9,500 natives planted to protect Victoria’s most significant ecosystem

Published on 13 November 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and a group of dedicated volunteers are determined to protect the Peninsula and their actions speak volumes.

Over the past year, 57 Shire supported Friends Groups who volunteer time to protect biodiversity in their local bushland reserves, have planted 9,500 local native plants across the Peninsula.

Together with the Shire, these groups have also run 380 working bees across 60 reserves throughout the year, contributing over 4,800 volunteer hours and undertaking 96 hectares of environmental weed control.

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “biodiversity plays an integral role in our health and wellbeing and our community has told us natural assets are the most loved and valued feature of the Peninsula.

“We have a fantastic wealth of volunteers and professional expertise and it’s important to strengthen this connection and encourage the wider community to become good environmental stewards”.

For the first time, information on the Peninsula’s biodiversity values – their extent, condition and threats - has been brought together in the Shire’s State of Biodiversity Report.

Drawing on data from scientific, government and community sources, the comprehensive report is essential reading for anyone interested in the Peninsula’s natural environment.

With over 200 kilometres of coast, the Peninsula has a long and varied coastal environment expanding out to 18 creek catchments and an extensive network of waterways, totalling 440 kilometres.

Earlier this year Council acquired a seventy-acre lot forming part of the Tootgarook Wetland – the largest groundwater-dependent ecosystem and freshwater marsh in the region and a significant state biosite. The 590 hectare area holds substantial environmental and cultural value and is home to more than 240 indigenous plant species and a variety of fauna, including internationally significant birdlife. 

This acquisition will enable the Shire to retain and preserve the special biodiversity values, natural vegetation and wildlife on the southern peninsula.

Want to know more about biodiversity on the Peninsula?

View the report or sign up to stay in touch online at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/biodiversity

PICTURE DETAILS: Seawinds Ward Councillors Simon Brooks and Antonella Celi with Shire staff and local volunteers getting involved on National Tree Planting Day at Hillview Community Reserve in July - just one of many community planting days held throughout the year