3941 Rye Beachpatrol is a group of volunteers which meets once a month to clean the beach. We are supported by Beachpatrol (beachpatrol.com.au) and the Mornington Peninsula Shire. There are many people on the peninsula who pick up rubbish in their areas, some of whom have already joined us. We encourage you all to come along for our next beach clean. You may wish to start your own group at a later date. Together, we have fun, collect more and help our beaches. Look for the very bright orange tee shirts! Hope to see you there! Our Next Clean is Saturday, May 2, at 2 pm. Please meet in the carpark just east of the Rye Yacht Club. Wear your tee shirt and bring your gloves. New members and visitors welcome!
Warrangine Finds Friends After Fire
The Green Army team meets with Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Cr David Garnock, Mayor Bev Colomb, Simon Thorning – Team Leader Natural Systems and Matt Stahmer – Conservation Coordinator.
Groups are assisting Mornington Peninsula Shire with works to help Warringine Park regenerate after the park suffered damage from a fire in January.
A Green Army team, Franklin Scholar students and the Shire’s Natural Systems team members are working together to bring the park back to life.
Simon Thorning, Shire Team Leader Natural Systems, explained that groups have been working on making the area safer, collecting rubbish and debris, and clearing vegetation.
“We’ll soon start restoring the bushland and continue to manage the fire risk in the park as the vegetation grows back.
“Some areas of the park remain closed for public safety reasons following the fire and we ask people to please respect track closures as this is sensitive vegetation and can be damaged very easily.
“The reconstruction project for the burned areas of the boardwalk has been put out to tender, and works are expected to be completed later in the year,” he said.
For more information or if you would like to volunteer with a regeneration program at Warringine Park please contact the Shire on 1300.850.600.
Mangrove Planting to Protect Lang Lang Coastline
Volunteers planting and placing protective tubes
Eroding Lang Lang Coastline
Chairman of the Western Port Seagrass Partnership, Ian Stevenson has advised that it has completed phase one of a two phase project aimed at protecting the eroding coastline along the Lang Lang Coastline.
This project is a partnership project with key funding and land management agencies and the community, with the lead role being taken by the Western Port Seagrass Partnership. The $20,000 project has been funded by the 2014/15 Victorian Community Coastcare Grants Program, with the approval and support of Parks Victoria, the responsible agency for this section of the Coastline.
The works include planting both mangrove seeds and seedlings over the period January – April 2015. January works completed: 450 seeds and 300 plants; April works to come: 2,100 plants
Members of Mornington Peninsula Youth Enterprises with seedlings ready for planting in April/May
All the plantings are being done according to an approved experimental design that will both help protect the coastline but also provide valuable information about the most effective ways to establish mangroves along eroding coastlines. Findings to date strongly suggest seedlings need protection from storms, so all seeds and seedlings have been planted inside PVC tubes.
All the seeds for the project have been collected by community volunteers from around Western Port, and the seedlings have been raised by our partner organization Mornington Peninsula Youth Enterprises which has devised special tidal tanks to grow mangroves in simulated natural conditions.
Mangrove seedling in protective tubing
The specially designed protective pipes with machined grooves to avoid water and sediment build up, have been produced by another partner organization, the Mornington Men’s Shed.
The plantings thus far have been undertaken by community volunteers and trainee students from various regional colleges and Universities. Local farmers have also been supportive, allowing access to the coastline through their properties.
We hope that our project will be successful and result in a sustainably stable coastline along this problematic coastline which on average is estimated to be eroding by 0.5 metres a year. We welcome participation by the local community and volunteers can register their interest on our web site www.seagrass.com.au
IAN STEVENSON, Chairman - On behalf of the Board of the Western Port Seagrass Partnership
Song Thrush sightings
Song Thrush at Red Hill. Photo by Mark Lethlean
Mark Lethlean has photographed a Song Thrush at Red Hill on three occasions, 20 January 2006, 9 January 2010 and 5 January 2015, either at his place or Kangerong Reserve. This photograph is of the one seen in January this year.
“I have only seen them occasionally up here in the dense bush. They are shy and can be confused with Bassian Thrush. Interestingly over nine years I have only seen them in January.Are many Song Thrushes seen on the Mornington Peninsula?” If you have records of Song Thrushes I would love to hear from you. Val Ford, 5984 0039, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frankston City Finalist in 10 Categories
Frankston City Council has been named a finalist in 10 categories of the 2015 Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards. Council is also in the running to be named Sustainable City of the Year 2015.
The Awards recognise and celebrate positive actions taken by individuals, councils, environmental groups, schools, students and local community groups.
To reach finalist status in every category entered is an unprecedented achievement, and Frankston City Mayor, Cr Sandra Mayer said she and fellow Councillors could not be more proud.
“This is truly a nod to the high-calibre of services, innovative projects and events Council provided to the local community over the last year.
“It is also great to see our residents recognised for the work they do to keep our part of Australia clean, green and beautiful,” said Cr Mayer.
Council is a finalist in the following categories:
Resource Recovery and Waste Management -Halve our Waste Program
Community Government Partnership - Alternative Energy Trials and Solar Program
Environmental Sustainability - Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC)
Protection of the Environment: Habitat planting on National Tree Day
Clean Beach/ Waterways - FrankstonWaterfront Festival
Litter Prevention - Residents against Graffiti in Ashleigh Avenue
Community Action Leadership - Wells Street Community Market
Cultural Heritage - Susono Frankston Sister Cities
Active Schools - Woodleigh School
Winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Friday 12 June.
The council crowned Sustainable City of the Year 2015 will represent Victoria at the Keep Australia Beautiful National Sustainable Cities Awards later this year.
