Wildlife Protection on the Peninsula

If you live on the Mornington Peninsula, you would have undoubtedly seen the wide variety of native animals around. From kangaroos to cockatoos, we live amongst a thriving indigenous ecosystem. However, there are many dangers to these creatures, especially our busy roads. Many nights when I drive home, I see a lovely family of kangaroos that linger too close to the road.

So what can we do if we come across an animal in distress? Fortunately, there are several people and organisations putting themselves out there, willing to come to assistance. I have compiled a list of contacts who can come to your assistance in the case of an animal emergency.

 

Jenny Bryant – Koala rescue

0417 395 883

Jenny is known in the local area as the koala woman – the best person to call when coming across a koala that has been hit by a car, or otherwise appears injured. If you come across a koala that has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, the best thing to do is give Jenny a call and wait with the animal to make sure it doesn’t come to any further harm.

W.H.O.M.P. – Wildlife Help On the Mornington Peninsula

0417 380 687

W.H.O.M.P. is the number to call for any animal emergencies, at any hour in the Westernport region.

 

Animalia Shelter

0435 822 699

Animalia Shelter is another organisation for all sorts of wildlife, available for emergencies at all hours. They will offer advice as well as come to help any animals that you find.

 

The Snake Catcher

0408 067 062 or 03 5975 0481

If you find a snake somewhere it ought not be, Barry and Karen are the people to help you out. They have a great amount of experience catching and relocating snakes.

 

In a non-emergency circumstance, Wildlife Victoria has a 24 hour hotline to give advice and answer questions regarding our native animals. 13000 94535

These numbers are definitely worthwhile saving into your phone for those unexpected situations. It’s great to be prepared any time to help protect our beautiful native fauna.

Please send us any photos of any furry or scaly local friends you see out and about!

 

Mother’s Day Classic

Mother’s Day is approaching, and what better way to celebrate than to take your mum on a fun run raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation? The event is held in many locations and offers different participation options to accommodate for varying fitness levels.

https://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/

The Mother’s Day Classic is a fitness and fundraising event that has been ongoing for 22 years and so far has raised over $35 million for the NBCF. What a wonderful thing to be a part of!

You can forms teams with your friends, family, workmates or other groups. Fundraising is encouraged, and there is merchandise available online. One of the most important things to do is dress up in as much pink as you can find! There is just something about seeing hundred of men, women and children embracing the spirit of the event that makes you really feel a part of something special.

The Balnarring-Somers event begins at the Coolart Wetlands and Homestead and offers a 4km walk, a 4km run and an 8km run. The walk goes through the wetlands and park and is suitable for most fitness levels. Both runs will go through the surrounding roads and the paddocks in the homestead. My team and I will be splitting between the 4km walk and the 4km run and meeting up again at the end.

The Flinders event departs from the Flinders Yacht Club and has the option of 4.5km walk, 4.5km run or 9km run. The Flinders walk and runs both follow a course that wind above the cliffs of Flinders, offering spectacular views of the ocean.

For those wanting to support the cause, but unable to attend the event, you can either sponsor a participating friend or family member, or else donate directly to the NBCF through this link:

https://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/how-to-donate/

I hope to see some of you at the Balnarring-Somers event! Send us any fun photos from the event, wherever you participate.

Active April

If you’re looking for something to spice up your fitness routine, now is the perfect time! Take advantage of the Premier’s Active April initiative. Active April is a program that is run every year, by the Victorian Government to promote healthy and active lifestyles.

Welcome to Premier’s Active April

You can register online, or download the app to your mobile phone. Once you have registered, the program will list all the participating local facilities and events. Participants receive passes to local fitness centres, exclusive invitations to fitness-related events, and a large variety of discounts for entrance to participating businesses, ranging from Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium to Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

If you are a Hastings local, Somerville Health and Fitness Studio is offering a free 10 day Recreation Pass to all Active April participants. This includes swims, group fitness classes and use of the gym. So even if you’re already a visitor to our gym here at the Hastings clinic, you could still take advantage of this deal to diversify your fitness interests. So far, I have used my participation in Active April to add lap swimming back into my fitness regime.

Using the website or app, you can record your activities to monitor your progress – and help achieve that 30 minutes of exercise a day! You can also form teams with your friends and family, if you want to add a competitive edge.

Another perk that has been added this year is the Get Active Workout Program, which provides various instructional videos for home-based workouts, which don’t require any equipment.

So what are you waiting for? Register now for your most active April yet!

Saana