Media Release

12 Mar 2016 3:04 PM - Hooded Plovers


Media Contact: Hayley McNaughton 0424 753 775 | hayley.mcnaughton@minstaff.vic.gov.au

Saturday, 12 March, 2016

PROTECTING MORNINGTON PENINSULA’S THREATENED SPECIES

The Andrews Labor Government has moved to protect and preserve Mornington Peninsula’s National Park by

implementing a ban to dogs from 1 November 2016.

In 2013, Parks Victoria restricted dog walking to only 14.5km of the entire 42km national park coastline area,

paired with increased dog prohibition.

Last year, Parks Victoria carried out review of dog access which resulted in additional compliance in the park as

ongoing impacts to fauna and the Hooded Plover was clearly demonstrated.

Since further dog restrictions were introduced in 2013, Hooded Plover breeding has been markedly unsuccessful

with only 5 chicks fledging from a total of 245 eggs during the 2 breading seasons.

Victoria’s park network plays a vitally important role in conserving nature, including providing habitats for ninetyone

percent of the state’s 306 listed rare and threatened terrestrial animal species and ninety percent of

Victoria’s 1,857 listed rare and threatened plant species.

Birdlife Australia monitoring data from the Mornington Peninsula National Parks show that 70% of Hooded Plover

chicks were successfully fledged in areas where dogs are prohibited.

Parks Victoria will work with the community to implement the ban over the coming months leading in to summer.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville

"Even though restrictions were tightened in 2013, sadly we're still seeing a large number of people walking their

dogs in ecologically sensitive areas where Hooded Plovers breed."

“The evidence shows that dogs and Hooded Plovers don’t mix. This ban is the right decision to protect a vulnerable

and threatened species for which the Mornington Peninsula National Park is an important habitat.”