A wildly successful Bush Cubby session was held on Sunday 3rd May in the Balcombe Estuary Reserve adjacent to the Mount Martha Preschool. Over 60 parents, kids, neighbours, cousins and BERG Mt Martha volunteers joined the fun building dens, shelters and cubbies from tea tree, pine needles and other foraged materials. After enjoying a snack in the new cubby homes, the families explored the Bunyip Walk that runs between the preschool and the boardwalk. The session was organised by Zoe Boehnke (preschool mum and BERG MM member) along with Jen and Lorraine from BERG. 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. Family memberships - which include a newsletter subscription - are only $20 per annum. For more information about the activities of BERG Mt Martha or to join, http://www.berg.org.au.
Little Bergers Zoe also runs a weekly nature playgroup called "Little Bergers" on Wednesday mornings at the Balcombe Estuary Park from 11.00am. Pop along and enjoy some fresh air, tree climbing and make some new friends.
Where: Balcombe Estuary Park Mount Martha (end of Mirang Ave) When: Wednesday morning approx 11.00 am – 1.00 pm Who: Local families with babies, toddler and pre-schoolers
More information on our Facebook page
Gone Gardening is a group of keen gardeners who meet on the third Thursday of the month at 1.30pm The group is coordinated through the Sorrento Community Centre.
In April the group visited have Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens - a must see garden made at the top of the Dandenongs where a maze of stone walls are set within woodlands of magnificent and historic cool climate trees.
Next month guest speaker Mather Stahmer from the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council will be speaking about Coastal Planting
We are happy to welcome other interested gardeners to join us for this interesting presentation and afternoon tea on Thursday 14th May at the Sorrento Community Centre, 868 Melbourne road, Sorrento Bookings email: email@example.com phone 5984.3360
Bird Life on the Mornington Peninsula
Pink-eared Ducks. Photo: Danny Vits
BirdLife Australia has a membership of over 10,000. Birdlife Australia Mornington Peninsula has a membership of over 200.
We are also actively involved in education and conservation issues. Some of our members are involved in bird monitoring including species as the Hooded Plovers, under threat, on the peninsula ocean beaches.
The 2015 BirdLife Mornington Peninsula AGM will be held at The Briars theatrette on Wednesday the 13th of May, commencing with a bird walk on the property at 9am.
The AGM will be preceeded by morning tea at 10.30am, after which a talk will be given by Andrew Silcocks of our National Office on the birds of Spitzbergen.
All welcome and if you feel you could help by nominating for the committee, please call our Secretary Ray Pentland on 5986.4717. The committee obligations are not onerous and you will be helping preserve our wonderful bird life.
BIRD LIFE OUTINGS Sunday, May 17 Mornington Peninsula National Park Highfield Circuit, Boneo Road, Cape Schanck Meet at 10:00am in car park on Boneo Road - 1st car park on Rosebud side of Boneo Road Melway reference 259 J7 Contact BirdLife Mornington Peninsula on 0429-947-893
Reproduced with kind permission of Mornington Peninsula Birdlife
The Balcombe Estuary Reserves
Balcombe Creek arises at the back of Mt Eliza and flows through Baxter and the Moorooduc plain, before it is joined by Devilbend Creek and turns westwards towards Port Phillip. The Boon wurrung, the Mornington Peninsula’s traditional owners, called it Tji’tjin’garook – the voice of frogs.
The Balcombe Estuary Reserves, declared in 1987, covers 44 hectares between the Nepean Highway and the coastline. They protect the last unspoilt estuary on the eastern side of Port Phillip. The Reserves are a haven for local flora and fauna. Plants range from native orchids, tiny ground hugging herbs and flowering shrubs, to Swamp Paperbarks, She-okes and stately Manna Gums. Wetland birds graze and roost about the estuary – including Egrets, Spoonbills, Cormorants, Pelicans, Ducks, Water Fowl and Herons. Among the native fish species in the creek, is the nationally threatened Dwarf Galaxia. Lizards, skinks and frogs find shelter among fallen logs and low plants. Woodland birds range from tiny Wrens, Thornbills, Honeyeaters, Mistletoe birds and Robins, which thrive in the dense undergrowth, to Rosellas, Kookaburras and Goshawks. Mammals to be seen include Echidnas, Sugar Gliders, Swamp Rats, several tiny Bat species, Possums and an occasional Koala
BERG Mt Martha (Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group) is a friends group formed in 1997 to preserve and restore the unique ecology of the Balcombe Estuary and Reserves.
There volunteers work in many different ways to care for the creek, estuary and reserves for future generations. They remove pest plants and weeds, plant indigenous species, monitor water quality, encourage birds and other wildlife, tackle drainage and sedimentation issues, engage schools and universities, conduct community education, talk to local groups, lobby government and much more...
BERG Mt Martha initiatives include: Interpretive signs, nesting boxes, audio trails, Birds of the Balcombe Estuary Reserves brochure, Mt Martha Eco Walk flyer, Liz Barraclough bird hide, Sedimentation Action Group, Family day at the estuary, Clean Up Australia day.
They have regular monthly working bees on the mornings of the 3rd Sunday and 2nd Tuesday and a weekly Friday morning group - a delicious morning tea is always provided. There are many other ways in which you could become involved.
You could join them if you would like to:
Willing workers enjoying morning tea
Show your support for what they do.
Meet local people like who care about the environment and want to have a say.
Learn about local ecology – the inter-relationship of plants, animals, soils and climate.
Hear expert speakers at their member events.
Take part in training workshops.
Get free indigenous plants and planting advice. Local plants attract native birds!
Receive their informative environmental newsletter The Creek.