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The last couple of months has been very busy for the Association.  Preparation for our 50th anniversary celebrations was a significant undertaking and I have to offer my sincere thanks to the working committee that pulled this together. Unfortunately, because of personal work commitments taking me interstate for 3 months, I was unable to attend.  However, the feedback I have seen indicates it was a great evening.

 The recent state of affairs with the LXRA removing mature vegetation from the Seaford area has been of concern to us all as it flies in the face of what we have been led to believe was happening.  I am sure you have seen the uproar this has caused and we are continuing to monitor the situation. 

Most recently, we have received the following communication from Sonya Kilkenny MP:

“There is no further clearing to take place.  The main clearing took place near the Seaford Station car park and the back of the RSL. There will be boardwalk structures installed at these locations. The shared user path will then run alongside the existing train corridor and use the existing culvert, up towards the Riveria hotel, to cross the Kananook Creek.

Frankston Council have been pushing for an alternative path that would see the need to remove at least 90 trees in the area up near the Riveria hotel as well as significant disturbance to the creek at the existing boardwalk crossing.  There has been no consultation with Aboriginal owner groups.  And I have opposed this route.”

On a more positive note, we have held meetings with Melbourne Water and Frankston City Council to progress maintenance of water quality issues and there is a real feeling that all parties understand the needs of the community and are willing to work together.

 As we look towards the next 50 years, the KCA needs more community support in order to continue the great work of the past.  I may be starting to sound like a broken record but we need additional volunteers to join the management committee with some urgency.  Our team of 5 is likely to lose at least one more member to retirement at the next AGM.  It is going to get to the stage where the committee is unable to function.  If you have a few hours a month to spare, I encourage you to consider joining us.

 Happy Easter to all,

 Phil Carter

President KCA

KCA Turned 50

The KCA turned 50….and many, many came to celebrate.

Tuesday, the 25th of February, saw a momentous occasion in the 50th birthday of the Kananook Creek Association, founded in February 1970.

A lively crowd of about 140 people, representing the association’s history, and aged from 9 to 90+, found Frankston Art Centre’s Cube 37 to be a worthy venue, decked in memorabilia of yesteryear, yester-decade and yester-century. The venue was decorated by posters, booklets with a multi-media presentation. The appreciative crowd was also presented with information about Frankston’s and the Creek’s history, with the aid of the invaluable Ten Stories collection. 

Rob Thurley eloquently summarized the Association’s many successes, past and present efforts and remaining challenges

Looking forward, we were also treated to a future vision (below) of how the currently uninspiring channel section of the lower creek could be transformed into an entertainment and event hub for Frankston, given appropriate support, consultation, thought and finance.

Dignitaries were aplenty, too, with representation from Frankston City Council by Mayor Sandra Mayer, CEO Phil Cantillon, as well as former mayors and councillors. Sonya Kilkenny, local State MP also addressed the crowd.  

Many community groups were also showed their support, with the Frankston Environmental Friends Network, Kananook Creek Canoe Club & the Frankston Beach Association, to mention a few, though there were many more!

This was the first reunion for many years of previous KCA committees together with colleagues from Council, Melbourne Water and other authorities directly involved in improving the Creek’s well-being.  

The evening’s event was also wonderfully enhanced by the sweet piano play of Maestro Joe Ruberto, while everyone was well catered for by the caring Cube 37 staff. Attendees were well-watered by our event sponsors Dainton Brewery – Carrum Downs, and Massoni Wines from Mt Eliza.

Arboretum to go Ahead!

It is fantastic news that the Design and Implementation for the Seaford Park Arboretum has been approved by Frankston City Council. The concept plan is to be completed with community engagement by August 2020 and the facility is due to open by May 2021.

Congratulations to all involved in achieving this outcome, especially those who have been advocating for this project since 1992. The arboretum will be a fitting tribute to KCA legends Allan and Yvonne Sisson who gave over 25 years of outstanding service to the Kananook Creek.

