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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Rainbow Warrior Open Day at Station Pier - This Sunday

Greenpeace's flagship The Rainbow Warrior will be visiting Station Pier this weekend.

It will only open to the public for one day on Sunday 18 November. Thre will be free tours and onshore activities.

For more details or to book a tour, click here.

Update on Traffic Management at Station Pier

We have recently received the following information from the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) which you may find of interest.

The extended traffic management plan (TMP) to be implemented at the Waterfront Place, Princes Street and Beach Street roundabout to include traffic controllers is part of a trial. This will be implemented on cruise ship turnaround visits that coincide with a double sailing by TT- Line between 5:30 am to 9 am on single-double and 6:30 am to 9:30 am on double-double sailing days.

Although, Council is aware queueing occurs during some evening periods on cruise shipping days, Council has identified the morning peak period to be the critical period. 

Existing signage along Todd Road for vehicles travelling southbound towards Williamstown Road advises drivers to turn left onto Williamstown Road as continuing along Todd Road is for LOCAL ACCESS ONY. The preferred route for trucks is Todd Road – Williamstown Road – Graham Street – Bay Street – Beach Street.

On critical cruise shipping days in December 2018 and January 2019, as part of the extended TMP, Variable Message Signs (VMS) trailers will be temporarily installed proximate to:
  • The intersection of Todd Road and Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne and
  • The intersection Rouse Street and Bay Street, Port Melbourne.
VMS will advise drivers, trucks can only access Waterfront Place from Beach Street via Bay Street. The effectiveness of the trail will be monitored during and after the 2018/19 shipping season.

City of Port Philip Heritage

It has been brought to our attention (after the event) that the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) had a Heritage Here and Now consulttion in May/June of this year.

According to the CoPP, the consultation confirmed that there are differing views between those places identified as gaps by Council in the PPHR (Port Phillip Heritage Register) and those raised as concerns by the community. The community groups recognise heritage as constantly changing and to them, significance is informed by a range of environmental, social and economic factors, not just the architectural quality of a building or place. Additionally, the consultation highlighted the limits of the planning system in recognising the social value of these buildings. The full results of that engagement can be found here.

To prevent the demolition of places of social value in the future, the Heritage Program is seeking to introduce a range of measures to better align Council’s heritage provisions with community value. Strategic planning work to strengthen the policy and controls is already underway.

There are two upcoming pieces of engagement as part of this strategic work. The first in Jan/Feb 2019 is with heritage focus groups on the new framework of the Thematic Environment History. A wider public consultation will take place around May 2019 for the updated heritage policy and controls. The CoPP have indicated that members of BCNA will be very welcome to participate in both and we are assured that this time they will advise us prior to the consultations.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Election Pledges Affecting Beacon Cove

The BCNA has met four (of the six) candidates standing for Albert Park to discuss our request 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 are attempting to meet the remaining candidates.

The candidates’ responses are as follows:
  • Martin Foley, Andrew Bond and Tamasin Ramsay support air quality monitoring at Station Pier.  
  • Tamasin Ramsay supports the mandated use of 0.1% sulphur in fuel for all ships using Station Pier. Andrew Bond is prepared to advocate for the lower standard with the Commonwealth Government which has responsibility.
  • Martin Foley and Tamasin Ramsay support reinvestment in the Waterfront Place precinct.  Andrew Bond would be happy to investigate any proposal put forward by Council as Council is the Responsible Authority for all areas other than Station Pier.
To see the detailed responses, just click on the names here: Martin Foley (Labor), Andrew Bond (Liberal)Tamasin Ramsay (Animal Justice).

Ogy Simic, the Greens candidate, had not responded by the deadline for this post. We will post his response when it is received.

Friday, 2 November 2018

BCNA AGM Report



The BCNA AGM was held last night (Thursday) with 33 members attending.  Both the Mayor of the City of Port Phillip (CoPP), Bernadene Voss, and our state member of Parliament, Martin Foley, gave short presentations and answered members' questions.

Some key points from the presentations that may be of interest to those who did not attend were:
  • There will be a breakfast forum with the candidates for the Albert Park electorate in the forthcoming state election. It will be held on Wednesday 7th November at Mr Hobsons on Station Pier. More details and registration details can be found here.
  • The two Spirit of Tasmania ships are to be replaced by bigger, cleaner, versions in 2021. More details can be found here and here.
  • Apparently the architect and proposed design of the Beacon Cove Foodstore redevopment has been changed and the CoPP has been advised that they now intend to plan to the full height allowance of ~19m, some metres taller than the original proposal. More details to come...
  • If residents want to receive the CoPP Council Meeting agendas each week, then email H6@portphillip.vic.gov.au and your email will be included on the distribution list.
  • Residents can sign up at https://haveyoursay.portphillip.vic.gov.au/ to be sent notices about the topics on which CoPP is currently seeking consultation.  Beacon Cove residents are encouraged to sign up and contribute to ensure that feedback is balanced across the whole City of Port Phillip.
Questions covered in the meeting included topics such as the increasing amount of plastics (and other waste) on our beaches, fortnightly rubbish collections, what is happening to the waste transfer station, motorcycle noise, how to stop destruction of historic pubs etc (eg the London), and how are rates determined.

Following the presentations our President, Eddie Micallef, presented his annual President's Report (download here), the annual accounts were presented and approved, and a Committee elected for the coming year.

Congratulations (and thanks!) to Eddie Micallef (President), Pam Montgomery (VP), Bill Fisher (Hon Sec), Roger Joyce (Hon Treas), Grant Aldous, Geoff Lord, Greg Mate, Robyn McKenna, Richard Nowotny, and Julie Simpkin, for volunteering to help and being elected.

Draft Minutes of the meeting will be sent to BCNA members in the next month.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Supreme Court Rules Minister’s ‘Call In’ for 1-7 Waterfront Place is Lawful

On Monday 22 October 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the Minister for Planning’s ‘call in’ for 1-7 Waterfront Place is lawful. The developer had objected stating that the Minister’s call in was not given in time before the VCAT hearing set down for 30 July 2018. The Supreme Court’s ruling means that the Minister’s request stands. The decision can be appealed.

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 ‘calling in’ by the Minister was supported by the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM), the City of Port Phillip, the TT-Line, the tourism industry, the BCNA and The Hon. Martin Foley, MP.

If the decision is not appealed, the Minister will establish an Advisory Committee to provide advice on use of the site.

The BCNA believes that the site should be considered by the VPCM to improve the functioning of the area. Port operations would be better protected if there was no residential development at 1-7 Waterfront Place. There is an Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO 4) over the land near Station Pier (1-7 Waterfront Place, 101 Beach Street and 103 Beach Street). The overlay, which is part of the Port Phillip Planning Scheme, manages potential conflicts between land in the port environs and the adjoining Port of Melbourne.

Reminder of BCNA AGM - Next Thursday

Just reminding BCNA members that the 2018 AGM is next Thursday at 6:30pm in the Sandridge Community Centre and Trugo Club, Garden City Reserve. The Guest Speaker will be Bernadene Voss, Mayor of the City of Port Phillip and a brief report will be provided by The Hon. Martin Foley, MP.

Financial members of BCNA were emailed the Notice of Meeting with links to the agenda and other papers on the 1st October. If you can't find the email please contact the Honorary Secretary at secretary@beaconcove.org.au.

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.