Guiding you through history

Published on 21 March 2017

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An installation of guide posts throughout the 1803 Collins Settlement Site in Sorrento has been completed thanks to the Friends of Collins Settlement and a $4,000 Placemaking Grant from Mornington Peninsula Shire.

As a way of creating continuity between the various points of interest and the excellent existing interpretive signage throughout the 1.1km site, the Friends of Collins Settlement group has installed a series of guide posts to enable visitors to explore the site as a whole and learn more of its historic value.

The site extends from Camerons Bight Jetty to the boundary of the Sorrento Couta Boat Sailing Club, at which point it links with the Tuckey Track, offering further exploration, following a route in the vicinity of that taken originally by the Boon Wurrung people and later by Lieutenant James Tuckey from the settlement site to St Paul’s Lookout on Bass Strait.

As well as directional information, excerpts from the letters and diaries of the 1803 community are featured on the guide posts, adding depth to the experience of the history of the site.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb said this project will help people understand and connect to the important history of the area, and provide an enjoyable and educational experience while walking through the precinct.

“Thanks to the Shire’s Community Placemaking Grants we see projects such as this one come to fruition. The grants help improve local places through supporting community groups to identify projects that improve both the social and built environments of their townships,” said Councillor Colomb.

Nepean Ward Councillor Hugh Fraser said “Sorrento is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most valuable tourism icons and through our investment into community groups, such as the Friends of Collins Settlement, we’re bringing our public spaces and history to life”. 

Fellow Nepean Ward Councillor Bryan Payne said “We know how important local parks and open spaces are to local communities who enjoy them every day. Thanks to generous and community-driven residents we see upgrades such as this one taking place”.

Ms Judy Walsh, Secretary of the Friends of Collins Settlement worked in conjunction with the three land managers – Mornington Peninsula Shire, Parks Victoria and the White Cliffs to Camerons Bight Foreshore Committee of Management as well as representatives of the Friends of Tuckey Track and the Collins Settlement Action Group to create a sense of continuity to the historic precinct which, over the years, has been largely developed as a residential estate. 

PICTURE DETAILS: (L-R): Nepean Ward Councillor Hugh Fraser with Richard Cotter and Judy Walsh at the launch of Sorrento’s 1803 Collins Settlement Site guide posts in early March.