Mornington Peninsula National Park dog walking review

To: 'Sandra & Neil Shelley' <>, "" <>
Subject: Mornington Peninsula National Park dog walking review
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:38:47 +1100
I managed for once to get a submission in for this. It's often hard to get 
started on things like this: you don't know the background, you have to wade 
through a website to find out how to make the submission, then you have to 
write it and send it.

The information is at:

Halfway down the page under the heading "Relevant documents" are some links to 
a discussion paper, maps of the current regulated areas, etc.

Under that is the "Making a submission" section. Here it is, so you don't have 
to look it up:
"Submissions close on 30 November 2012 can be emailed to the Project Officer on 
 or sent to The Project Officer, Parks Victoria at PO 
Box 400 Rosebud Victoria 3939."

And the URL of the feedback form is:

You can just print it and fill in the boxes, or open it in Word and type your 
responses, then email it off. I did mine in about half an hour after reading 
the discussion paper 
 and I think I could have done it based on what I've read in this thread.

Peter Shute

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sandra & Neil Shelley  
> Sent: Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:27 AM
> To: 
> Cc: Michael Tarburton; ; Dave 
> Torr; Peter Shute; ; 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Mornington Peninsula National Park 
> dog walking review
> I sincerely hope that everyone who has contributed to this 
> conversation, and everyone on Birding Aus for that matter, 
> has taken the time to make a submission.
> As a volunteer on the Mornington Peninsula, it is very 
> frustrating to see what happens every season.  Please don't 
> sit back and let this opportunity to do something about it slip by.
> Neil Shelley
> On 27 November 2012 11:12, Dave Torr <> wrote:
>       There seems to be a strange reluctance in local 
> councils to enforce local
>       by-laws - and not just in this area. I am sure for 
> example that if our
>       local council sent someone round to fine all the people 
> parking on nature
>       strips they would more than cover their costs. Dog 
> off-lead areas are
>       another area where I assume councils have the 
> responsibility but seem to do
>       nothing. I have lived in Werribee for around 10 years, 
> walk my dogs (on
>       lead!) every day in an "on-lead" area and I would see 
> dogs off-lead every
>       day - but not once in that time have I seen a council 
> by-laws officer.
>       On 27 November 2012 11:00, Michael Tarburton 
> <>wrote:
>       > G'day bird observers
>       >
>       > Not only are these plovers in trouble, so are many 
> ducks.  Yesterday in
>       > Gardiners Creek Walk, a woman with three large dogs 
> and a young couple with
>       > her was throwing a ball out onto the pond near the 
> reeds for the dogs to
>       > retrieve.  When one of the dogs gave up chasing the 
> ball and took off after
>       > a pair of Pacific Black Duck and their 3 very small 
> ducklings, she started
>       > yelling at the dog which took no notice.  I could not 
> help bellow out to
>       > her "Irresponsible dog owner - how many ducklings has 
> it in its mouth"  she
>       > replied "none" I responded "the dog should be on a 
> leash", She replied "It
>       > is now" .  "Thanks " - was my reply.
>       >
>       > In the last four years, Australian Wood Duck, Pacific 
> Black Duck, and
>       > Chestnut Teal have all hatched eggs in Wurundjeri 
> Walk (Blackburn South,
>       > Melbourne), but none have raised any.  Dogs, foxes 
> and cats are all still
>       > to be seen in the walk, which has the requirement 
> that dogs be on leashes.
>       >  At least half of the dogs are off their leashes.
>       >
>       > So what do ducks do?  In NZ and West Aust, they used 
> to find safety in the
>       > suburban lakes and creeks (I hope they still do) but 
> in Victoria, they get
>       > shot if they leave the suburbs and their offspring 
> get eaten if they stay.
>       >  What a dilemma.
>       >
>       > Actually There are 8 more-than-half-grown Wood 
> Ducklings wandering along
>       > the creek and feeding on the lawns of the Advent Care 
> - Whitehorse (Old
>       > Folks Home) in Nunawading.  So maybe we should invest 
> in more aged-care
>       > facilities.
>       >
>       > I hope somebody has a better story.
>       >
>       > Cheers
>       >
>       > Mike
>       >
>       > ===================
>       > Michael Tarburton
>       > 
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