On 3 October, 2019, the President, Margaret Howden, presented her report for 2018 – 2019.
To read the report, please click this link.
The proposed Kaufland Development cited below, has been rejected by the Victorian Government.
Mr Richard Wynne, the Victorian Planning Minister, announced this in August 2019
Link for Media Release Proposed Kaufland Development at Bata Site Mornington. Please See P.12 of the Mornington News newspaper !
Panel members of the Advisory Committee: (cvs. Available on line)
Kathy Mitchell (Chair) ;Rodger Eade (Deputy Chair); William O’Neil (Deputy Chair);
Suzanne Barker; Kate Partenio
This information is on the Planning.vic.gov.au/panels/ site.
Re 1158 Nepean Highway, Mornington
At the Annual General Meeting on 3 October 2019, the following people were elected.
President Margaret Howden
Vice President Ann Robb
Secretary Jill McIver
Treasurer Martin Lenard
Contact details for the Secretary …
Telephone number – 0414 916 689 – email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wastewater Management Officer
The Mornington Peninsula Shire has a Management Officer to deal with issues of Waste Water which can end up in creeks such as Tanti Creek.
Wastewater Management Officer : Telephone number – 5950 1000.
( This message is repeated on the Tanti Creek Friend’s page under Friends
Groups via the navigation bar above. )
Please click on link below …
Please find attached a fish survey report from Streamline Research. The survey was kindly funded by Australian Unity Healthcare Property Trust (owner of the Beleura Private Hospital – refer attached press release for background).
My take on the key outcomes are as follows:
1. Good News: despite our concerns about on-going erosion and siltation impacts on Tanti Creek (refer to original press release), we have not lost any of the previously recorded species. Streamline Research concluded that anecdotal evidence of diminishing fish populations is most likely due to limited “invitation” flows of water during the past couple of spring migratory periods (all the recorded native species are migratory and need higher flows of water to get upstream from the bay past in-stream barriers).
Take Out: If “invitation” flows are becoming more erratic we may need to remove some of the remaining in-stream barriers so fish can migrate during smaller rain events. It may be no coincidence that the school of young Common Galaxia caught at Marchington bridge was immediately downstream of a barrier.
2. Not So Good News: a feral fish species – Eastern gambusia – was recorded in Tanti Creek for the first time. Gambusia was introduced to Australia in 1925 to control mosquitoes. But they are aggressive predators, prolific breeders and have a high tolerance for poor water quality. There are minimal effective control options. The best approach is to ensure a healthy creek habitat so native fish can be more resilient against the impacts of Gambusia.
Take-out: Peninsula residents must ensure no alien fish are released into local waterways
3. Bad News: Streamline Research elected not to sample one site (in the headwaters of the creek) due to water contamination (refer to photo in report). The pollution was coming from the Tanti Creek stormwater pipe that drains water from the light industrial/commercial area between Watts Rd and the Mornington-Tyabb Rd.
Take-out: households and businesses must take all precautions to ensure polluted water does not enter our stormwater system. Streamline Research advised that one bad pollution event can wipe out the entire fish population in a creek.
I’ve also attached a copy of a brochure on Eastern Gambusia for your information.
Now when you see a fish in the creek you will be able to identify it! A tip: the Eastern Gambusia often hang around at the surface looking like tadpoles!
Above: Pictures from Mills Beach Working Bee Sunday 24 June
Above: Picture from Tanti Creek Working Bee Tuesday 26 June
Peninsula Speaks is dedicated to preserving the Mornington Peninsula.
The following link leads to the Peninsula Speaks website which, in turn, gives a link to the current Newsletter.
Link to website
Mornington: “Daily walk sparks call for bag ban”
Queensland is going to go Plastic Bag Free. Lightweight bags are already banned in SA, NT, ACT, Tas.
This news item is a Clean Up Australia Day article. MPNG 28 Feb 2017
See link below.
The link below gives access to this item on a page of the Tangaroa Blue site of the Australian Marine Debris organisation.
A detailed report on the Tanti Creek, Mornington by Martin Lenard. The report includes photographs, satellite images and graphs. The report can be viewed or downloaded via the link below. Marty’s contact details are in the Tanti Creek page. (Friends Groups / Tanti Creek Friends).
Link to report