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GREEN WEDGE SUMMIT

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Green wedge plan comments sought MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s draft 2018 Green Wedge Management Plan is open for public comment. The draft plan aims to identify the long-term vision, objectives and actions for the sustainable use and development of green wedge-zoned areas. It also outlines key issues, opportunities and likely future pressures. The mayor Cr Bryan Payne said community responses already received showed a “high level of support for protecting our green wedge”. “We must protect and manage the green wedge to ensure it remains an area where the natural environment and biodiversity is preserved,” he said. “The green wedge is renowned for its rural charm and character. It’s an area that supports agriculture and farming, provides for tourism and outdoor recreation, and is a place where many people choose to live. The green wedge is a key aspect of the peninsula’s character and is crucial to the amenity, lifestyle and wellbeing of our residents and visitors.” Cr Payne said the plan was essential to help

Mount Martha Coastal Management Plan Mornington Peninsula Shire is developing the Mount Martha Coastal Management Plan to support the improvement and management of the Mount Martha foreshore and is inviting the community to provide input. The Plan will provide direction for the vision and future management of the Mount Martha Foreshore Reserve through strategic planning and development.

Have your say First round community consultation closes Wednesday 6 July. Online mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

The Coastal Management Plan establishes an agreement between the Victorian Government, Mornington Peninsula Shire and the community as to how the foreshore reserve will be managed. This is the first round of public community consultation. The community will have additional opportunities to provide thoughts and suggestions on this plan in the coming months.

In writing Attention: Bridie Ryan Strategic Planner – Coastal Re: Mount Martha Coastal Management Plan Mornington Peninsula Shire Private Bag 1000, Rosebud VIC 3939

council manage green wedge areas. Planning services committee chair Cr Simon Brooks sees the green wedge as “one of the shire’s most valued and distinctive assets”. “The plan seeks to identify the values and features of our green wedge, the preferred future land use, environmental and natural resources that should be protected, and the needs of the local community,” Cr Brooks said. Community submissions close 5pm, Friday 3 August. Submissions can be filled in online at mornpen.vic.gov.au/greenwedge The draft plan is also available at Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville shire offices. Drop in information sessions are being held 2-4pm and 6-7.30pm Tuesday 10 July at Mornington library, Vancouver Street; Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston-Flinders Road, Thursday 12 July, and Main Ridge Community Hall, Main Creek Road, Wednesday 18 July. Details: call 5950 1010 or email stratplanprojects@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Green wedge ‘vital’ for the future - Hunt GREEN wedge zones around Melbourne linked a healthy lifestyle with nature at a time of record population growth and high-density living, according to Flinders MP Greg Hunt who opened the Green Wedge Summit on Friday 22 June at Main Ridge Community Hall. Mr Hunt said it was vital to protect and retain the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge as a major health, conservation, agricultural, economic and recreational environment. “Given [population] forecasts ... a pro-active

For more information mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

approach is needed to manage these pressures appropriately and to ensure the scenic and natural qualities of these areas are not eroded over time. “The successful protection and management of the green wedge will depend on many partnerships and commitments from political parties, which have had bipartisan support for the retention of the peninsula’s and other green wedges for four decades, as well as local councils and government agencies both state and federal.”

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