OUR VISION

To nurture a community of local people, groups and businesses collaborating to create great environmental, economic and social outcomes for the Dromana area.

 

HOW WE HELP

We bring people together to share experiences, skills and resources, amplifying a collective voice that delivers great outcomes.

The Dromana Association represents the collective interests of local community groups.

 

By sharing resources and working in partnership, local groups can expand their lobbying opportunities.

 

We are collaborating with local community groups.

 

  • Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club
  • Dromana Footy and Netball Club
  • Dromana Community Garden
  • Dromana Community House
  • Dromana Foreshore Committee
  • Dromana Habitat
  • Dromana Industrial Association
  • Dromana Lifesaving Club
  • Dromana Sea Scouts
  • Save Arthurs Seat
  • Save Dromana Pier
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Mornington Peninsula Koalas
  • Victorian Farmers Federation

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Dromana Pier
  • Parkdale Estate (Community Carbon Forest)
  • Greater Dromana Masterplan
  • Creating a ‘Virtual Hub’ to help promote community opportunities
Dromana Association Community Forum Nov 2023

45 local community members braved the wind and rain to attend our public forum in June 2024.

Representatives from Mornington Peninsula Shire, The Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club, Dromana Football & Netball Club, Save Arthurs Seat and many others got to hear about MP Shire’s ‘Master Planning’ process as well as the Dromana Association’s community-driven projects.

The proposal to replace the decrepit 186M Dromana Pier with a new Short 100M Pier raised considerable concern from the audience.

The Dromana Association also presented its proposal for a Pre-Funded community carbon forest which aims to provide nature-based recreation for a broad range of user groups.

There was also a presentation on a NEW virtual hub that provides shared marketing and storytelling opportunities for local community groups.

At the June 2024 Public ForumMornington Peninsula Shire gave a presentation of their process to assess Dromana’s current and future town planning needs.

PUBLIC comment is being sought on the future of Dromana, with the release of a draft plan. Feedback will provide input on the use and development of the Dromana and Arthurs Seat escarpment area and Parkdale/Hillview Community Reserve, to help with the management and masterplans, which are concurrently being prepared.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is looking for comment until Friday 21 June on the proposed overall vision for the greater Dromana area, as well as to inform the community about current, future and advocacy initiatives being for the area. Greater Dromana takes in the coast at the base of Arthurs Seat, and there are plans to develop it to drive the economy and provide businesses, shops, schools, parks, jobs and services for tourists and people living in Dromana and Safety Beach.

The public is being asked to comment on whether it thinks there are any gaps in the draft plan, specifically on how the community now uses the escarpment area and Hillview Community Reserve and how users would like to see the spaces used and developed.

The draft plan incorporates the existing and proposed council-led strategies in the following key areas:

  • Environmental protection and climate resilience.
  • Sustainable transport and movement networks.
  • Community infrastructure, public open space and recreation.
  • Local economic development.
  • Affordable and diverse housing.

COMMUNITY CO-DESIGN FORUM WORKSHOPS

Following on from the earlier 2023 community forums where local community groups shared their aims and challenges the next Dromana Association Community Co-Design Forum, the November workshop is where people were able to crystalise their ambitions for the Dromana area.

The community came together for a workshop, whiteboard and conversation event to explore deliverable aspirations to enhance Dromana’s liveability.

Dromana Interpretative Artwork

The key takeaways from the community workshop are shown in the amazing ‘Social Mural’ created by local artist Trent Downie who spent the evening listening, sketching and inviting direct input from the audience. 

Graphical recording is a way to translate complex conversations into a visual medium that enhances the storytelling and clarity of discussions. 

OUR PROCESS

Local community groups, residents, and businesses in Dromana shared their aims and challenges during a series of Dromana Association Public Forums 2023. 

 

In Nov 2023, Tomi Winfree, AnthroEnviro & Impact Hub Candidate Melbourne, collaborated with the Dromana Association Forum Working Group to facilitate a Community Co-Design Forum. Over 35 participants engaged in small group activities to identify what they liked and didn’t like about Dromana as it currently is, identify creative opportunities to resolve issues, and reflect on past community-based achievements, future potential, and resourcing needs. 

 

The participants expressed their desire for fewer cars, more sustainable transportation options, and multi-use facilities like a community and business hub. The participants strongly emphasised regenerating nature through bio-links. This visionary approach aims to safely connect people walking and riding bikes, nature, and animals between Dromana’s nature-based recreation and the township precincts. The participants highlighted opportunities for redesigning how the two precincts are used and better linked by: 

  • Reduce parking and traffic issues, 
  • Leadership through the integration of responsible and sustainable trading by local businesses and 
  • Tourists investing in the local area by creating regenerative relationships with the natural environment. 

