Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Newsletter – November 2020

Mordialloc Creek Master Plan Update

The 2004 Master Plan was last updated in September 2012. Much of the original upgrading has been completed. In this 2012 version retention of boating and fishing activity on and around the Pompei landing is emphasised. The proposed unit development on the site is not mentioned and will add to a demand for parking. The suggestion is that Attenborough Park be used for boat owner’s parking. An item of concern is the proposal to plant an avenue of Canary Island Palms around the Hazel Pierce Reserve on Beach Road. If anyone is concerned about this please start making enquiries. This was tried once before but the four palms were removed from the site!!

Protection of Westernport Bay

Victorian National Parks Association is appealing for funds for legal and scientific expertise to challenge the weakness of AGL’s claims for a floating gas import facility in the middle of protected wetlands at Crib Point .The entire Westernport Bay is a Ramsar listed wetland. The north arm of the Bay attracts 50,000 waterbirds and this is where AGL is proposing to discharge 47 kilograms of chlorine into the bay each day, if it is not stopped. Even AGL admits that this will exceed safe levels for marine life.

Oysters on the Pier

It seems the experiment to create artificial reefs around Port Phillip Bay to encourage oysters to grow for non-commercial purposes is successful. A recent report mentioned oysters are growing on Mordialloc Pier and on the existing reef to the south of the pier. Will the oysters be affected by the contamination coming out of Mordialloc Creek? Should there be a sign at the mouth of the creek warning the fishermen on the pier not eat the fish or oysters???

Old Peppercorn Trees Near Mordialloc Station

The old peppercorn trees are being removed. They provided shade and perhaps should have been heritage listed. Also every tree except one straggler has been cleared from a 70 year old solid brick housing block in Epsom Road. Magpies and other birds have been deprived of nesting places as is usual while destruction of liveable housing in the suburbs continues. The loss of greenery will mean that summer heat for the new home owners could be an issue. Five two storey units will be erected on the site with an underground car park.

Bay Trail

Te bay Trail is nearing completion with work beginning on the Peter Scullin Reserve section of the path. A bicycle path is also being constructed in Station Street running alongside the rail line. This is being built by LXRP as part of the removal of crossings. There is already the Long Beach Trail from Mordialloc Creek to Patterson River Carrum. This path runs alongside the Centre Swamp Drain bypassing Aspendale Gardens, Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands and Bonbeach.

Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League Inc.

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