I ❤ the Mornington Peninsula

Building catchment resilience across the heart of the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is an iconic Victorian landscape, valued for it beautiful beaches, lush green hinterlands, diverse flora and fauna, sites of cultural heritage and historic importance, geomorphological significance and productive rural land. At the urban-rural interface, the Mornington Peninsula separates Port Phillip and Western Port bays and supports a unique mixture of urban, agricultural and industrial areas and natural environments, and is one of the most visited areas for recreation and tourism in Victoria.

Since European settlement the Mornington Peninsula’s natural environment has undergone significant modification, including extensive habitat fragmentation, degradation of ecosystems, and subsequent declines and extinction of species. Although nearly one third of the original extent of native vegetation cover on the Mornington Peninsula remains, stresses associated with urban, agricultural and industrial development, challenge natural processes and threaten the resilience of land, water and biodiversity on the Peninsula.

Working across the heart of the Mornington Peninsula from Greens Bush through Arthurs Seat, this project will adopt an integrated catchment management approach to:

  • Foster collaborative partnerships between the community, public land managers, agencies and traditional owners.
  • Deliver an innovative land stewardship program that empowers landholders through education and training events as well as collaborative whole property planning process focussed on restoration of ecosystem function as well as regenerative farming and actions that improve efficiency, energy use and emissions, nitrogen and fertiliser use.
  • Improve the health and resilience of high priority waterways of Splitters, Drum Drum Alloc & Main Creeks and Tootgarook Wetland through actions implemented by the Land Stewardship Program, weed management and other environmental works undertaken by Warreen Beek Rangers on covenanted properties, weed management works on public land Mornington Peninsula Shire and complementary works undertaken by Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water.
  • Supporting Bunurong Land Council’s aspiration to work and learn on country through providing a regular flow of land management work for a Warreen Beek Ranger crew.

This project is seeking investment to support a land stewardship program focused on integrated catchment management in the heart of the Peninsula. The project will also support public land managers to deliver pest plant and animal control programs to protect and enhance native vegetation.

Warren Beek Rangers at Capel Sound (image courtesy of Trust for Nature)

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Land use
Other Themes:Sustainable agriculture, Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians, Communities, Waterways, Native vegetation, Native animals
Primary Local Area:Mornington Peninsula
Other Local Areas:
Project location:This project will work across the heart of the Mornington Peninsula from Greens Bush through Arthurs Seat to Cape Schanck and across to the Tootgarook Swamp
Scale of the project:Landscape
New or continuing work:Continuing/building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority
Key partners:Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Parks Victoria, Trust for Nature, Melbourne Water
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

Opportunities for investors within this project start from:$$$ (Hundreds of thousands of dollars)
Estimated scale of investment for full project implementation:$$$$ (Millions of dollars)
Estimated timeframe for full project implementation:2-10 years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:While urban development has expanded in the region, sufficient extent and quality of native vegetation and agriculture is retained, including in the Green Wedges, to support healthy ecosystems and agricultural industries
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Support people to take action for nature
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:Soil, biodiversity and vegetation – Projects that will protect and enhance on-farm remnant native vegetation

More information

Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority Environmental Projects Manager Corinne.Mays@ppwcma.vic.gov.au