Welcome to the Shoreham Community web-site which has been created to give the community a voice and to facilitate communication. It's a place to share ideas, information, skills, resources - a place to find out what's going on in the community - clubs, societies, special interest groups, events, anything that Shoreham residents and visitors might enjoy or find of interest.
It is an initiative of the Shoreham Community Association Inc. (SCA), managed by SCA volunteers with all cost burdens being met by SCA membership fees. We are keen to create an active and informed community. Find out how you can become a member here. Your support is important.
More information about the SCA can be found under the 'Community' menu here - including members of the committee, meeting dates and minutes of meetings.
Scroll down the page for our contact details.
Climate Emergency !
Many of us were quite shocked to learn of the potential impacts to our beaches and to properties at the end of Beach and Cliff Roads revealed in the Shire’s Coastal Villages Strategy. This brings home the global problem very much at the local level.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council unanimously declared a “Climate Emergency”, calling for immediate and urgent action to reverse global warming, on 13th August 2019. For more information about the Climate Emergency, please visit the shire website at: https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Your-Property/Environment/Climate-Change/Climate-Emergency .
The Shire is currently preparing the Climate Emergency Action Plan and is now seeking community feedback. The Shire has developed a survey to help understand what the community knows about the Climate Emergency and what we can all do to adapt and mitigate climate risks. You can participate in the short ‘have your say’ survey here. The survey closes on Friday, 1st November.
The Shire is also seeking expressions of interest from all residents and community groups to be part of direct consultation. If you or your group wish be involved, please email email@example.com with your name, email, phone number, any group that you represent, and a short summary of your interest in the area. The SCA has registered so that we can keep our members informed.
CFA Guide to Property Preparation
Rob Patrick, Community Safety Co-ordinator for the Shoreham Rural Fire Brigade, has placed some copies of Your Guide to Property Preparation in the box below the CFA Noticeboard at the Post Office. Rob has asked us to inform Shoreham residents that they are welcome to take a copy.
Alternatively, you can download an on-line version here.
Some residents may also like a Property Advice Visit - if so, please ring Rob on 0408 429 944.
POSTAL SERVICES - SHOREHAM - Your Address
With the current uncertainty as to what form our postal services will continue operating under, the Shoreham Community Association (SCA) recommends you review your mailing address with correspondents who directly mail to you – for example, friends, your bank, utilities, subscriptions etc .
This is because an Australia Post requirement for its Post Office Box service is that mail must be addressed to the Mail Box number. Street addresses are not acceptable. This is nothing new - it has always been the case - but until now, we have enjoyed some latitude through the goodwill of Colin Fairlie, our Postie .
Australia Post is currently working towards continuing the existing postal service in Shoreham – however, it may transpire that there may need to be some changes. In any event, the above addressing requirements apply to all mail you receive in your Post Office Box .
Although Colin officially ceases operating the Post Office on the 29th November, a Postal Service must continue in one form or another. While the SCA cannot assist Australia Post in the resolution of the matter, we will endeavour to keep the Shoreham Community informed.
Car Parking opposite the 87 Byrnes Road Development
Work on developing the new car parking opposite the 87 Byrnes Road development commenced on 19th September.
Please see our parking project page for more details.
Post Office News
Sadly, Colin Fairlie is relinquishing his licence to operate the Shoreham Post Office, effective on 30th November, due to ill health.
We’re sure the people of Shoreham wish him well for the future and thank him for his years of service to the community.
Australia Post actively seeks a new operator for Shoreham. This is the text of a notice Australia Post taped to the door of the Post Office on 28th August:
Changes to postal services in Shoreham
The owner of the Shoreham Licensed Post Office has notified Australia Post of their intention to cease operating the outlet from 5:00pm on Friday 29 November 2019.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Colin for his service to the Shoreham community.
Australia Post are committed to retaining a presence in Shoreham and are now seeking expressions of interest to take on the provision of postal services to the Shoreham community.
Your premises would need to have an area suitable for Australia Post’s operations including a counter and secure and sufficient space to accommodate the receipt and distribution of mail.
If you are interested in taking on the provision of postal services to the community, please contact Jenny Didulo directly on 0418 590 124.
We apologise for any inconvenience this change may cause and will keep residents updated on progress.
Buruli Ulcer on the Mornington Peninsula
UPDATE: 1/11/2019 - news reports suggest cases of Buruli have been found at two new locations - Belmont (Geelong) and Aireys Inlet.
People have had concerns with the Buruli Ulcer on the Mornington Peninsula for several years. It first appeared on our side of Port Phillip Bay in 2012. The level of concern was raised significantly after an article, published in The Age of the 13th July, described plans for a study involving "fogging" and residual spraying of the Peninsula as an experiment to help determine whether mosquitoes are a vector for the spread of the disease. Other suspects are possums and contact with infected soil.
Fogging consists of an insect spray, misted from the back of a truck. Residual spraying settles on vegetation and can kill mosquitoes for weeks. Larviciding (killing mosquito larvae) is also proposed – by dropping methoprene blocks into waterways.
These measures raise environmental concerns – especially as the spray poisons also kill bees and fish. According to the Mornington Peninsula News (22/7/2019), Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, David Gill, wants the State Government to order a “full environmental impact assessment” before launching the Buruli study program.
This publication from the Health Department answers common questions about the study. You can also visit the department’s web-site here. This map, excerpted from the web-site, shows that Shoreham is not in a high-risk area:
However, we should not be complacent – The Age article implies that one foolish and cruel Blairgowrie resident has trapped 30 possums and released them in the Red Hill area…
For further information, a public meeting has been called at the Rye Community Hall 2.00pm - 4.00pm on Saturday, 10th August. We understand that Chris Brayne (State MP), Greg Hunt (Federal MP) and Gidja Walker (local conservationist and disease victim) have been invited to speak.
It’s controversial of course, but some researchers are calling for no-dog zones to replace on-leash areas in close proximity to native animals - such as our beaches where beach-nesting birds breed.
For further details, please click here for a link to a recent ABC article on the subject.
Neighbourhood Character Study & Western Port Coastal Villages Strategy
The opportunity for you to have your say on Mornington Peninsula Council’s draft reports on these subjects closed on 7th July, 2019.
The proposed adoption of the draft Neighbourhood Character Study and Design Guidelines & draft Western Port Coastal Villages Strategy will be discussed at the MPS Planning Services Committee meeting at 7pm on 14 October, 2019.
To learn more, please visit our Coastal Villages Strategy page.
The SCA has recently been advised by Council that the following projects have been included in the 2019/2020 adopted budget following much lobbying from the SCA:
Shoreham Coastal Village Drainage Plan ($50,000) - Project 1071
the Shoreham Common Placemaking Project, Stage 2. ($40,000) - Project 72.
For further information - please click here.
SCA Project Updates
Recent State and Local government planning changes have become rather a hot topic with impacts possible on our Village Character and the Green Wedges. For the details, please click here.
Give us feedback, make suggestions, promote local events and activities, and share information about the local area.
Mail: The Secretary, Shoreham Community Association Inc., PO Box 73, Shoreham VIC 3916
Telephone: Alan Fisher, SCA President, Mobile: 0467 776 854 or Kathryn Shain, Secretary, Mobile: 0457 203 630
Website: To contribute to content or to give feedback on the website please contact the Website Administrator via email.