The SCA Committee of Management has been managing six priority projects, after submission to the Shire in 2013. An additional Historical Signage project is also being managed jointly with the Flinders District Historical Society. Scroll down to see how the projects are progressing.
The Common - March 2017
Shoreham Community Information Session - 12 March 2017
Sunday, 12th March saw the “Community Information Session” – the third in a series of community events in the Shoreham Community Place-Making Project. The highlight was a series of draft conceptual plans derived from a landscape framework developed and explained at length in situ by local Landscape Architect Sally Prideaux. The framework was developed by extending from the existing conditions using well-articulated design principles including enhancing village beauty and the preservation of heritage whilst respecting our distinctive rural coastal village character. The plans also detailed shorter-term priority works able to be fulfilled within the existing budget.
The SCA has since written to Sally Prideaux to thank her for her outstanding (pro bono!) work on developing these concepts to the point that the community could provide comment. These were posted up around the meeting point (the Tennis Club’s rooms) for attendees to scrutinise prior to each zone being discussed in detail via a “walk-through” of the park. 54 members of the community registered on the day. While some people had objections, the majority was clearly in favour of the concepts presented.
Since then, our groups have worked with the Shire to raise orders for priority works for inclusion in this year’s budget. These include removal of the road adjacent to the hall and children’s playground, cleaning up woody weeds on the eastern side of the park and, also, development of a winding path on that side. Vegetation works are in progress for the Avenue of Honour and on the Northern verge of Byrnes Road with a mown path and canopy creation of substantial trees. A kick-about active lawn play area will be defined on the Eastern side.
Work commencing on the old school hall caused a late-breaking change of venue. Our thanks go to the Shoreham Tennis Club for kindly allowing us to use its Clubrooms. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
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The Old School Hall - May 2017
The Shire's Old Shoreham School Hall Reference Group has a broad advisory role concerned with maintenance and usage of the Hall. A wide range of community groups use the Hall for meetings, social events and classes. The Flinders District Historical Society has special tenancy of two rooms for its records and library. Membership is open to any interested Shoreham resident and any person interested in attending meetings is welcome to participate.
If you have a suggestion or recommendation to raise with the Hall Reference Group please contact Alan at email@example.com or mobile 0467 776 854. Other Shoreham residents who are part of the Group are Steve Dolman, Ann and John Lorkin and Linda Patrick – Ann and Linda represent the Flinders District Historical Society. David Maddocks, President of Manton & Stony Creeks Landcare Group, and Chair of the Red Hill Ward Consultative Group, is also a member.
Restoration of the Old School Hall
Works on foundation repairs, fixing cracks in the walls and drainage improvements at the old school hall were completed on time in mid May - with additional internal painting also being carried out.
The scope of work for the hall repairs included foundation repairs and fixing of the cracks in the walls along with guttering and drainage improvements. It also included installation of a ramp compliant with relevant Australian disability standards and replacement of hard concrete paving with permeable paths like those on the western side of the building.
There were some issues that Council and the builder are dealing with :
- When some of the furniture items were removed it was found that a small section of the floor had collapsed. That has now been repaired.
- Some rooms badly needed repainting. The MPS Maintenance group took the opportunity to paint the hall internals while the furniture was out of the building.
For information contact: Alan Fisher on 0467 776 854.
Shire Staff relating to the Hall
The Mornington Peninsula Shire team responsible, in particular, for the Hall renovation works, together with the maintenance of the Hall building, condition of floors, furniture etc. include: Heath Gillett, Facilities Operations Leader - Foreshore Camping, Halls and PCT - Heath.Gillett@mornpen.vic.gov.au, Mark Grainger Mark.Grainger@mornpen.vic.gov.au For bookings phone: 5950 1150
Shoreham Triangle - update December 2016
In November 2016, the Green Army came to the Shoreham Triangle to help build a walking path to encourage visitors to view what has happened since replanting took place in 2010.
In 2009 this area at the rear of the CFA station was cleared of over 100 pine treesto minimise fire risk. A community consultation process was undertaken to guage what local people wanted to see in "The Triangle" as it came to be known. It was decided to replant with fire resistant or retardent locally indigenous species as far as possible. The replanting of appropriate shrubs, trees and grasses was undertaken by community volunteers. The initial clearing, mulching and supply of plants was undertaken by the Shire. Additional plantings and maintenance by community volunteers with Shire support has been ongoing.
This has been a joint project between the Shoreham Community Association, Shoreham CFA and Mornington Peninsula Shire. We thank all the community members who have contributed to this project over the past 8 years and the Shire for their continued commitment.
This project aims to provide trails to be shared by walkers and cyclists between the local communities of Shoreham, Point Leo and Red Hill. Shared trails have been widely developed on the Port Phillip side of the Peninsula and the Northern Westernport area. This project seeks to ensure that Southern Westernport communities get to enjoy the same level of amenity as their Port Phillip Bay Peninsula neighbours.
