A New Boardwalk in Warragine
Mornington Peninsula Shire will soon begin works to reconstruct a section of boardwalk affected by the January fire in Warringine Park, Hastings.
Cerberus Ward Councillor David Garnock said the fire affected around 700 metres of boardwalk in the park and the burnt boardwalk sections, as well as ash and debris, were removed following the fire.
“Works are scheduled to begin in July to construct new, treated pine boardwalk to replace burnt boardwalk sections.
“We ask that people continue to respect track closures as the sensitive vegetation throughout the park can be easily damaged.
“We expect the boardwalk replacement to be finished by the end of August 2015 and, noting the importance of this tourist attraction to local visitors and businesses, we look forward to reopening the full length of the boardwalk to the public at this time,” he said.
Honouring Our Past
Protecting Our Heritage
The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s staged review of heritage places on the peninsula has been bolstered by the state government’s endorsement of further heritage planning controls for a number of properties in the Mount Eliza, Mornington and Mount Martha areas.
The Shire’s heritage review aims to ensure important heritage places receive recognition and protection under the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme. The Shire is working with local community heritage groups, the National Trust and external heritage architects on a review of a large number of potential heritage places.
More than 500 potential heritage places in the Mount Eliza, Mornington and Mount Martha areas were assessed as part of Stage 1 of the Heritage review throughout 2011 – 2013. The state government’s recent endorsement of heritage planning amendments for Mount Eliza, Mornington and Mount Martha enacts a Heritage Overlay for 60 additional heritage places, effectively ensuring that proposals for significant changes to these properties, including demolition, will be assessed to ensure heritage values are maintained prior to any works being undertaken.
Other improvements to heritage protection achieved by the amendment include the introduction of a special policy to protect the heritage values of Mount Eliza’s Ranelagh Estate and a stronger policy regarding assessment of development applications within the Heritage Overlay and on adjacent properties.
Stage 2 of the Heritage Review project is now underway in the areas of Safety Beach, Dromana, McCrae, Rosebud, Tootgarook, Rye and part of the hinterland. Other areas of the Shire will be assessed as part of future stages of the Heritage Review, a long-term commitment by the Shire to honour its past.
Information about the new heritage controls are available in Planning Scheme Amendment C174. The Mornington Peninsula Thematic History has also been written, which is an extensive and informative overview of the evolution of the built environment on the peninsula. Both documents are available from the Shire website at www.mornpen.vic.gov.au
Living with our
Plant a Tree
Each year, in support of United Nations World Environment Day (June 5), the United Nations Association of Australia recognises innovative and outstanding environmental programs and initiatives from across Australia and the important work of Australian environmental leaders through its World Environment Day Awards.
1. NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Sustainability Leadership Awards (Small and Medium Organisations & Large Organisations)
2. Swinburne University of Technology Excellence in Sustainable Product Design Award
3. Hanson's Green Building Award
4. Virgin Australia Community Award
5. Biodiversity Award
6. Business Awards (Best Specific Environmental Initiative & Excellence in Overall Environmental Management)
7. Environmental School Award
8. Excellence in Sustainable Water Management Award
9. Individual Award
10. Local Government Awards (Best Specific Environmental Initiative & Excellence in Overall Environmental Management)
11. Media Award for Environmental Reporting
12. Sustainability Education Award
For further information, please contact the UNAA Victoria office on (03) 9670 7878
Fun with the Little Bergers
BERG Mt Martha is a group of local volunteers who work to preserve and restore the Balcombe estuary and reserves, as well as a running a variety of community and social activities to get residents informed and involved in this beautiful part of Mount Martha.
Zoe Boehnke (preschool mum and BERG. member runs a weekly nature playgroup called "Little Bergers" on Wednesday mornings at the Balcombe Estuary Park from 11.00-1.00. Pop along and enjoy some fresh air, tree climbing and make some new friends. Local families with babies, toddler and pre-schoolers all welcome.
Family memberships - which include a newsletter subscription only $20 per annum. For more information about the activities of BERG Mt Martha or to join, http://www.berg.org.au.
Down the Drain in Mornington
Mornington Peninsula Shire will undertake a $1.2 million upgrade to drainage in Mornington.
The Cook Street Outfall Stage 1 upgrade is part of the Shire’s $30 million, ten-year Local Integrated Drainage Strategy.
The Cook Street works will involve partial reconstruction of the stormwater network that services both commercial and residential areas of the Mornington township.
As a result of the works significant drainage improvement will be evident in Cook Street, Grange Road, Franklin Place, Gordon Street, Murray Street, Barkley Street, Pearson Street, the Eastern Ring Road, Main Street, Tanti Avenue and The Esplanade.
It is anticipated that construction works will commence in May/June dependent on weather, and are to be completed by early November 2015.
Road/lane closures are expected in the area and will be listed on the Shire website as the project progresses