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Sunday, 23 September 2018

BCNA Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Annual General Meeting for the BCNA will be held at the Sandridge Community Centre and Trugo Club, Garden City Reserve on Thursday 1 November 2018 at 6pm. The meeting will commence at 6:30pm. Reports and the annual financial statement for BCNA will be presented. The election of office bearers will occur.

The Guest Speaker will be Bernadene Voss, Mayor of the City of Port Phillip. A brief report will be provided by The Hon. Martin Foley, MP. Financial members of BCNA will be sent the Agenda and papers in the next few weeks.

Air Quality Monitoring to Commence

The EPA has agreed to commence air quality monitoring near Station Pier. This arrangement is temporary as the equipment may need to be used for emergency air quality incidents. The commencement of monitoring is in response to a BCNA request to the Minister for the Environment, The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, MP and representations to The Hon. Martin Foley, MP.

The BCNA continues to request long term air quality monitoring at Station Pier.

Monitoring at Station Pier in 2016/17 by the Victorian Ports Corporation (VPC) revealed elevated levels of sulphur dioxide comparted to nearby EPA monitoring stations at Footscray and Altona North. Also, the annual average PM2.5 value of 8.4 µg/m3 exceeded the 8.0 µg/m3 level specified in the State Environment Protection Policy (Ambient Air Quality) standard.

The EPA has encouraged academics from Deakin University and the Queensland University of Technology to undertake air quality monitoring projects at Station Pier. The BCNA will provide details once these are finalised.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Election Issues for the BCNA

The BCNA has met with and briefed the known candidates for Albert Park on issues important for this community. They are The Hon. Martin Foley, MP (ALP), Andrew Bond (Liberal) and Ogy Simic (Greens). Other candidates will be contacted once they are known.

Our requests are for a long-term air quality monitoring program at Station Pier; the introduction of low sulphur marine fuel for ships using Station Pier; and the need for the Victorian Government to reinvest in the Waterfront Place precinct. We provided the attached statements to explain our requests on air quality, low sulphur marine fuel and reinvestment in the Waterfront Place precinct.

We encourage members to contact the candidates to support the BCNA position. We will report on each candidate’s commitments on our issues up until the election. The BCNA will also use media opportunities to explain our position.

Station Pier Redevelopment Survey

A few weeks ago we highlighted that The Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) is running community workshops to hear community views about the redevelopment of Station Pier and the near area.

They are also seeking community views through a survey. The BCNA encourages all members to complete the short survey which can be found here.

And whilst we're at it, here's a reminder that the final workshop is being held on Wednesday 26 September from 6-8 pm at the Mr Hobson restaurant. Please RSVP by 5pm on Friday 21 September if you can attend. Further details can be found here.

Piers Festival 2018 - Saturday 6 October



This year’s Piers Festival will be held on Saturday 6th October from 11.30am to 4pm on Station Pier. Please note the change from Princes Pier where it has been held in the past.

The festival brings to life the pivotal role the Pier in Victoria’s growth as a gate-way to diversity of cultures that enrich our community. Further details (and a reminder that you can put on the fridge) can be found here.

Illegal Parking in Beacon Cove

Illegal parking (where the vehicle overstays the permitted time) occurs in streets in Beacon Cove. It is a particular problem for residents near Station Pier.

The BCNA recommends that residents report illegal parking to the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) on 9209 6777 from 7am to 11pm on weekdays and weekends. Follow the prompts to ‘parking enquiries’, ‘parking fines and tickets’, ‘all other enquiries’) to speak to a CoPP officer who will arrange for a Parking Officer to assess the situation. This action will assist the CoPP to develop more accurate records on the extent of the problem. In time, this should lead to better policies to discourage illegal parking.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

State Election Transport Forum - 13 September

Sorry about the late notice on this - we only just found out ourselves.

This pre-election forum on transport issues will hear from candidates in the forthcoming November state election including:
  • Martin Foley MP, Albert Park MLA 
  • Andrew Bond (Liberal candidate for Albert Park) and 
  • Ogy Simic (Greens candidate for Albert Park).
It will be held at Port Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday 13 September from 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm.

The forum is an opportunity to put questions to the candidates and hear their answers directly.
It’s a free event but RSVP is recommended.  More details are available here.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Workshop on Future Plans for Station Pier

The Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) has informed us that they will be holding three workshops to discuss future plans for Station Pier and the precinct.

These will be held at Mr Hobson (9 Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne) on the following dates:
28 August – 10am-12 noon
(RSVP by Friday 24 August - yes that's yesterday for those who get this on email but we only just got told so hopefully Monday will do!)
12 September – 3-5pm (RSVP by Friday 7 September)
26 September – 6-8pm (RSVP by Friday 21 September)

RSVPs should be directed to rob.nyaguy@newgatecomms.com.au or just call 9611 1800.

A flyer with more information can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Minister ‘Calls In’ Planning Application for 1-7 Waterfront Place

The Minister for Planning, the Hon Richard Wynne MP, has ‘called in’ the planning application for 1-7 Waterfront Place. The ‘calling in’ was supported by the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM), the City of Port Phillip (CoPP), the TT-Line, the tourism industry, the BCNA and the Hon Martin Foley, MP.

The Minister’s letter states that the reason for calling in is that the application raises “…a major issue of policy, and determination of the proceeding may have a substantial effect on the achievement or development of planning objectives”.

The developer of the site has objected to the call-in. The matter is now likely to be heard in the Supreme Court later this year. If the Minister’s call in is successful, the matter would be referred to an Advisory Committee.

The BCNA believes the call in would be a good outcome for the community, if it proceeds. Port operations would be better protected if there was no residential development at 1-7 Waterfront Place. The VPCM would then be able to plan to use the site to improve the functioning of the area. This is important as cruise ships visits, visitors as well as domestic freight and passenger transport services provide benefits to the Victorian economy. At the same time, the local community avoids a ten-storey building which would have overshadowed the foreshore and the additional traffic created from 174 apartments plus two retail premises.

The VPCM has been allocated $5.8 million in the recent State Government budget for planning for domestic ferry and cruise ship operations.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

New Fishermans Bend Secondary School Consultation Opens 23 July

We now have some more information on the new secondary school planned for Fishermans Bend which we first highlighted here.

The 2018-19 State Budget allocated $3.8 million to plan a new secondary school in Fishermans Bend. The new school will be a vertical building, located at 477 Graham Street, Port Melbourne. The Victorian School Building Authority is now seeking community input to help shape the school designs.

From Monday 23 July to Monday 13 August a web page will be available at engage.vic.gov.au/fishermans-bend-secondary-school where you can provide your views.

You can also attend one of the following drop-in workshops:

Wednesday 1 August, anytime between 6pm - 7.30pm
Port Melbourne Colts Junior Football Club, J.L Murphy Reserve
Corner Williamstown Road and Graham Street, Port Melbourne

Friday 3 August, anytime between 3pm - 5pm
Port Melbourne Primary School
415 Graham Street Port Melbourne

A summary for your fridge can be downloaded here.

For further information, please visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au or email vsba@edumail.vic.gov.au.