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Wed 16: 7pm, BCNA Dinner
Thu 17: 6pm, BCNA AGM

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Council Candidates’ Forum

With local council elections to be held on 22 October, the BCNA and Port People (www.portpeople.org.au) plan to arrange a forum where candidates for the City of Port Phillip Gateway Ward* will speak about their vision and aspirations for the Ward. This is expected to be held in early October at a venue nearby. More details soon.

*Gateway Ward is the new three-councillor Ward which encompasses Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, and Queens Road and replaces Sandridge Ward, most of Emerald Hill Ward, and some of Junction Ward. For more details of the changes go to this Victorian Electoral Commission web page.

Redevelopment of the London Hotel Site

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has completed a five day hearing on the owner’s application for the redevelopment of the site. This is for an eight storey building comprising a restaurant on the ground floor and seven levels of residences.

The BCNA was an objector to the application as well as the City of Port Phillip (CoPP), a group of residents at “The Anchorage”, and other nearby residents. Objections included overshadowing of nearby residences, privacy of nearby residences, overshadowing of the foreshore in June, a waiver of the requirements for a loading bay which means trucks need to load and unload from the street, and on-site parking for residents and their visitors.

VCAT typically provides written decisions within 4-6 weeks.

Air Quality Monitoring at Station Pier

The Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) has set up an air quality monitoring station at Station Pier to measure sulphur dioxide and particulates. This was done in response to concerns by residents about emissions from ships at Station Pier. Monitoring data will be collected over a year and a report prepared.

Representatives from the BCNA recently met staff from the Environment Protection Agency and the PoMC to discuss the collection of data, additional monitoring, and additional records to help interpret the data.

More details will be provided as the work progresses.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place

BCNA Committee members have discussed the state of the site with the Mayor on several occasions since our last update in May. The advice we have received is that Local Law is not clear enough to take action to encourage a clean-up. As a result, this situation will be included in a review of Local Law, which is to commence later this year. The review is to include consultation with the community, including BCNA.

Update on Fishermans Bend

The latest (July) update from the Fishermans Bend Taskforce (which can be downloaded here) explains proposed work in planning for Fishermans Bend.

Both the BCNA and South Port Urban Responsible Renewal (SPURR) commented on the draft Vision released in May and their submissions can be accessed here:
A final vision statement is to be released in late August. The strategic direction for transport infrastructure, community infrastructure, public space and density will be released in a Fishermans Bend Framework in November. Work is also being undertaken on funding models for the project. Twenty three developments have been approved to date for 7553 dwellings, with twenty four developments under consideration for 7200 dwellings.

New BCNA Committee Members

Three members have joined the committee until the AGM in November. We welcome Geoff Lord, Robyn McKenna and Grant Aldous. These members join the existing committee of Eddie Micallef (President), Roger Joyce (Vice President), Bill Fisher (Secretary & Treasurer), Pam Montgomery, Richard Nowotny and Greg Mate.

Free Music Events

The City of Port Phillip is sponsoring free music events from 20-27 August 2016 across the city. A feature event is being held at the Globe Warehouse, 1 Fennell Street, Port Melbourne on Saturday 20 August at 6 pm. Further information can be found at www.livenlocal.com.au.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Beach Street Queuing Lane Update

On 28 June 2016, the City of Port Phillip endorsed the refined design of the Beach Street Queuing Lane.


A PDF of this plan can be downloaded here.

The tender to complete construction will be released to the public this weekend. It is anticipated the successful contractor will begin work in September, subject to delivering the project within a six week time frame. In addition lighting assets along Beach Street must be relocated within this timeframe by CitiPower. If these timeframes cannot be met, construction will commence in May 2017 to accommodate the cruise ship season.

The scope of works include:
  • Creating a Station Pier lane along Beach Street from Bay Street to the roundabout that will hold queuing traffic at cruise ship times 
  • Utilising the existing pavement space on the foreshore side of Beach Street by altering most of the angle parking to become parallel parking, to make room for the Station Pier lane
  • Adding a lane to the roundabout to create a lane that goes straight through to Station Pier and a one right turn lane, effectively removing congestion from the roundabout
  • Creating an on-road bike lane in both directions on Beach Street
Key project milestones:
  • July – Public Tender process
  • August – Tender close
  • Late August – Appointment of contractor
  • Early September – Contractor begins work (proposed and subject to tender responses)
  • 24 October 2016 – Construction finishes (proposed and subject to tender responses)
  • 25 October 2016 – First Cruise Ship scheduled
More information is available at www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/queuing-lane.htm.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Reminder - London Hotel survey

A reminder that the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) want to better understand what residents value about the London Hotel on the corner of Beach and Swallow Streets. They are collecting information to prepare a comprehensive heritage assessment which will determine the potential for permanent heritage controls for the site.

The survey, accessible here, closes 29 July.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Beach Street Queuing Lane Update

We have received the following update from the City of Port Phillip:

What's happened so far?

In December 2015, four options to reduce traffic congestion were presented to Council. The options were tested throughout December 2015 – February 2016 to determine their effectiveness in reducing congestion. Traffic modelling showed the Queuing Lane option addressed congestion for the majority of peak hour, with the exception of 10 minutes between 7 am - 8 am, where traffic will be delayed by approximately eight minutes.

Council Officers have been working with Civil and Traffic Engineer consultants to design a queuing lane in more detail. 

Subject to a successful tenderer being able to deliver within a six week timeframe, and budget constraints, the redesigned Beach Street Queuing Lane could be completed this calendar year. Alternatively, the construction could commence in May 2017 to accommodate the cruise ship season.

Where to next? 

On 28 June 2016, Council will make a decision on the refined design of the Beach Street Queuing Lane. Subject to Council endorsement, a public tender process for construction will be undertaken. The revised Queuing Lane design will be made available following the Council meeting. The scope of works will include:
  • Creating a Station Pier lane along Beach Street from Bay Street to the roundabout that will hold queuing traffic at cruise ship times 
  • Utilising the existing pavement space on the foreshore side of Beach Street by altering most of the angle parking to become parallel parking, to make room for the Station Pier lane
  • Adding a lane to the roundabout to create a lane that goes straight through to Station Pier and a one right turn lane, effectively removing congestion from the roundabout
  • Creating an on-road bike lane in both directions on Beach Street
The Council Report is available to view on Council's website at www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/june-2016-meetingsagendas.htm.

For more information, please go to www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/queuing-lane.htm.