Mount Eliza Association For Environmental Care(MEAFEC) is a non-profit, voluntary
organisation dedicated to preserving Mount Eliza’s natural heritage, bushland and coastal areas.
Since its inception in 1972, MEAFEC has worked vigorously and constructively at retaining the
natural beauty of Mt Eliza. It seeks to protect the remnant bushland, which supports a diverse range
of plants and animals. Local character can also be achieved when residents value and encourage
plants that occur naturally in the area.
In 1971, initial campaigns were aimed at preventing the sewage overflows at Ranelagh and Kunyung beaches. Then attempts began to preserve the John H. Butler Reserve for passive recreation.
The foundation of Mount Eliza Association for Environmental Care (MEAFEC) commenced the following year when Mrs E. Wayman, the Foundation President and first Life Member, wrote to the Mornington Shire Council in March, asking if trees could be planted between Acheron Avenue over the creek to Rutland Avenue following the joining of these roads.
Following these and other successes MEAFEC initiated proposals to link all odd parcels of land east of Mt Eliza into overall Parkland reserve – including 2 old tip sites, Melbourne Water Trunk Easement, Balcombe Creek, the undeveloped section of Canadian bay Road and Humphries Road, and The Emil Madsden Reserve. This idea was adopted in 1992 by the Mornington Shire and Frankston Council to become the Mount Eliza Regional Park.
MEAFEC has had many other successes over the years and continues to represent residents wishing to preserve the natural beauty of Mount Eliza.
View our Policy and Procedure here.
MEAFEC STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVES
For Mount Eliza, defined by Melway Maps 101,102 and 103 as postcode 3930
Safeguard the natural environment of Mount Eliza and raise awareness of its importance and benefits to the community.
Monitor existing parks, reserves and open spaces (“green areas”) and their potential for environmental improvement; protect these areas from any encroachment; and establish further “green areas” to preserve their natural flora and fauna.
Ensure that all construction activities preserve the natural environment by consultation with local government prior to and during preparation of subdivisions, erections of buildings and other structures, establishing of infrastructure services and forming of streetscapes and pathways.
Work and consult with local government during all stages of conservation and ensure
that each decision reached, or ruling made, will assist and enhance the natural environment.
Encourage and participate in the planting of indigenous site specific plants throughout Mount Eliza including along roadsides and coastlines; discouraging the removal of indigenous site specific vegetation.
Seek affiliation with larger conservation organisations where mutual support is desirable and cooperate with local groups and associations and state-wide bodies with similar aims.
Communicate and learn from conservation organisations and conservationists globally; seek permission to publish articles and invite experts to speak on matters of interest.
Foster a general interest in local flora and fauna.
Endeavour to produce and circulate information amongst members and other interested people; invite members to contribute.
Give members guidance and practical support on conservation and environmental matters