The 1997 Landscape Masterplan is being substantially used for this project and you are invited to access details of the masterplan on the KCA website under the “Resources” tab.

Working Bees

There are regular working bees on the first Sunday at Fiocchi Ave and the third Sunday at Benton Avenue.

DON’T FORGET to check out our Facebook Page which is constantly updated.

A memorable evening all around; so now onto planning the 100th!

The Association Needs You

The 2020 Membership form is attached included at the end of the newsletter (print version)

 The more members we have, gives us a stronger voice when advocate for the Creek with Council and Melbourne Water. Talk to your neighbors about our cause and hopefully we can attract some new members.  To renew or join, please complete the attached membership form.

The Association is looking for new members on the Committee. Nominations for Committee or Office Bearers are encouraged. If you wish to serve on the Committee or as an Officer Bearer, kindly complete the nomination form and forward to (via email)

David Dodson, Secretary at

Notice of AGM (Pending Covid 19 restrictions)



  • Welcome
  • Apologies
  • Confirmation of Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 3 April 2019
  • President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Office Bearers and Committee Members (refer Attachment A)
  • Meeting close

Refreshments will then be served.

December 2019


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Creek Monitoring

The Kananook Creek Association has had an initial meeting with Melbourne Water regarding the Melbourne University’s monitoring proposal with the aim of determining the exact source (s) of toxins and sludge. Melbourne Water are planning to initially place monitoring sensors in the Dandenong Creek. It the Dandenong Creek monitoring program is successful, Melbourne water plan to roll out the monitoring program to the Kananook Creek. There are ongoing meetings between Melbourne Water and the Kananook Creek Association regarding the toxicity of the Kananook Creek.

Frankston Green Wedge

The Frankston City Council issued the Green Wedge planning proposal. Several local community groups, including the KCA submitted responses to the original proposals.  The revised version now shows a reduction of development in Carrum Downs (between Frankston Dandenong Road & Eastlink). This should result in a reduction of industrial run off into the Kananook Creek.  

Frankston Coastguard Proposal

The Frankston City Council has determined to place the Coast Guard in the Yacht Club building. Sadly, the possible reactivation of the mouth of the Kananook Creek was not included in the Council’s decision.   

The Kananook Creek Association turns 50 in 2020.

The Kananook Creek Association turns 50 in February 2020. To help with making this important milestone a memorable event, the Kananook Creek Association is seeking members to help by joining a 50th birthday sub – committee. All are welcome to join the sub -committee, please strongly consider joining.

Seaford Love Where You Live – Public Event

The Kananook Creek Association actively participated in the recent Seaford “Love Where You Live” public event at the Seaford Community Hall. The open to public nature walk along the Kananook Creek and foreshore trails was led by two of our local Reserve Rangers and strongly supported by members of the Kananook Creek Association. There was also an information stall to help promote the Kananook Creek by providing promotional information about the Kananook Creek. Several groups were involved in the day and there was musical entertainment and a sausage sizzle. It is fair to say that the turnout for the event was a little disappointing, so a lot of people missed out on this fun event. 

Little Trackers Project

The Kananook Creek Association recently participated in the Little Trackers Project. The RMIT University are conducting a study of water flow in Melbourne’s rivers and the Kananook Creek was chosen to be a part of the study. The Little Trackers project was prominently reported in both of Frankston’s local papers.

The Association needs you

Have you considered joining (or rejoining) the Kananook Creek Association?  The more members we have, gives us a stronger voice when advocate for the Creek with Council and Melbourne Water. Talk to your neighbors about our cause and hopefully we can attract some new members.  To join, please complete the attached membership form.

The Kananook Creek Association is making a special membership incentive of offering new and rejoining members, membership for the remainder of 2019 and all of 2020.

Working Bees

There are regular working bees on the first Sunday at Fiocchi Ave and the third Sunday at Bentons Avenue.

DON’T FORGET to check out our Facebook Page which is constantly updated.

