Bushland Reserves

1.Overview

The Mornington Peninsula features more than 200 bushland reserves. These remnant areas of bushland are complex living environments that provide food and shelter to support many species of protected flora and fauna. Bushland needs to be preserved to ensure that it can continue to be enjoyed by future generations.

2.Friends groups

Friends Groups consist of members of the local community who are the heart and soul of bushland reserves. Friends Groups are people who, with the Shire’s consent, undertake activities to positively impact the bush. Mornington Peninsula Shire has more than 50 Friends Groups volunteering their time. Some members enjoy getting their hands dirty, some contribute by publishing the newsletter and some prefer to keep track of the dollars. You don’t need specific knowledge of the bushland, just an enthusiasm and a love of the environment.

For a list with contact details, please visit our Environmental Care Volunteering in the section Volunteering in Your Community

3.Landcare network

Mornington Peninsula Landcare groups are forming – the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network.

The network has been established to assist local landcare groups to deal more effectively with the administration of large-scale projects and to provide a way for groups to deal with cross-boundary issues such as weeds and pests as well as developing biolinks across the landscape.

Bernie Schedvin, a member of the steering committee for the Landcare Network states: “The development of a Landcare network is an important step and will enable us to work together more effectively to address local land management issues and develop constructive projects to enhance the environment”.

For more information, please contact Jacqui Salter on:  jacqueline.salter@mornpen.vic.gov.au or call 5950 1000.

4.Parks & Reserves

The Shire has many parks and reserves for residents and visitors to enjoy. For more information please visit our section Parks & Reserves 

5.Fire management & prescribed burning of bushland reserves

Fuel Management Zones are areas within Bushland Reserves, typically along boundaries, where the fuel levels (vegetation) are deliberately modified to reduce the potential impact of wildfire on nearby assets.

You can access further information by visiting our section on Fire & Emergency Mangement and Bushland Reserves & Fire Management