Strattons Lane Update

Strattons Lane Project
Stratton’s Lane is a well used path between Herbert St and Tanti Ave that provides access across Tanti Creek.
This project involves planting out portions of the lawn along the lane with native grasses and forbs.  This will improve the appearance of the lane and may also act as an anti-graffiti measure.  Mulch has been delivered on the Herbert St side.  Mulching and planting will be undertaken as soon as Covid-19 measures allow.
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Mornington Kaufland Development Rejected

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

New Committee 2019

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 – morningtonea@gmail.com

For Tanti Creek and other Creek Volunteers

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. )

Fish Survey Report : Tanti Creek. From Marty Lenard.

Hi Everyone,

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!

cheers

Marty

https://morningtonenviro.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/What-is-eastern-gambusia.pdf

https://morningtonenviro.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Friends-of-tanti-creek-media-release-27021923-MFL-draft-_2_.pdf

https://morningtonenviro.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/A-fish-survey-of-Tanti-Creek-2019-Final.pdf