In 2007 CPRRA successfully delivered a project to meet the objective to “… treat water … Weeds and rubbish will be removed… Broken pipes will be repaired and the creeks will be revegetated to restore the natural filtration of stormwater flowing onto the beach. This project will treat water from a catchment area of 100 hectares. “
Funding for the project came from a $40K Federal govt Community Water Grant and delivered about $185K value when in-kind contributions from community volunteers and the Council are factored in.
Project participants – in addition to the community volunteers – included, in alphabetical order: Bass Coast Shire Council, Cape Paterson Residents & Ratepayers Assoc and Wonthaggi Seedbank.
Three key problems:
- FLOODING – Severe flooding occurs by the overflow of water at the entrance to the pit at the lower carpark.
- WATER QUALITY – Much of the water that flows into Brown’s Bay contains nutrients and contaminants that can have a disastrous effect on the ecology of the marine environment.
- VEGETATION – The pine trees, mirror bush and other weeds have taken over and the natural indigenous plants have disappeared.
A five phase plan was implemented:
- PHASE 1: Planning stage
- Identification of focus
- Engagement of experts
- Application for relevant permits
- PHASE 2: Clearing of weeds
- Working Bee to clear mirror bush and weeds
- Mulching and stockpiling on site
- PHASE 3: Clearing of Large Pines – Complete
- Cutting & clearing of pine trees from site
- PHASE 4: Planting
- Plant identified species
- 4,000 trees and shrubs have been ordered
- Planting will occur in August pending completion of earlier stages
- PHASE 5: Retardation and filtering of water – Complete
- Construction of rock riffles
- Modification of entrance into pit at lower carpark
- Planting of grasses and reeds to filter water
- PHASE 6: Ongoing Maintenance
- Funds have been set aside for ongoing maintenance
- Removal of weeds will need to be monitored and further planting could be required