August 2019



• Paul Davies retiring after 5 years as President

• Andrew Robinson stepping down from the Committee. Andrew is still acting Treasurer until a new Treasurer is appointed

• Phil Carter has taken on the role of president

The KCA would like to warmly thank Paul and Andrew for the huge contribution they made to the KCA over many years.


At our last AGM, Paul Davies announced that he had decided to retire as President of the KCA.  After my first 2 months in the role, it has become blatantly obvious the extent of Paul’s contribution over the years.  He is to be highly commended for what he has achieved.  I do wonder what I have got myself into and I am thankful that Paul has agreed to support the transition to the new Committee.

For me, it has been a whirlwind of new experiences, learnings and relationship building.   We have a Committee of strong willed and enthusiastic volunteers and we will do everything we can to take up the cause of protecting Kananook Creek.

We have an uphill battle and we have decided to use our Facebook page to highlight some of the significant problems that the creek is facing.  You may have seen references to the recent diesel spill and the heavy build-up of toxic sludge.  It would be great if you could share this information with your friends and neighbors.  The reality is that we need significant change if the creek is to become the recreational asset we would like it to be.

We will continue to lobby the authorities to try and resolve some of these issues but we do need your continued support.  Over the years, our membership numbers have decreased to a level that does not reflect the numbers of properties that border the creek. Weight of numbers is always important when trying to convince authorities to make change.  We need to increase membership to make the KCA a body that truly echoes the desires of the community. Please see our special offer highlighted in the section “The Association needs you”.  Join now and receive 4 months free membership!



The Kananook Creek Association has been nominated as a finalist for a Frankston City Council Community Award in the Clean Beach / Waterway category. The nomination was for the creek restoration work performed by the Green Army.

Creek Monitoring

The Melbourne University has developed a monitoring proposal with the aim of determining the exact source (s) of toxins and sludge. The proposal reported that the Kananook Creek sediment exceeded EPA prescribed waste guidelines.  The Kananook Creek Association is planning a meeting with Melbourne Water and the FCC to discuss implementation of the monitoring proposal.

Frankston Green Wedge

The Frankston City Council recently requested feedback on the Council’s Green wedge proposal. The Kananook Creek Association submitted to the Council that any development must not increase industrial run off to the Kananook Creek. The Council will consider the KCA submission at September’s Council meeting.

Anti-Toxic Alliance

The Kananook Creek Association has joined the Anti Toxic Waste Alliance. Membership to the Alliance gives the Kananook Creek Association opportunities to network and share experience in dealing the Councils & Authorities about Toxic Waste

Frankston Coastguard Proposal

The Kananook Creek Association has submitted to the Frankston City Council that our preference is not to proceed with the Olivers Hill proposal but consider installing the Coast Guard in the reactivated mouth of the Kananook Creek. The Council is making its determination during October relating to the preferred location of the Coastguard.  

The Kananook Creek Association turns 50 in 2020.

Watch this space for further announcements as the 50th birthday comes closer

The Association needs you

Have you considered joining (or rejoining) the Kananook Creek Association?  The more members we have, gives us a stronger voice when advocate for the Creek with Council and Melbourne Water. Talk to your neighbors about our cause and hopefully we can attract some new members.  To join, please complete the attached membership form.

The Kananook Creek Association is making a special membership incentive of offering new and rejoining members, membership for the remainder of 2019 and all of 2020.

Do you have Kananook Creek Association Gear & Equipment

Over the years many people have used Kananook Creek Association gear & equipment. This gear & equipment is being kept in many widespread locations. The committee would like to identify and locate all KCA gear & equipment. If you know the whereabouts of any KCA gear & equipment, kindly notify the Kananook Creek Association on our email address on

Working Bees

There are regular working bees on the first Sunday at Fiocchi Ave and the third Sunday at Bentons Avenue

DON’T FORGET to check out our Facebook Page which is constantly updated.

