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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Navy Visit with a Sunset Gun Salute

We have just been told by the Victorian Ports Corporation that HMAS Warramunga will be berthed on the outer west of Station Pier this Friday.

She will fire a volley of blank cartridges for sunset. Two volleys will be fired in training at approximately 3:30–4pm and a third volley will be fired at an official reception that will be held on-board at 7:30pm.

Another (closer) State Election Candidates Forum

Thanks to Janet Bolitho, I've just been made aware of another candidates forum which is a bit closer to Beacon Cove, albeit focussed on Southbank and Montague residents.

6:30-8:30pm, Tuesdeay 30 October
Boyd Community Hub (Assembly Hall), 207 City Road, Southbank

The candidates participating:
Martin Foley - Labor
Andrew Bond - Liberal
Ogy Simic - Greens

This event will be moderated by the politically astute, Walkely award-winning journalist, former City of Melbourne and City of Manningham Councillor and founder of Crikey.com, Stephen Mayne.

Tea and coffee is available from 6pm, for a 6.30pm event start.

This free community event is an initiative of the Southbank Residents Association.

More information and bookings can be found here.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

State Election Candidates Forum

Forum.org.au is arranging a forum with the candidates for the Albert Park electorate in the forthcoming state election on Saturday 24 November.

6:30-8:30pm, Monday 29 October
Alex Theatre, 135 Fitzroy St, St Kilda (formally The George)

This is a free event, no tickets, no registration, just turn up. Questions can be submitted in advance at https://forum.org.au/questions/. For further details go to www.forum.org.au.

The candidates:
Martin Foley - Labor
Andrew Bond - Liberal
Ogy Simic - Greens
Tamasin Ramsay - Animal Justice
Jarryd Bartle - Reason
Steven Armstrong - Sustainable Australia

As far as we know there won't be any similar forum in Beacon Cover or Port Melbourne this election - although there was the Transport Forum that told you about back in September.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Final plans for Fishermans Bend Released



The BCNA Committee is pleased to see that the Victorian Government has finally released the long term plan to guide the development of Fishermans Bend (14MB) and protect it from over-development. The Framework is supported by new planning controls developed following extensive public consultation and further supported by an infrastructure funding plan.

A smaller (1MB) "fact sheet" can be downloaded here.

Next year the precinct plans will be developed to provide fine grain detail to stamp the individual character of the separate neighbourhoods.

More information such as a video, planning controls, media announcements, public engagement report and other supporting material can be found at www.fishermansbend.vic.gov.au/framework.

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.