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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Waterfront Place - BCNA Seeking Commonwealth Funding from Federal Election Candidates

The BCNA has decided to meet the candidates for Macnamara to seek support for Commonwealth Government funding for the re-development of the Waterfront Place precinct.

As a key part of the national road network, Waterfront Place is an important precinct. The car ferry service to and from Tasmania is a designated part of the national highway network and the only public vehicular link between Tasmania and the mainland.

The steady growth of cruise ships, visitors, and freight has highlighted weaknesses in the local infrastructure. They include:
  • The area often becomes ‘gridlocked’ when cruise ships and the Spirit of Tasmania are at berth -this will only worsen as ship visits and freight movements increase.  
  • Road improvements need to be considered to ensure efficient movement of freight and passengers.
  • There are no designated bus, taxi or ride-share meeting areas for cruise ship visitors.  
  • There is a lack of appropriate shops, services and amenities for visitors.
  • The public realm is ‘run down’ and the area does not present as an inviting place for residents or visitors.
  • Many of the businesses within the precinct are currently vacant or struggling.
Other than Station Pier, the area is the responsibility of the City of Port Phillip. However, the entire area must be considered for Station Pier to operate efficiently. As the precinct includes the national road network, the BCNA contends that the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments should contribute to the cost of redevelopment.

The BCNA has sent a note to candidates for the major parties, namely Kate Ashmor (Liberal), Josh Burns (ALP) and Steph Hodgins-May (Greens). We are arranging to meet each candidate to discuss support for Commonwealth funding. Other candidates may be contacted as they become known.

We encourage members to contact the candidates to support the BCNA position. We will report on each candidate’s response up until the election.

City of Port Phillip Rejects Development at 10 Narooma Place

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) has refused a planning application (1025/2018) which sought “partial demolition, alterations and additions; the construction of a first-floor studio above the existing garage.”

The reasons for the refusal include the scale, form and design of the addition being at odds with the prevailing and preferred character of Narooma Place. More details can be downloaded here.

Residents and the BCNA opposed the development. Further details about the issues and the BCNA’s submission were posted to our website in early March. The applicant may choose to appeal the decision to VCAT. If so, it must be done within 60 days.

Update on Air Quality Monitoring at Station Pier

The BCNA has been seeking a long term, well-designed monitoring program at Station Pier as there are legitimate concerns about air quality.

The Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM) conducted a monitoring program from 2016 to 2018. The most significant finding from the program was that the annual average PM2.5 exceeded the maximum State Environment Protection Policy levels for the two consecutive years that were measured. Exceedance was greater in the second year. Full results are shown here.

In May 2018, the Victorian Government made a commitment to introduce a monitoring program at Station Pier. This is shown in the Air Quality Statement which states (on page 9) that “EPA is working with VicPorts to determine a suitable comprehensive long term program”. Despite several letters to the Minister for the Environment, the BCNA has received no advice about implementation of the Government’s commitment. The BCNA’s request for a monitoring program has been supported by the Hon. Martin Foley MP. Our position was also supported by the City of Port Phillip in a submission to the Victorian Government in June 2018.

Station Pier Redevelopment

In January, the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM) submitted a proposal to the Department of Treasury and Finance for funding the redevelopment of Station Pier.

The BCNA submitted a list of issues that required review to improve the functioning of Station Pier and the precinct. They included traffic flow (adequacy of the queuing lane and the Princes Street roundabout), easy movement of ship passengers from ship to shore, the need for a taxi/bus area for cruise ship visitors, public realm improvements (the whole area is very weather exposed), lack of shops and amenities, parking, and the need to work closely with Melbourne Water so that the storm water drain can be realigned as part of any capital works program.

If VPCM’s budget bid is successful, details will be announced in the Victorian Government’s Budget on 27th May 2019.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Appeal on Minister’s ‘Call In’ for 1-7 Waterfront Place

In October, the Supreme Court made a decision on the Minister for Planning’s ‘call in’ for 1-7 Waterfront Place.  For more information on this judgement and consequences, please refer to what we posted in October.

We have been advised that the Court of Appeal will hear an appeal against this decision on Tuesday 21 May.

One day has been allowed. The appeal is expected to be a technical discussion around the meaning of ‘7 days’ in respect to the notice regarding the call in. Judgement is expected to be later.

