The League has received from the DVA a half yearly report on the water quality of creeks in the catchment area. The report does not show readings for heavy metals. We also have a report on the heavy metal content of samples taken from the island in Mordialloc creek. The DVA monitoring committee have completed a draft report on Mordialloc Creek. This is to be sent to the Minister for Conservation.
Parkdale Foreshore Erosion Control
Work has commenced on this section of the foreshore. Plans have been provided for comment. Work so far confirms our feeling that the use of sleepers with timber upright supports and planting with salt resistant vegetation would have been more successful as a means of erosion control. There is a strong possibility that the cliff face will be washed away in heavy storms as the beach offers no protection.
Mordialloc & Environs Development
Plans have been provided by Council for comment/objections from M-B.C.L. The toilet block/fish sales proposal was approved and Council has accepted the League’s suggestion that the colours for the playground equipment should blend with the environment. Blue, yellow and green have been chosen rather than black & purple!
Parkdale / Mentone Foreshore
Will there be any supervision or community involvement during the works on this section of the foreshore especially when grading of the cliffs takes place?
The question of the fences along the foreshore is a delicate issue which also require community consultation. A letter to the City Engineer may clarify these issues.
Any restoration work on the Mentone foreshore at Naples Road should ensure that elevated views to Port Phillip Bay are maintained, that the existing shelter be retained until proposed vegetation in Section 5 grows sufficiently to provide shelter. and that the ugly concrete steps be removed as soon as possible.
Mordialloc Creek / Beach Pollution
Concern expressed that regular reports on pollution levels are no longer available to the community since the EPA & MMBW have taken over the monitoring role of the creek water. League to write to the monitoring committee requesting information about the frequency of tests of creek water, and the availability of the results.
In answer to the DVA’s request for suggestions for the proposed development of the wetlands, write to support the concept and urge the planting of species of vegetation indigenous to the locality ie. Malelucas (Swamp paperbark)