Printable Version of September Newsletter and Membership 2020

KCA membership form 2020

Newsletter Spring, 2019

Newsletter Spring 2019,Word version

News Spring 2019

Newsletter Spring 2019, pdf version




Autumn 2018 newsletter of the Kananook Creek Association Inc.
In this issue: 2018 vision; Notice of Annual General Meeting (Wednesday, 4th April); Membership renewal and committee nomination forms; Green Army project work

We would like to thank you all for your continued support of the Kananook Creek Association during 2017.

2017 has been a very important year for the creek and its surrounds. We’ve seen the acceptance of the Ministerial Advisory Committees report into the management of the creek and its environs. This is certainly a big step forward and provides a blueprint for the future. Yes, we as a community, will have to push to see that the recommendations are implemented and that the management of the creek remains current to the area’s needs. There are constant challenges emerging: for example we have issues such as the level crossing removals,
higher density development along the creek in both Seaford and Frankston, issues of water quality and flow rates and increased storm water run-off from surrounding development. As much and all as we may want the Kananook Creek to be an integral aesthetic and environmental feature of our community it, like any other waterway, will be part of the storm water system for a large area. Therefore it will always be at risk of pollution, flooding and degradation.
The Association continues to conduct regular working bees in the southern third of the Kananook Creek, but lack of human resources means we simply cannot give the 5 kilometres of creek in Seaford the sort of TLC it so richly deserves
and in many areas sorely needs. We continue to lobby Council for work in the Seaford area and have been successful in obtaining grants towards track maintenance and similar. (See article re Green Army) We also work on planning needs in the Seaford area to the best of our ability, but again resources makes it difficult to respond to needs satisfactorily. The KCA is a voluntary organization and doesn’t have unlimited resources. The KCA is approaching its 50th anniversary. Surprise, surprise members of your committee are well past that and some are approaching their 70th anniversary. Truth is it becomes increasingly difficult to do the sort of physical work needed in the Seaford area without more support.

2018 priorities:
In many respects they are a restatement of 2017 but to change focus would be inappropriate:
• Re-establish regular working bees in Seaford. These working bees will be organized and resourced by Seaford residents.
• Maintain vigilance over creek side development in both Frankston and Seaford, especially as proposed changes to zoning along the creek emphasize higher density developments.
• Ensure our member numbers remain strong, for without this our lobbying and credibility with local authorities is diminished.
• Recruit a wider committee representation from Seaford to ensure the important needs of the suburb are adequately addressed



KCA News, membership, Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greetings and News Update from KCA President, Paul Davies.


We are pleased to announce the long awaited release of the MAC Review of Kananook Creek Management Arrangements
Kananook Creek Ministerial Advisory Committee Review of Management Arrangements, .pdf approx 4.4 Mb opens new tab

KCA Winter Newsletter

Eel Race Pumping Station


KCA Winter News 2017 print version

The Kananook Creek Association was delighted to see a new pump being installed in Kananook Creek Pump Station at Patterson Lakes on 16th June 2017.This project has been planned for a number of years with the old pump no longer operating optimally and being costly to keep repairing.

The new submersible pump is state of the art technology; incorporating best quality German design/manufacturing leading to an increase in power use efficiency.  It is manufactured with state of the art material, with Duplex stainless steel impeller and shaft providing the best corrosive seawater protection coupled with alarm protection and improved diagnostic controls. When asked about the new pump, our President stated that he was hoping for improvement to both water flows and water quality in the creek, both of which has been problematic in the past with the old pump often being offline.
Paul was also pleased to hear about additional survey works being carried out on Kananook Creek to determine the profile of the creek and to give Melbourne Water a better idea of silt deposits particularly in the lower estuary region.

It is great that Melbourne Water are paying attention to Kananook Creek as it plays a vital role in the overall water management of the area as well as being important for native bird habitat and local amenity for residents.

