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Plan of action to cut contamination BACTERIA and contaminants are flowing into ground and surface waters from more than 30,000 unsewered properties across the Mornington Peninsula. The problem is compounded by inadequately maintained septic tank systems. The shire is undertaking a septic monitoring program in unsewered areas, including Arthurs Seat, Red Hill and Point Leo, and looking at options to provide sewerage. The program includes electronic monitoring and barcoding of septic tank systems in high-risk areas as well as providing advice to septic system owners through the Smart Septics program. The shire’s new Domestic Wastewater Management Plan aims to prevent contamination from septic tanks along with connecting properties on the southern peninsula through South East Water’s ECO system and backlog sewerage programs. The updated plan includes a “report card” that found that the management strategies in the
shire’s 2007-14 Plan had all “been fully or substantially completed”. The mayor Cr Bev Colomb said the environmental and health benefits of sewerage connection were evident in improved water quality in coastal townships after the provision of sewerage and the high sewer connection rates in recentlysewered townships. “Through the Domestic Wastewater Management Plan, the shire will work closely with South East Water, Environment Protection Authority and other partners to increase sewer connection rates, better manage existing septic tank systems and continue to improve the health of our waterways,” she said. The 2015-18 Domestic Wastewater Management Plan is available from the shire’s website mornpen.vic.gov.au Details: Senior environmental health officer Peter O’Brien, email email@example.com. au or call 5950 1865.
Casting an eye on snapper anglers FISHERIES officers are out to make sure anglers follow snapper bag and size limits in Western Port and Port Phillip bays. Anyone caught over the limit will face $433 on-the-spot fines for each offence, have their boats seized or be banned from fishing. Fisheries Victoria executive director Travis Dowling said officers would enforce catch limits, check fishing licences and educate anglers about fishing responsibly under Operation Billit. “Snapper are an icon fish so it is important anglers fish sustainably by obeying the rules, knowing their limits and taking only what they need,” Mr Dowling said. “Officers will be undertaking patrols in uniform and plain clothes, and from marked and unmarked vessels, including jet skis, which are a new addition to the fleet this year.” Mr Dowling said boats would be checked on the water and at boat ramps. “Those concealing illegal snapper catches aboard should expect to have their vessel seized on the spot and, for serious offences, the courts can prohibit anglers from fishing altogether for periods of one year or more,” he said.
Mr Dowling said fishing sustainably for snapper meant following a few simple rules: Abide by the minimum size of 28cm and the bag limit of 10, of which only three can equal or exceed 40cm, and land snapper whole so they can be measured by officers if required. He said it was illegal to make several fishing trips in one day returning with the bag limit each time. It was illegal to shorten the length of a snapper by clipping their tails or for one angler to use more than four lines. Rules are outlined in the Recreational Fishing Guide, which is available free from most tackle stores or by downloading the free Vic Fishing app for smartphones. Fisheries officers and Maritime Safety Victoria officers will also check to make sure boats are carrying the correct safety equipment; stay clear of ships while under way; and do not anchor in shipping channels or fairways. Suspicious or illegal snapper fishing can be reported to Fisheries Victoria’s 24-hour reporting line 13FISH (133474).
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Soccer women go in search of coaches
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THE new Women’s National Premier League soccer consortium Southern United is interviewing prospective coaches and plans to announce appointees soon. Its policy is that, if a male candidate is successful, then the best female candidate will be offered an assistant-coaching role. The consortium represents one of the largest catchment areas in Victoria. It is an amalgam of Casey Comets, Mornington, Langwarrin, Seaford United and Peninsula Strikers juniors. The interim board consists of Michael Woodward (Strikers and ex-local zone representative), Rob Harrington (Strikers), Rosemary Meeds (Mornington), Dawn Stone (Casey Comets), Stuart McLeod (Casey Comets), James Honey (Langwarrin) and Willie Lynn (Seaford United). Board elections are expected to be held in
November, with the format still to be decided. Southern United will play its home games on a rotating basis at Casey Comets, Mornington and Langwarrin as they fulfil the match-day venue criteria. Training will be shared among the other consortium members. “This is the first time so many different clubs in the local area have come together to form the one club,” organiser Craig MacKenzie said. “There is great expectation throughout the Casey, Frankston and peninsula areas that it can hit the ground running in 2016 and make an immediate impact.” Southern United trial dates and venues for Southern area Under-13, 15 and 18 girls’ teams will be held 10am-noon, Saturday 24 October, Lawton Park, Barrett’s Rd, Langwarrin.
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Western Port News 20 October 2015
Western Port News 20 October 2015