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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.
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 Winter Newsletter
Eel Race Pumping Station
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
FOND MEMORIES OF JOAN BOSANKO
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.
Autumn News 2015
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NOTICE OF 2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
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 email@example.com
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.
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.