2.4 STRUCTURES AND UTILITIES
Existing structures on Herring Island reflect past usage of the Island by the Victorian Scouts Association. The largest structure on Herring Island is the Scout dormitory building, erected in 1965. Although extensively vandalised, this solid brick building is structurally sound, and offers potential for sensitive redevelopment as an interpretations shelter. There would also be sufficient space in the building for storage of planting equipment, obviating the need for ferrying this across to Herring Island. As well as general refurbishment, security of this building requires urgent attention to prevent further vandalism.
A corrugated iron shower shed is located in the north-east corner, and an old pump-house along the eastern levee, both of which are no longer in use. These structures have no particular historical value, and detract from the natural character of Herring Island and will be removed.
Other minor structures include a power pole which once connected electricity supply from the mainland; two other poles on the eastern bank; and steps on the northern and south-eastern banks. An SEC easement bisects the northern section of Herring Island. At some time in the future there may be a need for electricity supply to the island.
A reticulated water system on the Island currently services the showers and kitchens within the Scout Building. The system will be upgraded where necessary to provide water on the island.
Existing access points on Herring Island itself are unsuitable for docking most river craft, and virtually inaccessible for people with limited mobility. Future landing facilities should be staged to cater for a range of river craft, from canoes and dinghies to larger river ferries.
Structures on Herring Island should be kept to a minimum, and retained only if there is no alternative, or if they are required to fulfil the management objectives. Structures should be designed to have minimal adverse impact on the conservation and recreation values of Herring Island. Design should preferably minimise maintenance requirements, including potential for vandalism.
A small information shelter should be located near the access point on Herring Island. This would include a map of Herring Island, indicating the Interpretation Centre and other major features, and information concerning appropriate usage of Herring Island. Similar signage should also be provided at mainland access points.
To design facilities in such a manner as to minimise maintenance and vandalism.
Maintain all required structures and facilities to meet appropriate safety and aesthetic standards and reduce their visual impact.
Refurbish the Scout building in consultation with the Department of Conservation and Environment, Landscape and Architectural Services staff to provide shelter, interpretation and limited storage facility.
Remove unnecessary structures (shower block, SEC poles, pumphouse) from the Island and restore these areas.
Investigate the need for electricity supply to Herring Island and the most suitable means for provision of this service.
Herring Island's bush character provides opportunities for passive recreation and adventure play
(Photograph: Noel Ryan).