 

The key takeaways, a testament to the productive discussions, were captured in a ‘Social Mural’ by local artist Trent Downie, TD Illustrations, and his daughter Alyssa, a junior Archibald finalist. This landmark mural, a symbol of our community’s collaboration and vision, will be installed in the Ritchies shopping centre over the summer of 2024. It has the potential to spark conversations about how to regenerate Dromana toward a sustainable future that promises prosperity for residents, tourists and businesses. 

 

Dromana holds the potential to be a thriving place, but it calls for a united effort. It requires collaboration between community members, tourists, businesses, and local, state, and federal governments. With support from the Dromana Association, the community can develop a thriving economy harmonious with nature and locals by creating a prosperous, sustainable Dromana.

Thanks to:

Dromana Association Forum Working Group

Tomi Winfree, AnthroEnviro Coaching, Mentoring, Consulting & Stakeholder Engagement https://www.tomiwinfree.com/
If you’re interested in getting involved and helping to create Dromana’s future, join the Dromana Association now.
Greg Fitzgerald

Local legend Greg Fitzgerald received his ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Simon Brooks.

Greg has worked tirelessly to develop the Hillview Reserve at Boundary Road into a community parkland. He is also a leading figure in the Habitat for Restoration Fund who restore and maintain local habitats.

As an active member of the Dromana Association, Greg is a valued veteran of community building in the Dromana area.

 

NEXT STEPS

The Dromana Association held a roundtable with Mornington Peninsula Shire in early December 2023 to present the community-driven ‘Dromana Community Carbon Forest Project’

A NEW Social Enterprise (Not For Profit) is planned to develop the 100-acre site into a nature-based recreation and biodiversity creation community parkland. 

The project uses sponsored trees, the carbon credit scheme and sustainable social enterprises to fund the project’s creation and ongoing maintenance.

NATURE DISCOVERY

A parkland created to provide access to natural systems learning

A REGIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKING HUB

Adding NEW black diamond, blue and green trails for mountain bikers of all experiences.

Using the Latest Immersive Learning Technology

Augmented reality to provide natural systems and cultural heritage learning opportunites

BIODIVERSE HABITAT

Mixed species trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers to provide habitat

Urban Forest Strategy

Your say on the future of Mornington Peninsula’s urban forest

The Shire has a rich and unique landscape of coasts and hills and substantial native biodiversity. Although the townships of the Peninsula have more tree canopy than most other areas of metropolitan Melbourne, tree canopy is not evenly spread across the Peninsula. There are large differences in tree canopy cover between different townships (ranging from 14% canopy cover in Safety Beach to 68% in Arthurs Seat) and between different areas within townships.

Why our urban forest is important

The urban forest in Mornington Peninsula is the trees and other vegetation, and the soil and water that supports them, in the urban areas of townships across the Peninsula. It includes trees on all land uses, and ownerships (public and private). Tree canopy in urban areas provides many benefits. It cools and shades us, protecting our most vulnerable residents from extreme heat, increasing opportunities for people to get outside on hot days to exercise or go shopping. Access to urban nature and greening improves mental health and happiness, and increases the connection people have with nature. Trees can provide important habitat and connect larger areas of habitat for native birds, marsupials and other animals.

Threats to our urban forest

The urban forest in the Peninsula is at risk from pests and diseases like myrtle rust and changes in the climate (for example increased heat stress or reduced rainfall, which leads to reduced soil moisture and water availability). Trees are also removed during urban development as the footprint of buildings increases as properties are subdivided or extended.

We are currently building a dynamic community of people who want to help create a bright future for Dromana.

As an evolution of the successful ‘Association for Building Community in Dromana’ (ABCD) this association will seek to promote the interests of local people who want an effective voice in how Dromana develops.

REPRESENTING COMMUNITY

We promote the interests of our members and the wider community through our contacts and influence with local, State and National Government, educational institutions and with key stakeholders.

PROMOTION COLLABORATION

We provide opportunites for community groups, businesses and stakeholders to collaborate and achieve faster results.

REPRESENTING ENTERPRISE

We promote the interests of our business members with networking events, enterprise support and building connection with the local community.

Dromana’s population has soared by 35% in the past 5 years. Strategic planning and community-led decision-making are essential if Dromana’s liveabilty is to be valued.

