Who We Are

BERG MM is a passionate, all-volunteer, friends’ group formed in 1987 to save the Balcombe Estuary and Reserves from development and to rehabilitate it to its pre-European state, where possible.  Our aims have been to:

  • remove plants that are not indigenous to the area
  • plant indigenous plants and trees in their place
  • monitor and protect the health of the waterways
  • educate and communicate the value of this work to the local community
  • engage the local community to support the work we do

 

BERG MM has over 450 members, 110 Active Volunteers (spending 4,900 hours in 2018) and many Business Partners.  With the major support of Mornington Peninsula Shire and Melbourne Water, we have largely completed the restoration process of the bushland reserves and we are now engaged in maintaining the bushland reserves and extending our environmental work to the surrounding natural environment.

Our new vision is:

To preserve the Balcombe Estuary and surrounding natural environment through community engagement, passionate volunteerism and  best practice habitat management

Our current major aims are to:

  • gain an Environmental Significance Overlay over the whole of the reserves
  • stop the sediment flowing into the estuary
  • double our membership by better engaging with the local community
  • achieve a single-use plastic bag-free Mt Martha
  • be the ‘go to’ organisation for environmental matters in Mt Martha

 

What We Do

 Our main activities are:

  • bushland preservation (weeding and planting)
  • working with the Shire to reduce sedimentation
  • monitoring water quality for Melbourne Water
  • working with local schools to educate children about the environment
  • working with the community to create a plastic-free Mt Martha
  • providing environmental education sessions for members and the community
  • communicating and engaging the local community to support the work we do
  • seeking and administering grants from government bodies, environmental supporters and business partners and seeking donations from members to further our work
  • having high quality morning teas wherever possible!

Our Committee

BERG Mt Martha is an incorporated body run by a Committee of Management.  The Committee, which meets monthly, comprises 4 elected officers and up to 10 elected ordinary members. Elections are held at the AGM, generally in October.

Patron:
Terry Denton

Officers:
President: Graham Hubbard
Vice President: Peter McMahon
Secretary: Di Lewis
Treasurer: Julie Zammit

Committee Members:
Liz Barraclough OAM – Field Officer
Sue Milton – WaterWatch and Estuary Watch Coordinator
Angela Kirsner – Newsletter Editor
Barbara Thraves – Community Awareness Group Coordinator
Bronwyn Street – Philanthropy Coordinator
Suzanne Ryan – Coastal Group Coordinator
Bruce Ferres – Member-at-large

Other Group Coordinators:
Jenny Selby – Schools Program, Tuesday Group working bee
David Street – Friday Group working bee
Graham Hubbard – Sedimentation Action Group
Peter McMahon – Environmental Significance Overlay Group
Bev Fryer – Membership Secretary
Richard Kirsner – Website
Barry Morris – Publicity
Tamara Keyte – Facebook, Instagram

Our Business Partners:
Mount Martha Community Bank
Bonaccorde
Complete Colour
Rotary Club of Mt Martha
Akarba
Bunnings Mornington
Complete Step
Danckert Real Estate
Mornington Peninsula Gardening
Mount Martha Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic
Mount Martha Veterinary Clinic
Mount Martha Village Clinic
South Sea Shacks
Terry Bateman Pharmacy
Volpino
Warlimont & Nutt