Have your say: Shire’s Biodiversity Conservation Plan

Published on 09 January 2019

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Mornington Peninsula Shire is seeking public feedback on a new plan to help manage, protect and enhance biodiversity on the Peninsula.

The draft Biodiversity Conservation Plan establishes strategies and actions to help achieve best practice environmental stewardship and draws on the Shire’s State of Biodiversity Report.

The report details data from scientific, government and community sources - essential reading for anyone interested in the Peninsula’s natural environment.

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “our community has told us natural assets are the most important feature of the Peninsula.

“With over 200 kilometres of coast, 440 kilometres of creeks, 400 species of indigenous fauna and nearly 700 species of indigenous plants, the diverse environments of the Peninsula need protection to remain resilient and healthy.

“Biodiversity also plays a key role in our health and wellbeing.

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

Mornington Peninsula Shire is fortunate to have nearly 60 Friends Groups working in collaboration with its Bushland Management Team.

Together with the Shire, these groups ran 380 working bees across 60 reserves during 2017-2018.
At these working bees, volunteers contributed over 4,800 hours, undertaking 96 hectares of environmental weed control and planting 9,500 local native plants.

Friends Groups also provide a platform for other environmental opportunities besides working bees, including Clean-Up Australia Day, National Tree Planting events and being involved in Citizen Science projects.

Have your say
Online

You can complete a submission online by 5pm, Wednesday 20 February at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

In person
Attend a Community Drop In Session

Thursday 7 February 2019, 10 - 11.30am
Rosebud Customer Service Centre

Friday 8 February 2019, 10 - 11.30am
Hastings Customer Service Centre

Saturday 9 February 2019, 9:30 - 11am
The Briars Visitor Centre

Monday 11 February 2019, 2.30 - 4pm
Mornington Customer Service Centre

Alternatively, complete a hard copy at any Mornington Peninsula Shire customer service office.

Email: 
Email your submission to: haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au with the subject line ‘Biodiversity Conservation Plan’.

Post:
Attention: Natural Systems Team
Re: Biodiversity Conservation Plan
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Private Bag 1000
Rosebud, Victoria, 3939