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Thursday, 28 May 2020

Ferries’ Departure Opens up Opportunities to Revamp Waterfront Place

The Tasmanian Government’s decision to relocate the Spirit of Tasmania ferries to Geelong (see earlier post) provides an outstanding opportunity for the Victorian Government to redevelop the Waterfront Place precinct.

For some time the BCNA has advocated for a planned strategic development of the precinct.

With the two Sprit of Tasmania vessels ceasing to use Station Pier in 2022, the BCNA continues to urge the Victorian Government to recognise the opportunity to make the area a truly liveable gateway to Melbourne and a landmark for all.

The BCNA continues to meet our local MP, the Hon. Martin Foley MP to discuss precinct redevelopment. Mr. Foley has complemented the BCNA on its advocacy. The BCNA believes early action by the Government would also help the recovery of the State’s tourism sector from the crippling impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety at the Beacon Cove Tram Stop

The BCNA has been considering safety in the light of the redevelopment of the Foodstore at 103 Beach Street. Representatives from the BCNA have met Council staff who have been considering ways to do this. Details will be provided once they have been finalised.

Noisy Neighbours

From time to time noisy neighbours can be problem. The Environment Protection Act 1970 states that it is an offence to make ‘unreasonable noise’ from a residence. Noise can be unreasonable if a neighbour can hear it in a habitable room, such as a bedroom.

The EPA has a helpful guide which can be found here.  This guide includes a table which summarises when certain types of noise can be unreasonable.

If you are annoyed by a noisy neighbour, try to talk to them first. They may not be aware that there is a problem.

You can report residential noise to the City of Port Phillip (CoPP). Investigating officers decide if noise is unreasonable. They consider volume, source and intensity, time and place, circumstances, and how long the noise continues. You can also report residential noise, like late night parties, to police.  How to do this is explained here.

Friday, 24 April 2020

Spirit of Tasmania Ferries Moving to Geelong

The owner of the Spirit of Tasmania ferries, the TT-Line Company Pty Ltd, has announced that they will be moving their Victorian port operations from Station Pier to Corio Quay, north of Geelong. The new location is expected to improve efficiencies and allow for expansion in passenger and freight movement over time.

The company cites “significant congestion in the greater port Melbourne area, particularly when cruise ships are in port, that causes delays in loading and discharge of passengers” as a reason for the move and that “these issues will only worsen in the future”.

Further details are shown in the TT-Line press release here.

Our Latest Newsletter is Out

The latest BCNA Newsletter (The Beacon) has not been printed as we are not currently able to do the physical delivery.  So it will be electronic only.

To get it (in PDF form), click on this link.  And please send it onto others in Beacon Cove who may not see our webpage or get the email notification.

It covers:
  • BCNA's role during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • New home for the Tasmanian ferries
  • Reinvestment in the Waterfront Place precinct
  • Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place
  • Air quality monitoring near Station Pier
  • Foodstrore Redevelopment
  • New City of Port Phillip parking management policy
  • BCNA residents' dinners

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Support for Local Food Businesses

The BCNA is encouraging members to support local food businesses by gettings meals delivered or picking them up (ie take away).

The Port Melbourne Business Association (PMBA) has provided a listing of businesses open for pickup or delivery. Here's the list for dinners and here's the list for breakfasts in the area.

Newer businesses may not be shown on the PMBA list.

Foodstore Closed

The Foodstore at 103 Beach Street closed last Friday. This is a blow for the Beacon Cove community. The BCNA tried to get the closure deferred, but this was not possible.

The availability of a local store has become more important now that travel is more restricted. The owners are open to the idea of a short-term tenancy.

The BCNA has approached the Port Melbourne Business Association, the IGA group and the City of Port Phillip about the situation and the availability of the site.

The closing of the Foodstore has another implication - our post box there is no longer accessible. As a result
The BCNA has changed its postal address to:
Private Box 5042, Garden City  Vic  3207

Please ensure any correspondence to the BCNA (eg membership renewals) is sent to the new address.

Cruise Ships Update

VicPorts has continued to provide information about ships at Station Pier so it's worth checking their website on a regular basis if you are interested.

This week's update can be found here.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Beaches Closed

Late on Friday the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) announced that it was closing all beaches from 6pm Friday. Some key points from the announcement were:

"Mayor Bernadene Voss said this difficult decision was taken following large numbers of people gathering at both locations today, with many flouting social distancing rules."

"While people will still be able to access the beaches as a thoroughfare, such as for a run or walking a dog, the closure is aimed at beaches not being used as a gathering place during the COVID-19 crisis. Swimming is allowed at this stage, as long as social distancing and mass gathering rules are obeyed."

Further details can be found on the CoPP website.

Cruise Ships at Station Pier This Weekend

VicPorts has provided information about two new ships arriving at Station Pier this weekend. They are the Pacific Princess and Seabourne Sojourn. Both are enroute to North America. Their last port of call was Fremantle. Both vessels will load provisions, ship stores and take on fuel (bunkering). No passengers or crew will be disembarking.  No crew will be joining the vessels.

More information about the ships and their compliance with biosecurity provisions can be found here.