Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve

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The Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve is located in Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia and occupies approximately 27 hectares of land.[1] There are entrances to the reserve located on Allison Road, Canadian Bay Road, Two Bays Road and Station Street near the Moorooduc Railway Station.

History[edit]

Rock was quarried using explosives, loaded into dobbin carts and taken to a steam powered crusher. The resulting crushed stone was loaded into larger carts and transported to the Mornington railway line via a spur-line.

  • 1887 - The Moorooduc quarry was established by David Munro.
  • 1888 - A spur-line was built from the quarry to the site which is now Moorooduc station to transport stone and ballast for the construction of a branch line between Baxter and Mornington.
  • 1923 - The Frankston - Hastings Shire Council purchased the site. Stone from the quarry continued to be used for ballasting railway lines and other uses including building, road construction and repairs to the Mornington Reservoir.
  • 1927 - Electricity was introduced and the steam powered crusher which used local timber for fuel was superseded by an electrical crusher.
  • 1935 - The cartage of stone by rail was replaced with trucks.
  • 1950s - Stone from Moorooduc quarry featured in houses built in Gulls Way, designed by David Chancellor and W. Rex Patrick.[3]
  • 1961 - The quarry was closed due to flooding. Continuing to fill with water the quarry became a popular swimming spot.
  • 1973 - Frankston Council designated the area a Flora and Fauna Reserve.
  • 1986 - The movie Frog Dreaming was filmed at the site of the quarry.

After a period of neglect community interest transformed the site into a beautiful nature reserve, one of the best on the Mornington Peninsula.

Current status[edit]

The Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve is located within the boundaries of the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve.

There are several walking tracks throughout the reserve. One track encircles the high cliffs of the quarry and another the lake at the base of the cliffs. Following the path from Station Street will take you past ruins of an explosives store. Rock climbing and abseiling were quite popular in the reserve but is now strictly prohibited.

An Australian Government report shows that the Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve failed to receive Australian Heritage status:

  • List: Register of the National Estate
  • Class: Natural
  • Legal Status: Rejected Place
  • Place ID: 5822
  • Place File No: 2/18/023/0002
  • Statement of Significance: Not of sufficient significance to warrant entry in the Register.[1]

A copy of the report can be found in the Australian Heritage Database.

Flora[edit]

Four species of Eucalyptus and four species of Acacia dominate the reserve. Most botanically significant is the diversity and abundance of indigenous native grasses and wildflowers. More than thirty species of orchids have been documented in the reserve. Several of these are classified as of State or Regional Significance.

Flora found in the reserve:

Fauna[edit]

At least 45 native species of birds have been recorded as breeding in the reserve and many other species visit to feed or rest. Waterbirds are often seen on the quarry lake. Several bat species have been recorded and (supposedly) rare sightings of koalas. The quarry lake and surrounding ponds and dams are home to small to microscopic aquatic creatures and various frogs.

Birds found in the reserve:[5]

Mammals found in the reserve:

Reptiles found in the reserve:

Environmental issues[edit]

Environmental weeds pose a serious threat to the survival of native flora and fauna in the reserve. Erosion is another issue of concern. Regeneration and revegetation works are slowly overcoming this problem.[1]

Pest plants found in the reserve:

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Coordinates: 38°12′16.73″S 145°06′34.75″E / 38.2046472°S 145.1096528°E / -38.2046472; 145.1096528