Sunshine Reserve scrubs up with new bridge
Published on 10 October 2018
South East Water has recently replaced the old timber pedestrian bridge (now known as Stiles Bridge) at Sunshine Reserve in Mount Martha with a new, galvanised steel bridge for the community to enjoy.
Community members who use the reserve now have safe access across Sunshine Creek.
As part of the project, South East Water replaced the sewer mains at both the Stiles Bridge creek and Hearn Road crossings to ensure the community in the area will have reliable water and sewerage services into the future.
To commemorate the new bridge, volunteers from across South East Water, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Sunshine Reserve Conservation and Fireguard Group joined forces this month to plant over 800 indigenous plants in the reserve.
South East Water’s Environment, Engagement and Approvals Manager, Scott Collins, said it was great to work together with council and the local community group to enhance the biodiversity of the reserve.
“Revegetating public areas after construction projects are completed is also a great way for us to contribute to the local community,” said Mr Collins.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said the Shire jumped at the opportunity to improve access and overall visitor experience at the reserve.
“This was a great chance to work together with South East Water and the community to continue our efforts to protect and enhance the Peninsula’s biodiversity and coastal experience.”
Sunshine Reserve is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including over 75 species of bird, and has been a drainage reserve since the 1830s.