Council adopts Tootgarook Wetland Management Plan

Published on 16 May 2018

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Following a public exhibition period, Council resolved at its Planning Services Committee Meeting on Monday 14 May to adopt the Tootgarook Wetland Management Plan 2018.

Tootgarook Wetland is the largest groundwater-dependent ecosystem and freshwater marsh in the region. The Wetland contains significant environmental and cultural values, and is home to more than 240 indigenous plant species. It also holds a variety of fauna that includes internationally significant birdlife.

As part of the stewardship and advocacy role of Council in protecting and enhancing the peninsula’s biodiversity, Council commissioned consultant agency BMT in April 2015 to prepare an environmental management plan in partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia.

The plan seeks to prevent further degradation of the Wetland, promote its values, recognise its role in the Catchment and broader Port Phillip area, and define the key risks to its values.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne thanked all the community members who took part in the consultation.

“Tootgarook Wetland provides significant conservation, social and amenity benefits for the Mornington Peninsula and the broader community. It’s important we all work together to protect the natural environment of the Wetland”.

Chair of the Planning Services Committee and Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks concluded “thank you to the community who helped us define the right directions for Tootgarook Wetland. This Plan is a great opportunity to raise the profile of the swamp with the community and to have it as a centre piece of our natural systems”.  

Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi said “the Tootgarook Wetland Management Plan is a signature piece of work instigated by Council and undertaken by the Shire, in consultation with local community interest groups and government stakeholders, to consolidate a vision and an action plan to protect and conserve in perpetuity the highly valued ecosystem contained in this pristine natural environment”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Frank Martin added “community consultation was an integral part of the process in protecting and enhancing the Wetland – thank you to all that participated. I look forward to seeing the Wetland preserved for many years to come”.