Town Planning, Covenants and Dispute Resolution in Beacon Cove

Apologies to those who have seen this item before however, even though we posted on this subject back in 2017, we still get lots of enquiries for assistance and support regarding planning controls and disputes. So to assist those who haven't seen it before I'm reposting the relevant information.

From time to time residents seek advice on how to manage disputes regarding planning applications. The BCNA supports upgrades of properties that comply with the Port Phillip Planning Scheme as this maintains the character and amenity of Beacon Cove. The BCNA has prepared a short guide to assist members in defending their interests. This guide prepared was prepared in 2017and remains relevant.

Fishermans Bend e-News

The State Government is now producing e-News updates on Fishermans Bend.

An example can be downloaded here and you can sign up here.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Election Pledges on Low Sulphur Fuel

The BCNA has met three candidates standing for the Federal seat of Macnamara to discuss our request for the introduction of low-sulphur marine fuel for ships using Station Pier. The candidates are Kate Ashmor (Liberals), Josh Burns (ALP), and Steph Hodgins-May (Greens).

The introduction of low sulphur fuel requires co-operative action between the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

The BCNA is seeking a 0.1% sulphur content for marine fuel for ships berthing at Station Pier. This standard has applied in Sydney Harbour from 2015 and is the same standard that now applies in most of Europe, the North Sea, within 200 nautical miles of most of the North American and Canadian coasts, the United States Caribbean Sea since 1 January 2015, and for ports and inland waterways in Turkey from 2012. We are using this statement to explain our request.

The candidates’ responses are:
  • Steph Hodgins-May supports the mandated use of 0.1% sulphur in fuel for all ships using Station Pier (download detailed response).
  • Kate Ashmor states that the Government actively supports the work of the International Maritime Organisation to reduce airborne emissions, including sulphur and is working closely with shipping operators in Australia to support the transition towards a cleaner shipping sector, and is open to considering data in support of an Emission Control Area (ECA) mandating 0.1% sulphur in fuel that State Government agencies provide (download detailed response).
  • Josh Burns states that most ships visiting Station Pier would now comply with the 0.5% sulphur standard (to apply to ships from 1 January 2020) with the TT-Line (Spirit of Tasmania) to tranisition to low sulphur fuel by the end of the year, and that Labor will work with the BCNA and industry to lower sulphur levels being emitted from ships (download detailed response).
The BCNA will publish updates of the candidates’ responses up to the Federal election. We will attempt to meet new candidates as they become known.

Update on the Foodstore Site

The developer of 103 Beach Street met objectors at a meeting last Monday, 4th March 2019. The meeting, sponsored by Council, was designed to allow the developer to respond to concerns raised and to explore possible solutions. The developer is proposing a four-level building comprising a café and supermarket on the ground floor, underground car park and 12 apartments.

The BCNA wants to see this site developed. Concerns raised by attendees at the meeting included the importance of maintaining parking spaces to the north of the building, two car park entrances, retaining a pedestrian entrance to the building from the car park, height, safe pedestrian and cycle use to the east of the building, and toilet facilities. The developers will now finalise their plans for submission to Council. These will be considered by the Statutory Planning Committee before being considered at a full Council meeting. This is unlikely to occur before May 2019.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Reinvestment in the Waterfront Place Precinct

The BCNA has been advocating for redevelopment of the precinct with The Hon. Martin Foley, MP as the area near Station Pier is not working well for residents and visitors. For example, the area often becomes ‘grid locked’ when cruise ships and the Spirit of Tasmania are at berth. This hinders visitor movements to and from ships as well as freight movement. Taxis often refuse to enter the area when it is grid locked and emergency services vehicles have great difficulty entering the area. The public realm looks ‘run down’ and is not an inviting place for visitors. There is a lack of shops, services and amenities and the area is very weather exposed.

The Port Melbourne Business Association and BCNA have discussed this situation with Council and the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne). All agree that the area requires review and reinvestment.

Planning is being done by the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) to address some of these concerns. However, further investment will be required. This requires co-operative action between the Victorian Government and the City of Port Phillip.

The BCNA advocated for this reinvestment to the candidates standing for the seat of Albert Park at the 2018 election. The Hon. Martin Foley MP supported our request.

BCNA continues to advocate for reinvestment.