DROMANA NEWS

Alarm over Dromana subdivision plans

Alarm over Dromana subdivision plans

A PROPOSAL to rezone one of Dromana’s remaining pockets of bushland close to the town has raised concerns about over development and a lack of town-specific planning for growth. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has advertised the proposed planning amendment C249 to...

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‘People-power’ ends quarry bid

‘People-power’ ends quarry bid

SAVE Arthurs Seat supporters are cheering a decision by The Ross Trust to abandon its bid to dig a quarry on the Pioneer site at Dromana. The controversial plan, under which Hillview Quarries would extract stone from a 43 hectare site on the north face of Arthurs...

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Fears for pier’s future

Fears for pier’s future

THE Dromana community is “devastated” by the closing off of the pier amid concerns that the lack of a response from Parks Victoria means its future is in doubt. The Department of Environment Lands Water and Planning has fenced off the last 40 metres of the concrete...

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Get informed and join the conversation about things that affect Dromana

Local business networking events and community connection

Open discussion events with your local representatives and stakeholders

Creating an opportunity for local businesses owners and community members to have their voices heard.

The Dromana Association promotes equality of opportunity, inclusion and diversity using an open-door collaborative model. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the community conversation.

We aim to help existing and new community initiatives, as well as local businesses, bring positive outcomes to the Dromana area.

WHO CAN JOIN

The Dromana Association is open to anyone who has an interest in Greater Dromana including residents, businesses and community groups.

We are looking for people who have a passion for community and with a desire to contribute time and energy to drive opportunities for Dromana.

We want to hear from people who would like to contribute ideas, time or resources to help improve Dromana and its surrounds.

If you are interested in joining us please  visit our membership page.

Dromana Fish

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Is it good for the Greater Dromana community?
  • Does it encourage best-practice enterprise?
  • Is it environmentally responsible?
  • Does it recognise and embrace opportunity?

OUR KEY OBJECTIVES

  • Dromana Association works to create a great place to live, work and play.
  • Dromana Association actively advocates for planning, services and infrastructure.
  • Dromana Association promotes activities that build local capacity and resilience.
  • Dromana Association actively encourages innovative practices and solutions.
  • Fosters building community connection both socially and commercially.

HELP CREATE DROMANA’S FUTURE

Located on the Mornington Peninsula, Dromana

is an active and vibrant community.

Dromana has been undergoing growth and change

with more visitors and more people who have

chosen to live here.

The Dromana Association offers a way for locals to have

their voice heard about community-driven projects and

how business needs can be promoted.

Generating opportunities for community conversation, inclusion and collaboration.

 What’s happening?

Dromana is expanding rapidly as more and more people discover its charms. 

It’s important that locals have a say in how the township develops to ensure the character and future opportunity is focused on the people who call Dromana home.

 

Our Method

By creating a collective voice for local projects we can lobby Local, State and Federal Governments.

We also support local group projects by tapping into the amazing brains trust of community members who want to contribute to a better future.

By providing local people with the opportunity to contribute their skills, voice and energy, the Dromana Association builds on everyone’s strengths.

 

WHAT WE DO

Community Environmental Projects

Community Conversations

Renewable Energy Projects

Local Recreation Development

Your invitation to get involved

If you would like to contribute to Dromana’s future and you have a skill, time and the desire to help determine some great outcomes….

 

 

Visit our membership page to join us!

ABOUT US

The Dromana Association was formed in 2021 as an evolution of the Association For Building Community in Dromana (ABCD)

ABCD has a long legacy of supporting local initiatives that created positive outcomes for the ‘Greater Dromana’ area.

There has been a growing demand for opportunities for the business and general community to be able to collaborate on joint projects. Community groups who are working on individual projects can now tap into a broader support group where expertise, funding and experience can be amplified to create better and faster outcomes.

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OUR VISION

To nurture a community of local people, groups and businesses collaborating to create great environmental, economic and social outcomes for the Dromana area.

We bring people together to share experiences, skills and resources,

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We’re over the moon to share that Busselton (Undalup) has been crowned the 2024 #7News Top Tourism Town Awards winner! This magical town in The Margaret River Region captivates hearts with its enchanting beauty and unforgettable experiences. From the mesmerizing Busselton Jetty stretching into turquoise waters to the serene shores of Geographe Bay, every corner is a dream come true. Busselton will proudly represent Western Australia on the national stage at Australia’s Top Tourism Town Awards later this year! Experience the magic of Busselton and get dreaming: bit.ly/45kJwcb
📍: Busselton (Undalup), 2.5 hours from Perth (Boorloo) | Australia's South West
📸: Western Australia in #WAtheDreamState

