current projects include renewal of a Landcare group in the   Western Port area of the Mornington Peninsula, fauna monitoring on private   property, and assisting groups with the development of biolinks (habitat   corridors) across Mornington Peninsula.
Farm   Water Quality and Waterway Health
Lisa Brassington
Water Sensitive Rural Land
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Lisa is the officer co-ordinating the Water Sensitive   Rural Land program. Lisa is working with local rural landholders to improve   land management for on-farm water quality and efficiency. Projects include   undertaking works to improve farm erosion, such as planting, fences or track   maintenance. See Lisa, she may have a grant for you.
Paul Hodgson
River Health Officer
Mornington Peninsula
Melbourne Water
Paul is responsible for advocating for river health and   supporting people who wish to improve the habitat values of their creeks and   wetlands. If interested in undertaking work to improve your creek, such as   planting, fencing, or weed control, come and have a chat.
Local   Rural Business, Regional Food Strategy and Farm Gate
Gillian Stewart
Rural Business Officer
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Gillian works with diverse rural communities to design   and implement practical farmer learning activities, which build technical   capacity and incorporate innovative thinking into farm management decision   making processes. Gillian currently facilitates a Small Rural Landholder   Network across the shire which is encouraging local rural landholders to   actively share their agricultural experiences and provide technical knowledge   and skill building to enhance agricultural production and on-ground action.
State   Food Industry & emerging Agribusiness
Ben White is the General Manager, Agriculture   Development, for RASV. Ben’s most recent role was that of CEO of New Rural   Industries Australia (NRIA). Previously Market development South East Asia   with DPI and Manager, Food group, Regional Development Victoria. Tom Whitty is the public affairs advisor with   the Victorian Farmers Federation.  Tom is fuelled by his passion for   story telling, raising the profile of agriculture in the community and in   enriching the urban-rural divide. Tom co-founded social media initiatives   #AgChatOZ & #RuralMH.

EXPO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED* as numbers are strictly limited.
Entry is $10.00 per person for catering and printed handouts.
To register, please contact me before Tuesday 20 August on 0418 394 285,
email or visit


Kind regards



Gillian Stewart

Rural Business Officer

Economic Development Unit

Mornington Peninsula Shire


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


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

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


What to plant


Over recent years the lack of rain and restrictions on the use of water has been severe on our garden plants. However, there have been few, if any, losses among our local plants.

The soils on this end of the Mornington Peninsula are composed of dry calcareous sand. The natural vegetation is therefore highly lime tolerant and has adapted to withstand low levels of moisture and the harsh coastal environment.   The Nepean Conservation Group therefore recommends that when we have a break in the weather, planting of our local plants be carried out.

We suggest these:


Moonah, Drooping She-Oak, Coast Banksia, Sweet Bursaria, Coastal Tea-tree.



Coast Beard-heath, Thyme Rice Flower, Coast Pomaderris, Sea Box, Common Correa, White Correa, Sticky Daisy-bush, Peninsula Daisy-bush.



Small Flower Flax Lily, Tussock Grass.



Seaberry Saltbush



Silky Guinea Flower, Running Postman, Bower Spinach, Karkalla


For more information about these plants see our pamphlet: Guide to Indigenous Plants and Problem Weeds of the Nepean Peninsula. Note this is a large file and it requires the free Adobe Acrobat reader which can be downloaded from the following site

Most of our local nurseries stock some of these plants, however if you would like our guidance in this respect, or have any other queries please phone (03) 5984 1953 or (03) 5982 1727.

Marine Parks

The Point Nepean component

The Point Nepean component of the Marine National Park extends around Point Nepean on the eastern side of the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. This component contains extensive shallow reefs up to seven metres in depth covered in kelp and supports a variety of marine life including Victoria’s marine state emblem the Weedy Seadragon, seahorses, cuttlefish and numerous algal and invertebrate species.

The Portsea Hole component

Portsea hole is a depression within the bed of the old Yarra River that has flowed through this area during periods of glaciation and lower sea levels. The area is popular with divers and reaches depths of up to 30 metres. Portsea Hole acts as a shelter for a variety of fish and other reef species and the stratification of marine life on the wall provides special qualities as a dive site. It is one of the most popular deeper recreational dive sites in the bay.

The Popes Eye component

The Popes Eye component of the Marine National Park is located approximately 5 km north east of Portsea. Popes Eye is an artificial environment made of bluestone boulders that have been laid in a semi-circular ring which rise approximately 2.5 metres above the surface at low tide. Originally intended to become one of the fortresses guarding the entrance to Port Phillip but never completed, this structure provides a safe anchorage for pleasure craft and the substrate for a rich community of animals and plants that attach to the rocks and associated fish fauna. Inside the ring water depth is only around 1.5m but outside the water drops to a depth around 10m.

On the tops of the rocks are extensive beds of brown kelps including both Giant Kelp and also Leathery Kelp. These species create a forest like environment. Beneath the kelp a vast array of colourful encrusting algae and sedentary organisms such as molluscs of many types, seastars, feather stars, sea urchins, sponges, sea squirts and soft corals adorn the rocks, making it in some respects, an artificial microcosm of the Heads reef environment.

The site is an important breeding site for Australasian Gannets which nest on the platform and rocks above the water, one of the few known sites where Gannets breed on a human made structure in the world. Australian Fur Seals are often seen in the area. Because of its unique shape and protection from tidal currents Popes Eye is one of the most accessible snorkelling and dive sites in the Bay with many people learning to SCUBA dive having this site as there first open water dive. Popes Eye has also been the only fully protected marine environment within Port Philip for the last twenty years and as a consequence there are large numbers of animals present, particularly fish.

WAR ON WEEDS – progress!

From Nepean Conservation News September 2006

Allan Main reports that the Keith Turnbull Research Institute at Frankston has been conducting trials for the biological control of Bridal Creeper – Asparagus asparagoides. (Smilax) with some success. The leaf hopper, Zygina sp. has been released at selected areas since 1999, the rust fungus, Puccinia myrsiphilli since 2000, and the leaf beetle, Crioceris sp., since 2002. The rust has really taken hold. The hoppers (bred and released by local primary school children) have had more restricted success, evidently where local conditions suit it. It is still too early to judge the success of the beetles for control.

Allan adds “members may not realize that this is a widespread problem from Victoria to Western Australia. For instance it is particularly bad on Kangaroo Island, and is a menace to citrus orchards in the Murray irrigation area. That is why the work is being funded by the CSIRO, Weeds CRC, the Natural Heritage Trust, and the Environment Conservation Council. The best method for homeowners to use is the repeated spraying with herbicide for years. A great deal of information is available on the web site”.

Members are warned to be cautious using glyphosate i.e Roundup-type herbicides, use according to directions, cover yourself up well, and apply carefully as spray drift can kill adjacent vegetation. Glyphosate should not be used near waterways, and possibly does not break down properly in our sandy soils. Organic Interceptor, a herbicide based on pine oil, works on young smilax at 20:80 dilution Visit website :

Parks Victoria Environment Ranger, Sue Mahoney confirms that rust has taken off since it release at Koonya Beach and Ivanhoe Street, Sorrento, and commented, “.. wind-dispersed (and possibly carried by foxes), it damages Bridal Creeper by reducing the photosynthetic surface of the leaf and by tricking the plant into diverting energy from tuber reserves for the Rust’s use, instead of being used for growth and flowering purposes. Biological controls do not eradicate weeds. They will reduce it but they will never eliminate them”.