JOIN US TO RECLAIM THIS LAND FOR PUBLIC USERECLAIM - RESTORE - REGENERATE
THE STORY. THE OPPORTUNITY.
This land was donated by the Ross Trust to the community 40 years ago.
The community wants to create a new integrated nature-based parkland to benefit people, the environment and the culture of the Mornington Peninsula.
People Said Not Sure!
People Said Yes Please!
People Said No Thanks!
The land was originally donated to the community for the purposes of recreation 40 years ago but has been leased out for beef farming ever since.
With growing concern about the environment, climate and recreation, the local community has created a master plan to unleash the site’s potential to enhance local wellness.
Stage One of the project is a PRE-FUNDED bio-diverse carbon forest. Using existing carbon emission reduction funding the plan is to plant the new forest with trees, shrubs and understorey that will draw down carbon as well as provide habitat for animals, birds and insects. The project has been designed to accommodate nature-based recreation such as walking, running and mountain biking.
WHAT THE PROJECT NEEDS
DELWP (Dept Environment Land Water & Planning) currently own the site. The community have requested a 100 year lease on the site to develop and maintain the forest.
We want a simple land lease. The project will be run as a ‘Not for Profit’ and has been designed as an economically sustainable model from day one.
The project aligns with Mornington Peninsula Shire’s ‘Climate Emergency’ ‘Community Wellbeing Plan’ and proposed ‘Agroecology Policy’
Because we are a community group who understand that the land has not been used for the purposes it was donated for. We have a commercially viable, pre-funded project which is shovel ready.
Because taking local climate action is critically important.
Because people value nature based recreation.
Because the environment is invaluable.
Drop us an email to start a conversation about how you can become involved.
Dromana Community Carbon Forest 2023HELP US RECLAIM THIS LAND FOR COMMUNITY USE - FILL IN OUR SURVEY TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
A unique opportunity to rewild a 100 acre hillside for the benefit of our communities wellbeing, the natural environment and local climate.
SOCIAL PARTNERSHIPS TO CREATE SHARED BENEFITS
Let us know what you think about this proposed environmental restoration project so we can demonstrate GREAT COMMUNITY SUPPORT before the site is lost to developers!
A Local Project Driven by Local People
People from different community groups have formed an alliance to develop this strategic parcel of land so it serves both nature as well as the needs of nature-based recreation.
Project partners come from habitat creation groups, mountain bikers, trail runners, walkers, local businesses and people who want to promote healthy living on the Mornington Peninsula.
The habitat created will be 100% Australian Indigenous with ground cover, middle storey and legacy trees. With input from local environmental partners and the Indigenous community, the new forest will promote best practice.
Tonnes of Carbon Abatement
How We Can Fund The Project
Using Carbon Emission Credits
Large emitters of carbon can now purchase trees to soak up and neutralise their footprint. We are using this market mechanism to pay for the Community Carbon Forest.
Plant a Tree to Improve the Environment
Individuals and businesses can now volunteer to offset their annual carbon footprint. As local people and businesses choose to offset their own carbon footprint will be able to enhance the initial planting.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
The State Government is under increasing pressure to sell off land that was set aside for community use to developers. We want to reclaim ‘Pat’s Paddocks’ for community recreation and environmental benefit.
If the community sits by and does nothing these valuable community assets will be lost forever.
The local community recently rallied together and convinced the Ross Trust not to develop a second quarry on Arthur’s Seat – So positive outcomes are possible.
We are putting out a call for your support to ensure the State Government understand our community have a ‘shovel ready’ and pre-funded nature-based project for this site.
LOCAL LAND THAT IS CURRENTLY BEING SOLD OFF TO DEVELOPERS
UNEASE OVER PUBLIC LAND SELL OFF
MELBOURNE Water is tight-lipped about any future sales of land alongside the pipeline from its Eastern Treatment Plant at Bangholme to the ocean outfall at Gunnamatta. Speculation surrounds the possible sale of many blocks of various sizes – probably for residential purposes – as the authority seeks to make money from land reserved for the pipeline.
Concerns have been raised about the “piecemeal” sale of blocks which will reduce the land now being used as public reserves for playgrounds, walking and riding trails, and open space. READ MORE>
WHERE IS THE PROJECT LOCATION?
This is the 100-acre paddock the community wants to develop into a community carbon forest project. It was donated to the community by Hillview Quarries 40 years ago for the purposes of ‘Public Recreation’
Since then it has been managed by Parks Victoria and leased out to a local farmer for cattle grazing.
Our master plan is a self-funded layered approach that can be implemented in 2022. All we need is a 100year lease to enable the forest to be planted. The other components such as pathways, car parking, seating and activity areas are planned for in stage two.
The park will be FREE to use and open year-round for visitors and local people.
The land is located at 161 Boundary Road, Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula. The proposed forest will integrate directly into the Arthur’s Seat State Park and will enhance the biodiversity, habitat and nature based recreation opportunity of the local area.
The project is PRE-FUNDED using carbon emission reduction scheme credits.
FUTURE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The plan is to offer interested individuals, groups, businesses and organisations the opportunity to sponsor a range of project elements. The trees can be used to offset carbon footprints as well as creating a significant and valuable nature-based recreational parkland.
Each of the other potential sponsorship opportunities can provide a memorial for a loved one or a way to contribute to the fabric of this project.
Drop us a line if you would like to know more about how you can support this project.
Become a Project Supporter!
There are multiple opportunities for local businesses to support this unique carbon forest project.
Please drop us a line to start a conversation.
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.