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.

Terry Denton

President: Peter McMahon
Vice President & Estuary Watch: Bruce Ferres
Secretary: Dianne Lewis
Treasurer & Business Partner Co-ordinator: Julie Zammit

Committee Members:
Liz Barraclough OAM – Field Officer
Sue Milton – WaterWatch  Coordinator
Angela Kirsner – Newsletter Editor
Suzanne Ryan – Coastal Group Coordinator
Graham Hubbard – Marketing

Other Group Coordinators:
Debbie McMahon– Schools Program, Tuesday Group working bee
Peter McMahon – Sedimentation Action Group & Environmental     Significance Overlay Group
Jan Jones – Membership Secretary
Richard Kirsner – Website
Patricia McLeod – Publicity
Tamara Keyte – Facebook, Instagram