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Protecting our natural environment

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Have your say on a new plan to protect biodiversity in Bayside.

Our open spaces and natural environment are some of the most popular reasons why many residents live in Bayside. 

Biodiversity contributes to our city’s liveability by ensuring a wide variety of plant and animal life in our parks, nature reserves, foreshore and other open spaces.

During consultation for the Bayside Community Plan 2025 we heard that the community wants Council to play a stronger leadership role in protecting and enhancing the local environment. Our new Biodiversity Action Plan seeks to do this.

A new plan to protect our natural environment

The draft Biodiversity Action Plan was developed by Council in conjunction with leading ecological experts and knowledgeable local volunteers/community organisations who play an active role in conserving the Bayside environment. 

Our goal is to protect the biodiversity of Bayside. The Plan brings together many of Council’s ongoing environmental conservation activities including preserving natural spaces, encouraging indigenous vegetation and protecting wildlife. It includes 54 recommended actions including:

George Street Reserve

It is proposed to make all of the Reserve an on-leash dog area. Dogs are currently permitted off-leash along the firebreak and unfenced areas. The reserve is a heathland and woodland conservation zone, providing an important refuge for native plants and wildlife. It is the only one of our seven Bayside heathland sanctuaries to currently permit dogs off-leash. The reserve is approximately 300m from Merindah Park off-leash dog park.

Ecological burns

It is proposed to increase the area of controlled burns each year from 1000m2 to 4000m2 in our bushland/heathland sanctuaries. The burns help to regenerate native vegetation which requires fire to germinate. Increasing the number of these burns will help us to more effectively reduce dominant introduced species such as coastal tea-tree and encourage our important indigenous plants.

Ricketts Point

We are proposing to review dog restrictions adjacent to the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary (Fourth Street to the Beaumaris Sea Scouts) in conjunction with Parks Victoria. The Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is a unique and special place, visited by local, regional and migrating birds, and home to abundant marine life. Our aim is to ensure a consistent approach to dog management between Parks Victoria and Council, and to enhance protection of significant biodiversity values from wildlife predation and disturbance.  The review is a high priority to occur within four years and will involve community consultation.

Have your say

Submissions on the draft Biodiversity Action Plan close 5pm, Monday 21 May 2018

View the Plan and have your say