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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Beacon Cove Foodstore Redevelopment at 103 Beach Street

After a long and drawn out unresolved planning process, the IGA & Spuntino Café site has been sold with a planning permit for a three-storey development of similar height to the existing building, comprising 15 apartments with retail premises on the ground floor. The planning permit is for a layout/design like that which was proposed and displayed previously.

The new owners, the V-Leader Group, are not associated with the previous owners, Key Infrastructure Australia Pty Ltd. The new owners have said they will consult with the community once plans are settled.

Station Pier Air Quality Monitoring

The BCNA has written to the EPA requesting further air quality monitoring at Station Pier. We are grateful for the work done by the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM) in 2016/17, but this work was not comprehensive enough to reassure members that air quality meets Australian standards. A second monitoring station on one of the towers would have been necessary to check air quality at heights above the monitoring station on Station Pier.

The Australian Government sets standards for fuel emissions from ships. This is currently at 3.5% sulphur content, but is scheduled to fall to 0.5% from 1 January 2020. The BCNA has written to the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure and Transport urging the Australian Government adhere to this timetable.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place

In July, the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) refused an application for “Construction of a 10-storey mixed use building over two basement levels containing 175 dwellings and two retail premises of 355 square metres and a reduction in car parking requirements”. The application was refused on many grounds but included overshadowing of the foreshore and pedestrian spaces, and visual bulk and massing related to tower design.

It is a great shame that the site continues to look like a rubbish tip. The BCNA has raised this with the CoPP many, many times. We have been told that CoPP's Local Laws are ineffective in enforcing a clean-up and that a review of Local laws offered the hope of a solution. Unfortunately, this has turned out not to be the case. The recently completed review did not reveal any further way that Local Laws could be strengthened to deal with this situation.

The BCNA has written to the Mayor asking for a public explanation.

London Hotel Site

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) recently approved plans for a redevelopment of this site, but with amendments after community input.

The approval is for an eight storey building, including basement car park, 18 apartments and a hotel. The amendments are for the inclusion of three onsite visitor parking bays; increased setback of the upper levels to ensure that the pedestrian path on the foreshore is not overshadowed after 10am throughout the year; and the inclusion of a heritage record about the London Hotel.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Town Planning, Covenants and Dispute Resolution in Beacon Cove

From time to time residents ask about the planning scheme and covenants that apply to properties in Beacon Cove. The BCNA has prepared a summary which you can access here.

The upgrades of properties across Beacon Cove can lead to concerns and disputes. The BCNA has prepared a short guide which can be downloaded here.  

Station Pier Air Quality Monitoring Results

The Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM) have released a summary report detailing the findings from a recent 12 months monitoring program of the air quality at the sampling station on Station Pier. On behalf of VPCM a consultant company KMH Environmental was engaged to manage and report on the findings. Click here to access the report.

18 months ago the BCNA approached two of our BCNA members to help us review and analyse the information provided by the monthly and annual reports issued by VPCM. Click here to access their final summary findings. This report was provided by members Ian Evans and Jill Maddox, we wish to acknowledge the time and effort they have both committed to this review and the extremely professional report they have issued. They presented their report to a joint BCNA/VPCM/EPA meeting in June which has led to ongoing further dialog with both the VPCM and the EPA.

The BCNA will continue to lobby the EPA/Port to reassure the community their health is not being comprised by Ship Bunker fuel emission and for the emission levels to be established to best practice standards available.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Record Membership

Thank you to all who have renewed their memberships or who have joined the BCNA in 2016/17. Membership reached 373 which is a record.

BCNA continues to be active on your behalf in protecting and enhancing the amenity of the area. Our last newsletter as well as other posts on this website explain current initiatives on your behalf.

Parking Fees Fall at Waterfront Place

The City of Port Phillip has reduced parking fees around Waterfront Place. From April to September the hourly fee will be $1.80 per hour compared to $5.10. The BCNA has advocated for a review of parking policy as has the traders at Waterfront Place and the Port Melbourne Business Association.

The reduction is part of a two-year trial in St Kilda and Port Melbourne to help encourage greater activity in these areas. Further details can be found here.

More Shade for Maritime Cove

A permanent new shade structure is currently under construction in the playground at Maritime Cove, which will help keep little visitors and their parents out of the sun while they play. A part of the playground has been temporarily fenced off while the shade structure is installed, so please note there will be changed access and observe all safety signage in the area.

The new, shadier playground area is expected to reopen by mid-June 2017.


SHIP 5 Year Anniversary Celebration