Stormwater Drain Desilting

The KCA is also pleased to announce that Melbourne Water has approved the desilting of 2 major stormwater drains which flow into the Kananook Creek. These drains are located opposite Woolworths in Seaford and at the end of Bardia Avenue, also in Seaford.
The lower reaches of both drains are heavily silted and this may well be having an impact on the quality of the water which flows from them into the creek. It is obvious from the amount of mud on the banks in the lower reaches of the creek that something is wrong. It’s probably no coincidence that Frankston Beach ranked 34 and 36 on the EPA list of beaches for summer 2016 and 2017. There were only 36 beaches on the list of monitored bay beaches so it’s not a good look. For the record Seaford beach was 19.
It’s pleasing to note that due to community pressure from the KCA and other local community groups both Frankston City Council and Melbourne Water are commencing a detailed analysis of water quality in the creek and endeavouring to determine where water colour problems are originating from. It may just be that Frankston City Council realises that the potential economic impact on tourism to the area has to be fixed.

Beckwith Grove Footbridge

This project has all the hallmarks of an episode from Utopia. 12 months ago the KCA and residents had a clear expectation that the bridge would be rebuilt by Christmas 2016. Since then matters have gone pear-shaped and Council seems to be trying its hardest not to rebuild the bridge. Figures of up to $700,000 are being touted as the reconstruction costs as against initial estimates of under $200,000. Over $30,000 appears to have been spent on consultants. The Association’s view is that it’s always sad to lose an asset which enables the community to enjoy all that the creek has to offer. Bridges play an important role in that objective. We also understand that the Council has a responsibility to manage all its assets in a prudent manner. Hopefully the matter will be resolved before KCA’s next newsletter at Christmas. Irrespective of the outcome the KCA hopes that for the sake of all parties there is greater transparency shown by Council throughout any similar future community project.

Green Army Project

The KCA is pleased to advise that we have been given the green light for track and allied restoration works along the walking track north of Station Street in Seaford. The grant was a result of a federal pre-election commitment in late 2016. Thank you to both Chris Crewther and Bruce Billson for this work.This project will be managed jointly by Council and the KCA. It will run for approximately 12 weeks, so by Christmas track users should notice a significant improvement in the northern end of the walking track and its surrounds. We are also hoping to get some suitable seats placed along the track for those walkers who’d like to take time out to enjoy the serenity the path has to offer


The Road Ahead for the KCA
We need you!
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Autumn News
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AGM Details & Committee Nomination Form, .pdf
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Joan Bosanko died last Monday morning, November 30, having suffered from two strokes, the one following the other in quick succession. Her family were with her at the end.

KCA meant a great deal to Joan and Joan meant a great deal to KCA, being one of those people who grew up in a no-nonsense generation: if you made up your mind to do something, you rolled up your sleeves and got on with it.

It was in June 1985, when she was a young and sprightly 59 year old. that she wrote a letter (no e-mails then) to the KCA Committee saying she would like to serve on the Committee. So it was that at the next Annual General Meeting, in April 1986, she was elected, not only to the Committee, but to the position of Treasurer. Joan held that position for fifteen years until she stepped down at the AGM in 2007. She did not retire from the Committee then though, staying on as an Ordinary Member for a further four years. When she did retire she was, appropriately enough, awarded Life Membership of the Association.

By this time she was fast approaching her eightieth year but that didn’t stop her. Joan had already been a regular helper at the Council Indigenous Nursery in Seaford for some time and she continued on with this work, helping out weekly, right up until the end.

Always with a ready smile and always ready to have a natter, Joan was declared Frankston’s Citizen of the Year in 2007, a worthy Award for someone so dedicated to the environment of her local community.

As a footnote, Joan was the “Guest of Honour” at the Centenary Celebrations earlier this year of her Alma Mater, Seaford Primary School: she was the oldest living Old Girl! That title has now passed on to someone else; but the world is a better place for Joan having passed through it.

