Events for your Diary

December
Sat 15: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet

January
Sat 12: 9-10am, 3207 Beach Patrol
Sat 19: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet

February
Sat 2: 9-10am, 3207 Beach Patrol
Sat 16: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet

March
Sun 3: 9-10am, 3207 Beach Patrol (Clean Up Australia Day)
Sat 16: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet

Latest News

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Foodstore Redevelopment - Briefing Session - Tuesday 18 December


103 Beach Street, Proposed Northern (Beach Street) Elevation

The developers of 103 Beach Street (the Beacon Cove Foodstore) have arranged a consultation session on their plans for the site which have been lodged with the City of Port Phillip (CoPP). The plans and other planning documents (application 673/2015/A) can be downloaded here.

The consultation session will be held on Tuesday 18 December from 8:30am to 10:00am at Mr Hobson on Station Pier. Light breakfast (coffee and pastry) will be provided during this time.

Changes from the earlier plans include:
  • Redesign of the approved development, amending materials finishes, design and layout.
  • Increasing the number of storeys from three to four.
  • Increase in height of the building from 13.5m to 15.9m.
  • Reduction of the number of dwellings from 14 to 12.
  • Rearrangement of the approved basement car park.
  • The total number of spaces would be reduced from 34 spaces to 30 spaces.
  • Removal of car parking within northern setback of the site due to increase in footprint of building.
  • Reduction in the height of the soffit over the shared bike path from 5m to 4m.
Some key points that have already been identified by one of our members and may be of interest to BCNA members are:
  • It's not entirely clear but it appears that direct supermarket entry will be only from Waterfront Place (ie no direct access to the carpark on Beach Street) or walking through the cafe from one end to the other. See plan TP-151 for details.
  • The removal of car parking within northern setback of the site will result in the removal of 11 or 12 parking spaces from the car park. It currently has capacity of 25 car spaces - 21 perpendicular and 4 parallel - and plan TP-101 seems to show 10 or 11 perpendicular car spaces and 3 parallel spaces.
  • The new plan is for six apartments on the first level, four on the second, and two on the third.
  • Compared to the previous plan there seems to be a tiny bit more overshadowing at the winter solstice up to about 11am and from about 3pm onwards, rest of time similar (the previous plan had a lot more overshadowing than there is with current building).
If you are planning to attend the consultations session, for catering purposes would you please RSVP to secretary@beaconcove.org.au by Sunday 16 December.


103 Beach Street, Proposed Southern (Bay/Pier) Elevation

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Bay Street Festival - This Friday


This is a last minute reminder that the Bay Street Festival is on tomorrow (or today if you're reading this by the email notification).  That is Friday 30 November.

It runs from 5 to 9pm and has Christmas windows, Santa, Disney princesses, Santa, a schools choirs competition, a jazz parade, a celebration concert, and a Santa Paws parade (bring your puppies).

More details can be found here.

Graffiti Management Plan 2019-24

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) is currently seeking feedback to develop a new Graffiti Management Plan that will meet the evolving needs and expectations of the community and Council.

The Graffiti Management Plan will provide direction for the:
  • Removal and management of graffiti across the city
  • Implementation of community focussed programs that contribute to minimising occurrences of graffiti
  • Provision of opportunities for people to participate in more legitimate forms of public art.
Click here for more details and/or to provide your feedback.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Election Pledges Affecting Beacon Cove - Update

Back in September the BCNA met with the main local candidates for the state election and asked them to comment on key issues of importance to Beacon Cove residents (air quality monitoring, low sulphur fuel for ships using Station Pier, and Waterfront Place). On the 12th November we published the responses we had received by that time.

At the time we had not received a response from Ogy Simic, the Greens candidate. He has now responded and you can find his response here.

Our Latest Newsletter is Out

Volunteers are currently dropping copies of our newsletter in mailboxes throughout Beacon Cove. It covers a number of topics including:
  • Air Quality Monitoring at Station Pier
  • Mandatory Use of Ultra-low Sulphur Fuel for Ships at Station Pier
  • Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place
  • Victorian Ports Corporation Planning for Station Pier
  • Reinvestment in the Waterfront Place Precinct
  • Beacon Cove Foodstore Redevelopment
  • BCNA Social Events
For those who would like an electronic copy, it can be downloaded here.

JL Murphy Reserve: Play Space

The 2012 JL Murphy Reserve Master Plan recommends the play space should be updated with a new playground that is better positioned within the reserve and to develop natural play spaces that connect with the playground and other key elements within the reserve.

Feedback from the initial consultation has been collated and has been used to inform the draft concept design for the upgrade and your comments are sought. Details on this are available here.

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) will collate your comments and use it to direct the final concept design which they will present for comment in early 2019. For more information contact the Open Space team on 9209 6777.

BCNA Webmaster Recognised

The BCNA Committee believes that one of the reasons for the steady growth in membership over time is the news and information shown on our website. John Whittington, a BCNA member, maintains the website and runs the popular email news service. John’s efforts were formally recognised at the recent AGM.


Photo courtesy Bernadene Voss, from left John Whittington, Bill Fisher, and Eddie Micallef

The BCNA often receives compliments about the website and this is due to John’s work. Thank you, John.

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.