Defining the Extent of Tootgarook Wetland 2019

The Extent of Tootgarook Wetland, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, 21 May 2019, prepared by environmental consulting firm Biosis, seeks to determine the boundary of the current Wetland, define a buffer zone with buffer guidelines and prepare a Wetland buffer management strategy. The report also seeks to review the conditions and boundary of the existing Environmental Significance Overlay schedule 30 (ESO30) and recommend amendments (e.g. additions, modifications and/or removals) to its provisions where it overlaps with other ESOs.

The review of ESO30 is a recommended high-priority action in the adopted Tootgarook Wetland Management Plan 2018 that stems from the advice of the Panel who presided over the amendment which inserted the overlay into the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme. As per the Panel's advice, Council is required to undertake a comprehensive review of all the planning controls affecting the Tootgarook Wetland area with a view to simplify them, particularly the ESOs, significantly.

The map below is an extract from the report (page 114) that shows the current Wetland extent, the proposed buffer zone, the existing ESO30 and the proposed new ESO to replace ESO30:

Map-5-Current-Tootgarook-Wetland-Extent-and-Buffer-Zone.jpg 

Key Recommendations

Recommendations relating to the Planning Scheme comprise the following:

  • A new ESO to be applied to the current Wetland extent and proposed buffer zone. This new overlay will consolidate and rationalise the content currently in ESO14, ESO18, ESO19 and ESO30 by
    • Deleting ESO30 completely; and
    • Deleting those parts of ESO14, ESO18 and ESO19 that overlap the mapping with the new ESO.
  • Consider a further review of any 'unrelated' provisions in ESO14 and ESO19 to determine whether another rationale (e.g. visual landscape values) exists for retaining such controls.
  • List the Wetland Report as a Background document in Clause 72.08 of the Planning Scheme.

Recommendations relating to non-statutory management measures comprise the following:

  • In consultation with the relevant Catchment Management Authority and other community-based organisations such as Landcare, develop specific management guidelines for the Poa Grasslands that seek to
    • Avoid and discourage grazing; and
    • Encourage appropriate revegatation and rehabilitation in these locations.
  • Address the threat relating to the importation of geological and biological materials through good environmental management guidance, which could be included as a permit condition if a permit is required. Otherwise, such guidance should be prepared in consultation with Melbourne Water, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and any local land managers to provide advice on best practice techniques for landowners.
  • In consultation with Melbourne Water and local land managers, develop relevant landscape guidelines that seek to encourage appropriate planting of local species and genetic provenances in terms of both visual impacts and species selection as a reference that can be used in future developments. 

Download the Report

Extent of Tootgarook Wetland, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, 21 May 2019(PDF, 31MB)

Further information

Phone: 5950 1010

Email: strategic.planning.projects@mornpen.vic.gov.au