League members were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Bob Wilcock, in April. Bob joined the League in 1973 and was President during that period. He strongly supported the environmental issues in which the League was involved over the years and was also a delegate to the Port Phillip Conservation Council. We greatly appreciated his interest and support during his time with the League.
Our sympathy is extended to Pam, Mark and Scott.
A new car park and a $65,000 architect designed bird hide are additional features of the park. Melbourne Water personnel will maintain Edithvale Wetlands. The team will work seven days a week.
R. Pearson prepared a comprehensive submission to present to Mordialloc Council in support of the BIOSIS Report. The report recommended increasing funding and manpower in order to achieve maximum benefit from this Heritage park.
Parkdale Foreshore Erosion Control
R. Pearson, F. Rimington & M. Rimington inspected the foreshore with the Acting City Engineer prior to further erosion control work commencing on the foreshore,. The aim was to ensure that small indigenous plants be preserved. However due to the dumping of “foreign” soil on the cliff tops, most of the small plants have been covered and unless they are being propagated elsewhere, have been lost. Grading has also covered most of the rocks.
Due to objections from the Port Phillip Conservation Council, the Department of Conservation & Environment, MBCL & RPAC, pony rides will not be permitted on the Peter Scullin Reserve. Work is to commence on re-vegetation of the sand dunes between Epsom Road and Bay Street. The Lions Club have renovated the Band Rotunda. The light in front of the Nicholson shed has not been shortened nor the wires put under ground. Two further poles have to be removed.
John Scholes has sent the results of E-coli testing to the League for our information. The wetlands concept along Mordialloc Main Drain is under threat from a proposed theme fun park development. Mordialloc and Chelsea Council have made Springvale Council aware of their concern.
Guest Speaker – Glen Agnew
Glen Agnew showed slides of his diving research work on the Horse Paddock Reef. This work involves the use of underwater photography, sediment traps, observing dye movement as it moved towards Mordialloc Lifesaving Club. Glen is receiving co-operation from the EPA, PMA and MSL in his study of algae blooms.
Coast & Creek Booklet
If possible could members come to the June meeting with heaps of ideas for updating the Coast & Creek booklet. Now that funding is available we need to get the project moving.