Joan, tending KCA plants. FCC nursery 2004

Autumn News 2015

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Dear Resident,

Kananook Creek Association is holding its 2015 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 1 April at 8.00pm at the senior Citizens’ Rooms (“Talbot Hall”), Broughton Street, Seaford. Even though you may not be a Member of the Association (although you could always join at the door: membership fee is $15.00 per family/household) you will be most welcome to come along. If you live alongside or close to the Creek, this meeting gives you the perfect opportunity to find out what the Association has been doing over the past twelve months and what plans it has for the year ahead, including ongoing work in the Reserves, our advocacy against unsustainable development, our relationships with outside organizations; and for socialising afterwards.. We are also keen for neighbours of the Creek (that means you!) to either join or re-join the Association; a healthy membership group enables us to lobby the politicians and bureaucrats (at all levels of government) from a position of strength and this has never been more important than now, with the increasing burden of Regulations and property development pressures being thrust upon us. So, if you can’t come to the meeting you might like to use the form below to send us your details and membership subscription for 2015. Otherwise I look forward to seeing you at our meeting on Wednesday 1st April 2015.

Paul Davies – President


Membership forms can be downloaded here
If your email contact details should change, don’t forget to send an update to

The News  – autumn 2015

This news update will be used to highlight what’s happened over the past 12 months and some of the things that the KCA is hoping will happen over the next 12 months or so. Looking back:
Jetty repairs – The 2 jetties at Riviera Street and McCulloch Avenue in Seaford have both been rebuilt. That’s great because they both look good and now provide safe launching and landing points for recreational craft. During these warmer months it’s not unusual to see several kayaks or canoes paddling along the creek on any day. Let’s hope that continues.
Creek Footbridges – The KCA in conjunction with other community groups successfully intervened and ensured that our iconic timber footbridges remained in place. Council agreed that these bridges are an important feature of Frankston’s and the creek’s unique character. Tenders have recently been called for the replacement of these bridges with “like for like” timber structures. Work is expected to commence after Easter, with Beach Street and Fiocchi Avenue being the first 2 structures for replacement.
Pre-Election Campaign – Prior to the state election in November 2014 the KCA approached candidates in both the Carrum and Seaford electorates in order to gain commitments from them regarding Kananook Creek. Whilst we won’t claim full credit, we are pleased to say that the Labor Party government was very supportive of the needs for a proper management structure for the creek. They are close to making an announcement that involves both the Planning Minister and the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water. (The second portfolio appears to sit very nicely with the creek’s circumstances). Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, but at this stage things are looking promising. As the saying goes, there’s a lot of water still to go under the bridge before we celebrate.
Creek cleaning activities – Again we’ve hosted 2 successful water based creek cleaning days. The first in November 2014 at Seaford and the second at Fiocchi Ave, Frankston in early March, 2015. These days were both well attended and it’s encouraging to see a continuing reduction in the amount of rubbish collected. Even routine working bees along the walking tracks produce reduced amounts of litter. It appears that more and more of those who use the tracks pick up rubbish while out walking and hopefully don’t drop it in the first place.
Planning – This continues to be a challenge for the KCA committee. Understandably developers along the creek try and push the envelope in terms of setbacks, car parking, height limits and other areas. They are keen to maximize their returns, but often to the long term detriment of the environment, surrounding properties and the community generally.
Looking forwards:
Desilting – The KCA is still pushing for this to be done to at least Beach Street. The local member appears to support this and some positive comments have also come from Frankston City Council. There is also a clear need for spot desilting around some of the storm water drains along the creek. We will continue to pursue these matters with State government, local council and Melbourne Water.
Water quality and flow rates – The KCA is currently holding discussions with Melbourne Water about improving flow rates and quality of water in the creek. Technically there is nothing wrong with water quality. It is the same as the water in Patterson River; however as part of improving flow rates there is an opportunity to improve quality. KCA works positively with Melbourne Water and they appear to be increasingly aware of the recreational value of the creek.
Green Army – There are several projects commencing over the coming months along the creek reserve. These projects will include path restoration, plantings near Seaford Station, mulching and improved track access via removal of overhanging vegetation. The path north of Mile Bridge to Eel Race Road will not become like the section south of the bridge. It will, however, become more accessible and an easier family walk. There is an opportunity to put in additional rest areas to the north. It is a popular walking trail and we want its use to grow.


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