Bass Coast,
05
March
2013
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05:15
Australia/Melbourne

Scenic Estate Works

Bass Coast Shire Council is cracking down on illegal dumping in Scenic Estate on Phillip Island in a bid to protect and preserve the important vegetation in the Estate.

Council’s Planning and Environment Director, Hannah Duncan-Jones, said the vegetation in the Estate has high environmental values and needs to be protected.

“We recently created a road so a contractor can get in and clear rubbish from the Estate,” said Ms Duncan-Jones.

“We will be installing motion detecting cameras so that we can catch people using the Estate illegally.

“This complements the work we’ve already done including increasing patrols in the Estate and putting up signs restricting access to the area,” explained Ms Duncan-Jones.

Council currently owns about 30 per cent of the properties in Scenic Estate, and is continuing to work through the issues around acquiring the remaining lots.

Council is exploring ways to promote the environmental values of the area, particularly the Ramsar Wetlands on the northern boundary. A report will come to Council in April to discuss future options for the Estate, before talking with the community about their views.

“We’d like to thank the Phillip Island community for their support in cleaning up the Estate, and we look forward to getting their views on what we can achieve there in the future,” said Ms Duncan-Jones.

For more information on these works, contact our Environment team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or email environment@basscoast.vic.gov.au.