Shoreham Bushland and Road Reserves Working Group
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council's Natural Systems Unit has been most supportive of projects we have undertaken in Shoreham and is working with the SCA to achieve greater outcomes:
- The Triangle behind the CFA has become a wonderful habitat for our wildlife. We thank the Shire for its donation of plants which allowed us to create this environment.
- Removal of Woody Weeds along Byrnes Road has opened up the landscape and views towards Flinders as well as reducing the fire hazards.
- More recently we have planted grasses and manna gums in the lower region of Byrnes Road and will be planting again later in the year.
- Much work by helping hands to remove the blackberries and weeds at Howard Street has opened up the walking track and a hidden fern gully. It has become a more interesting place to walk. We will rest it for the next months and are keen to see what new species may appear.
- The Fire Management Team has responded to residents’ concerns relating to the under-storey along Prout Web Road and has been cleaning up weeds in this area. We will be kept informed of further works in the area.
Regular Working Bees
The Natural Systems Unit continues to work with the Shoreham Community and to support our regular monthly working bees:
- We need dedicated folks, who volunteer their time, to help protect and enhance our environment.
- Given you have chosen to live in Shoreham - no doubt likely to be because of its green and pleasant environment - would you consider giving some time to helping at one of the working bees please? It is also a great opportunity to meet and connect with other like-minded Shoreham people.
- The Bushland/ Road Reserve Group will be working at the Buxton Reserve for the next month or so. Following that work, we'll resume work on the Howard Street Walking Track (to be confirmed).
Working Bee Dates & Times
All working bees run from 9:30 until 12:00 noon.
Buxton Reserve: meeting at creek where Blake Street / Buxton Lane connect:
- Saturday, 28th July
- Saturday, 11th August
- Saturday, 29th September
Howard Street Walking Track (to be confirmed):
- Sunday, 28th October
- Sunday, 25th November
The Council supplies all tools. Please bring your own gloves and water. Best to dress for the weather - wear a hat, long sleeved shirts, long pants and boots.
Weed of the Month - Cape Ivy
To help identify weed species, we select a weed each month with suggestions on how to remove or otherwise treat it. Please refer to the Shire's web-site at https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Your-Property/Environment/Flora-Fauna-Biodiversity/Environmental-Noxious-Weeds for more information on weeds generally.
Cape Ivy (Delairea odorata)
- Cape Ivy comes to us from South Africa. It is a vigorous climbing and creeping plant whose leaves' shape resembles that of English Ivy.
- Its leaves are light green - with green and sometimes purple stems that have a strong limey smell when crushed. Old stems become a woody brown.
- The plant will smother shrubs and trees and will also cover the ground intensively - preventing good plants from germinating and growing. The plant has been grown as an indoor ornamental and is now a significant pest here and in places like New Zealand and California.
- It has clusters of bright yellow flowers in Autumn/Winter–making it more conspicuous and easier to find. It drops seed in Spring – making the winter months a good time to try to get rid of it. It will also propagate from stem pieces that are left in contact with moist soil or left behind when stems break while being collected.
- It is usually easy to pull up - you need to find its main source. If you cannot pull up the main stem, cut and paint with Glyphosate (eg Roundup).
Road Side Plantings and Maintenance
Council conducts a road side tree pruning programme every five years for safety purposes. Many in the community have been surprised by how drastic that can be.
Whilst we do our best to work with Council regarding the manner of tree pruning and removal, your assistance would be appreciated:
- We encourage everyone to maintain their own road frontage. Plantings need to be low. This should prevent Council contractors from unexpectedly removing trees and lower limbs overhanging the road.
- We suggest plants such as the various grasses, sedges and tussock grass. The Shire Nursery at the Briars can advise.
- Removal of weeds would also be a great help- especially periwinkle, morning glory, agapanthus and polygala.
For further information regarding our roads and bushland reserves and any concerns you wish to raise, please contact: Sue Boggan on 0404 180 957.