#parksvictoria #dromanaassociation #morningtonpeninsulashire #morningtonpeninsula
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Drum roll please!
We’re over the moon to share that Busselton (Undalup) has been crowned the 2024 #7News Top Tourism Town Awards winner! This magical town in The Margaret River Region captivates hearts with its enchanting beauty and unforgettable experiences. From the mesmerizing Busselton Jetty stretching into turquoise waters to the serene shores of Geographe Bay, every corner is a dream come true. Busselton will proudly represent Western Australia on the national stage at Australia’s Top Tourism Town Awards later this year! Experience the magic of Busselton and get dreaming: https://bit.ly/45kJwcb
📍: Busselton (Undalup), 2.5 hours from Perth (Boorloo) | Australias South West 
📸: Western Australia in #WAtheDreamState
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The 2023 Community Forums - Our Process

Local community groups, residents, and businesses in Dromana shared their aims and challenges during a series of Dromana Association Public Forums 2023.



In Nov 2023, Tomi Winfree, AnthroEnviro & Impact Hub Candidate Melbourne, collaborated with the Dromana Association Forum Working Group to facilitate a Community Co-Design Forum. Over 35 participants engaged in small group activities to identify what they liked and didn’t like about Dromana as it currently is, identify creative opportunities to resolve issues, and reflect on past community-based achievements, future potential, and resourcing needs.



The participants expressed their desire for fewer cars, more sustainable transportation options, and multi-use facilities like a community and business hub. The participants strongly emphasised regenerating nature through bio-links. This visionary approach aims to safely connect people walking and riding bikes, nature, and animals between Dromana’s nature-based recreation and the township precincts. The participants highlighted opportunities for redesigning how the two precincts are used and better linked by:

Reduce parking and traffic issues,
Leadership through the integration of responsible and sustainable trading by local businesses and
Tourists investing in the local area by creating regenerative relationships with the natural environment.


The key takeaways, a testament to the productive discussions, were captured in a ‘Social Mural’ by local artist Trent Downie, TD Illustrations, and his daughter Alyssa, a junior Archibald finalist. This landmark mural, a symbol of our community’s collaboration and vision, will be installed in the Ritchies shopping centre over the summer of 2024. It has the potential to spark conversations about how to regenerate Dromana toward a sustainable future that promises prosperity for residents, tourists and businesses.



Dromana holds the potential to be a thriving place, but it calls for a united effort. It requires collaboration between community members, tourists, businesses, and local, state, and federal governments. With support from the Dromana Association, the community can develop a thriving economy harmonious with nature and locals by creating a prosperous, sustainable Dromana.

