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Update on Caring for Our Country Community Action Grant

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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
Dimmicks
E G Richie – corner Summoner St and Dana Ave
Western Sister
Diamond Bay

http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?hl=en&gl=au&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=207285336082804457526.0004cd44730ba79ffc1cf

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Four week old plover chick killed by an off-leash dog

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 The plover chick before being mauled to death by an off-leash dog.

 As some of you may have heard the 4 week old Point King chick was killed      by  an off-leash dog on Sunday afternoon. The incident was witnessed by the son of a local volunteer who had been checking the family. They are really upset. The chick was only days from flying and would have been the first chick to fledge in Victoria this year. We had put up “chicks on the beach” signs and this happened only metres from signs which makes this all the sadder (and infuriating).

 For the full story click here

http://issuu.com/southernpeninsulanews/docs/spn_current/7

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The table below shows why it is important to ban dogs from the Mornington Peninsula National Park

Below are the results of Hooded Plover breeding failure over the last 6 years in the Mornington Peninsula National Park.

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

Parks Victoria Review of dog walking in the Mornington Peninsula National Park

Mornington Peninsula National Park – Dog Walking Review

WE ARE NOW AWAITING THE OUTCOME OF THE REVIEW

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

2013 NCG CALENDAR

 

 

IN 2013 THE NCG CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF ADVOCATING FOR THE CONSERVATION OF OUR NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

We have available a special NCG 2013 Calendar with  images of the Peninsula available for just $20 plus Postage and packaging. They make excellent gifts for you family and friends. If you would like to order one or more copies of this special NCG 2013 Calendar Click on the Order Form Below

NCG 2013 Calendar order form

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

SAVE TOOTGAROOK SWAMP

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:-

www.communityrun.org/p/Tootgarookswamp


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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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trfpqbCsMi0&feature=player_detailpage

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.