In July 2015, the Mornington Peninsula Shire provided a Placemaking Grant of $3020 to the Shoreham Community Association, together with the Point Leo Foreshore Park and Reserve Committee of Management, to facilitate a scoping study for the proposed shared trail that would link Shoreham and Point Leo. A civil engineer has been engaged for this project and has conducted two inspections in the area prior to undertaking a survey. The area is badly weed infested and in most places impenetrable but does contain some important stands of banksias as well as other significant indigenous species.
Under the Australian Walking Track Grading System, walking trails are graded on a difficulty scale from grades one to five. The engineer has advised that the proposed trail will fall within Grade 3 ie one that is recommended for people with some bushwalking experience. It is not, unfortunately, a trail that will be wheelchair friendly. It is proposed that the trail be comprised of a narrow mown grass track that follows the natural contours of the topography in order to minimise disturbance. There will be no steps, something that will facilitate use by prams, bikes and the differing fitness levels of users.
The trail will be some way from the beach and dunes, the intervening distance providing a natural barrier to prevent possible erosion should users move away from the designated track. In the unlikely event this does occur, fencing may be needed. As far as possible, the trail will be planned to engage with significant stands of Banksias and other native bush to provide interest for users. The aim is to complete the project at minimal cost, construction being carried out primarily by employees of Point Leo Foreshore Reserve.
Public consultation will occur once a more concrete idea of the trail's route is known. If both communities support the project, complex permit applications will be undertaken with the Shire and other relevant authorities. The time frame for this jointly coordinated project is potentially 2 years.
Lee Collins/ Convenor
Rob Patrick/ Community Member
Shoreham Roadside Verges - March 2017
This Project has focussed on work with Mornington Peninsula Shire and VicRoads to improve, in particular, the north and south entrances to Shoreham at the Byrnes Road / Frankston-Flinders Road intersections. As many know, the SCA Committee has wished to improve the sight and condition of the verges for a number of years. There has been some significant weed control at the northern intersection thanks to spraying by the Shire and Rod McKillop has contributed an amazing effort on the southern entrance alongside Stony Creek where he has carefully manicured an area between the Frankston-Flinders and Byrnes Roads.
Woody Weed Removal at Byrnes Road
As you enter Byrnes Road at the northern end from Frankston-Flinders Road, we hope you are pleasantly surprised to see the view across the landscape towards Flinders. Mornington Peninsula Council’s Natural Systems Unit carried out the work removing woody weeds including small radiata pines and the dead lower branches of larger trees. SCA has been in regular contact with Council regarding assistance in weed removal. It was fortunate after consultation with Council representatives that money from the Fire Protection Program was made available for this project. We are also pleased that weed removal will continue along Byrnes Road down to the CFA entrance.The next stage will be to monitor any weeds that find their way into the sunlight and eventually to plant low understorey indigenous species as cover. For information contact: Sue Boggan on 0404 180 957.
Council Contractors carried out a program of tree pruning Shoreham roads last year. This program is to occur every five years. Community concerns as to how some trees were treated have been discussed with relevant Council representatives. Safety factors (eg road safety and emergency vehicle access) drive decisions to prune or remove tree limbs. As we wish to retain the canopy along Shoreham roadsides, our communication with Council is important in how we work together to achieve this in future.
To prevent further tree damage and/or loss, we suggest you all care for the road verge outside your property. Prune back any dead overhanging branches. Also, please remove weeds. Polygala and Blackberry love Shoreham roadsides and gardens! For any plantings, please select lower understorey plants - for example native grasses, Dianellas, Fringe Lilies, Purple Flag and Bent Goodenia. To obtain appropriate indigenous plants, we suggest:
- Kareela Native Nursery, next to the Bittern Garage, which has local indigenous plants and helpful staff. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings.
- The Council Nursery at the Briars.
Your help and contributions to the Shoreham environment is appreciated. For any information regarding weeds and vegetation and if you are interested in assisting in roadside projects please contact: Sue Boggan 0404 180 957.
Howard Street Walking Track
Howard Street connects “old” and “new” Shoreham. Residents who enjoy walking through Shoreham along Howard Street will be well aware of the blackberries and other weeds that abound there.
Whilst we have held working bees in the past, weed removal along the track is a large undertaking. Given the track runs along a stream and the land is the Council’s responsibility, SCA representatives arranged to meet with Council officers on-site.
We are pleased to inform you that the track qualifies for a ‘Corridors of Green Grant.’ The Natural Systems Team of MPSC will be following up the process to obtain a grant to remove the weeds. This will enable plant regeneration and improved habitat for birds and fauna that hide within the area as well as making it a more enjoyable place to walk.
For information contact: Sue Boggan on 0404 180 957.
Historical Signage Project
The successful historical signage erected at Flinders by the Flinders District Historical Society (FDHS) prompted the formation of a sub-committee of SCA to look into the possibility of erecting historical signage in Shoreham. Comprised of Committee Members from the FDHS and SCA this sub-committee has been successful in obtaining a $5,000 grant from the Shire to design educative signs bearing information about the key people, buildings, sites and events in the history of Shoreham.
An architect has proposed a conceptual design for the signage and wording for the historical displays has been drafted. The Common is the logical place for the signage to be installed.
Community input on the proposals and actual installation of the signage will need to be coordinated with the Placemaking project given that they will be installed on the same site.