Dromana Sea Scouts Dromana Community House Cr Antonella Celi Dromana 3 Drive In VFF Peninsula branch Dromana Dippers HISTORY OF DROMANA TO PORTSEA Dromana Habitat Dromana Community Garden Dromana & Safetybeach community group Debra Mar Fusion Mornington Peninsula @Peninsula Friends of the Earth Melbourne Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club Rock & Redgum Laneway Espresso Dromana @Dromana Seawinds Community Hub Sustainability Victoria Department of Energy, Environment and Climate ActionDepartment of Energy, Repower Morn Pen Network Everything Mornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula Shire HISTORY OF DROMANA TO PORTSEA Western Port Biosphere Southern Peninsula Community Support Parks Victoria Nepean Conservation Group Landcare Australia Save Arthurs Seat MANA Youth Project JimmyRum Living Culture Waste Wise Mornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network Mornington Peninsula News Group
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The 2023 Community Forums - Our Process
Local community groups, residents, and businesses in Dromana shared their aims and challenges during a series of Dromana Association Public Forums 2023. 
In Nov 2023, Tomi Winfree, AnthroEnviro & Impact Hub Candidate Melbourne, collaborated with the Dromana Association Forum Working Group to facilitate a Community Co-Design Forum. Over 35 participants engaged in small group activities to identify what they liked and didn’t like about Dromana as it currently is, identify creative opportunities to resolve issues, and reflect on past community-based achievements, future potential, and resourcing needs. 
The participants expressed their desire for fewer cars, more sustainable transportation options, and multi-use facilities like a community and business hub. The participants strongly emphasised regenerating nature through bio-links. This visionary approach aims to safely connect people walking and riding bikes, nature, and animals between Dromana’s nature-based recreation and the township precincts. The participants highlighted opportunities for redesigning how the two precincts are used and better linked by: 
Reduce parking and traffic issues, 
Leadership through the integration of responsible and sustainable trading by local businesses and 
Tourists investing in the local area by creating regenerative relationships with the natural environment. 
The key takeaways, a testament to the productive discussions, were captured in a ‘Social Mural’ by local artist Trent Downie, TD Illustrations, and his daughter Alyssa, a junior Archibald finalist. This landmark mural, a symbol of our community’s collaboration and vision, will be installed in the Ritchies shopping centre over the summer of 2024. It has the potential to spark conversations about how to regenerate Dromana toward a sustainable future that promises prosperity for residents, tourists and businesses. 
Dromana holds the potential to be a thriving place, but it calls for a united effort. It requires collaboration between community members, tourists, businesses, and local, state, and federal governments. With support from the Dromana Association, the community can develop a thriving economy harmonious with nature and locals by creating a prosperous, sustainable Dromana.
Dromana Sea Scouts Dromana Community House Cr Antonella Celi Dromana 3 Drive In VFF Peninsula branch Dromana Dippers HISTORY OF DROMANA TO PORTSEA Dromana Habitat Dromana Community Garden Dromana & Safetybeach community group Debra Mar Fusion Mornington Peninsula @Peninsula Friends of the Earth Melbourne Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club Rock & Redgum Laneway Espresso Dromana @Dromana Seawinds Community Hub Sustainability Victoria Department of Energy, Environment and Climate ActionDepartment of Energy, Repower Morn Pen Network Everything Mornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula Shire HISTORY OF DROMANA TO PORTSEA  Western Port Biosphere Southern Peninsula Community Support Parks Victoria Nepean Conservation Group Landcare Australia Save Arthurs Seat MANA Youth Project JimmyRum Living Culture Waste Wise Mornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network Mornington Peninsula News GroupImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Great work in bringing the community of Dromana together for the community co-design forum that has resulted in not only discussions that has brought locals thoughts and ideas together for the present and future of Dromana, but also the design of the "Social Mural" by Trent Downie that illustrates the intent of the discussions. Look forward to seeing this featured at Ritchies. I would encourage #dromana locals to also have their say into the "Shaping Greater Dromana Plan" currently out for community consultation. Check out the link to read the draft plan and give your feedback. Exciting times ahead for Dromana as we get to work on those important strategic projects that matter most to locals. Have Your Say here: shape.mornpen.vic.gov.au/shaping-greater-dromana-plan

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HOW IT WORKS

Become a member of the Dromana Association. Each signed up member can attend the monthly meetings which are held in person or by Zoom.

  • Every member gets the opportunity to vote on key decisions
  • We have an open invitation to businesses and the general public to raise issues
  • We hold regular community networking events
  • We provide the opportunity to attend presentations & talkbacks with influential people

Annual membership is $40

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Population Increase Over the Past 10 years

Why do we need 'another' community group?

The Dromana Association building on the legacy of ABCD, taking the role of bringing people together to collectively add voice to existing groups, people and now in business.  Many of our members belong to different associations.  By working together to reach consensus our joint efforts will yield faster results.

Who are the Dromana Association?

Local people who have a burning desire to help create better outcomes for the Dromana area. There is now a newly formed committee (As of 21st July 2021) The committee is made up of people with experience in delivering community projects as well as business people and people who would like better sporting facilities, public transport and township character protection.

What sort of people are welcome to join?

We are looking for people interested in contributing their skills, time or passion towards increasing inclusion, collaboration and positive outcomes. People of ANY age are welcome.

How can the Dromana Assocation help with community projects?

Whether it is tree pruning, renewable energy, hosting events or any other community activity, the Dromana Association is here to offer assistance. We encourage and facilitate community collaboration.

How can the Dromana Association help local businesses?

We provide opportunities for businesses to network with other businesses and with other community stakeholders.  Supporting ‘local’ has never been as important as it is right now.  We are planning a series of talks by business leaders on a range of fascinating subjects.

Will my voice get heard?

All members can contribute and vote on issues.  The Dromana Association facilitates discussions and actions within its membership and actively encourages democratic processes to ensure everyone is heard.

PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY

Dromana Community Garden
Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club
Bendigo Bank
Dromana Football & Netball Club
Jimmy Rum
Vins Bins
MAW Civil
Searoad Ferries
Jimmy Rum
Dromana Football & Netball Club
Jimmy Rum
Vins Bins
Rock & Red Gum
Roger McMillan Estate Agents
Dromana Drive-in
Dromana Football & Netball Club
Hillview Quarries
Roger McMillan Estate Agents

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this beautiful country where we leave our footprints every day of our lives, and with great respect to our forefathers and mothers, both past and present, of the land in which I work and live.