Save Flinders Street Reserve Rye - protect natural bushland in Mornington Peninsula.
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Since European settlement over 90% of Mornington Peninsula's native vegetation has been lost. A 3 ha refuge of "very high conservation significance" bushland remains, home to the nationally significant Leafy Greenhood orchid, 18 species of birds, and 54 indigenous plant species, some listed as vulnerable or endangered. This land is in danger of subdivision for housing.
We call on Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and the State Government to save this land from development and preserve this nationally environmentally significant area.
A report prepared for the previous owners of the land, the Department of Education (DOE), in 2012 found:
The study area supports a significant remnant of native vegetation in an otherwise residential area. It has very high conservation significance according to DSE criteria including habitat for the nationally significant Leafy Greenhood.
If the Victorian State Government is to achieve its Biodiversity 2037 Plan to stop the decline of native plants and animals and improve our natural environment over the next 20 years, protecting this green open space in Rye is a great opportunity.
This land is at risk of subdivision. More houses in an already built-up area mean more traffic (1.8 cars per house) and more crowds, particularly over summer. The land is zoned “public use” and should be kept in its entirety for the public.
The Peninsula 2021 Council Plan survey of residents found we value most highly the diverse natural assets of the Peninsula and want preservation of its environment. This centrally located green space provides an area for the community to enjoy. Accessible public green space is known to increase community health and well-being. It is a resource for educating our children and tertiary students and will help meet the State Government target of encouraging Victorians to connect with, value and protect nature. (Biodiversity 2037 Plan).
We the undersigned urgently petition for the block of land at 50 Flinders St Rye to be kept in its entirety for public open space for protection of the native flora and fauna and that Mornington Peninsula Shire Council prevent any sub-division or development of the land.
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