Events for your Diary

July
Sat 30 - Sun 31: Port Tours

August
Wed 17: 7pm, BCNA Dinner

September

October

November
Wed 16: 7pm, BCNA Dinner
Thu 17: 6pm, BCNA AGM

December

Latest News

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Beach Street Queuing Lane Update

On 28 June 2016, the City of Port Phillip endorsed the refined design of the Beach Street Queuing Lane.


A PDF of this plan can be downloaded here.

The tender to complete construction will be released to the public this weekend. It is anticipated the successful contractor will begin work in September, subject to delivering the project within a six week time frame. In addition lighting assets along Beach Street must be relocated within this timeframe by CitiPower. If these timeframes cannot be met, construction will commence in May 2017 to accommodate the cruise ship season.

The scope of works include:
  • Creating a Station Pier lane along Beach Street from Bay Street to the roundabout that will hold queuing traffic at cruise ship times 
  • Utilising the existing pavement space on the foreshore side of Beach Street by altering most of the angle parking to become parallel parking, to make room for the Station Pier lane
  • Adding a lane to the roundabout to create a lane that goes straight through to Station Pier and a one right turn lane, effectively removing congestion from the roundabout
  • Creating an on-road bike lane in both directions on Beach Street
Key project milestones:
  • July – Public Tender process
  • August – Tender close
  • Late August – Appointment of contractor
  • Early September – Contractor begins work (proposed and subject to tender responses)
  • 24 October 2016 – Construction finishes (proposed and subject to tender responses)
  • 25 October 2016 – First Cruise Ship scheduled
More information is available at www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/queuing-lane.htm.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Reminder - London Hotel survey

A reminder that the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) want to better understand what residents value about the London Hotel on the corner of Beach and Swallow Streets. They are collecting information to prepare a comprehensive heritage assessment which will determine the potential for permanent heritage controls for the site.

The survey, accessible here, closes 29 July.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Beach Street Queuing Lane Update

We have received the following update from the City of Port Phillip:

What's happened so far?

In December 2015, four options to reduce traffic congestion were presented to Council. The options were tested throughout December 2015 – February 2016 to determine their effectiveness in reducing congestion. Traffic modelling showed the Queuing Lane option addressed congestion for the majority of peak hour, with the exception of 10 minutes between 7 am - 8 am, where traffic will be delayed by approximately eight minutes.

Council Officers have been working with Civil and Traffic Engineer consultants to design a queuing lane in more detail. 

Subject to a successful tenderer being able to deliver within a six week timeframe, and budget constraints, the redesigned Beach Street Queuing Lane could be completed this calendar year. Alternatively, the construction could commence in May 2017 to accommodate the cruise ship season.

Where to next? 

On 28 June 2016, Council will make a decision on the refined design of the Beach Street Queuing Lane. Subject to Council endorsement, a public tender process for construction will be undertaken. The revised Queuing Lane design will be made available following the Council meeting. The scope of works will include:
  • Creating a Station Pier lane along Beach Street from Bay Street to the roundabout that will hold queuing traffic at cruise ship times 
  • Utilising the existing pavement space on the foreshore side of Beach Street by altering most of the angle parking to become parallel parking, to make room for the Station Pier lane
  • Adding a lane to the roundabout to create a lane that goes straight through to Station Pier and a one right turn lane, effectively removing congestion from the roundabout
  • Creating an on-road bike lane in both directions on Beach Street
The Council Report is available to view on Council's website at www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/june-2016-meetingsagendas.htm.

For more information, please go to www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/queuing-lane.htm.

BCNA support for Beach Patrol

The BCNA has provided a grant of $300 to Beach Patrol. Beach Patrol began in 2009 in Albert Park and the second group, Port Melbourne, started in 2010. The BCNA also provided a grant to Beach Patrol in 2011. Today Beach Patrol has 21 groups and over 1700 volunteers around Melbourne.

From time to time the BCNA is able to provide small grants to local organisations. We do this where the objectives of the recipient organization are aligned with those of the BCNA. We have asked Beach Patrol to direct the BCNA grant to Port Melbourne and Sandridge beaches. Further information on Beach Patrol can be found at www.beachpatrol.com.au.

Open House Weekend 30-31 July - Port Tours

The city’s hidden spaces will be open to the public for Open House Melbourne during July and the Port of Melbourne is once again joining the show over the weekend 30-31 July.

They are offering free boat tours of major port facilities including Victoria Dock, Appleton Dock and Australia’s busiest container terminal, Swanson Dock. Featuring a guided commentary from friendly port staff, don’t miss this opportunity to see Melbourne’s working port up close.

Like most Open House events, port tours will be filled on a first-come, first served basis, with no advance bookings taken. For more details visit the Port of Melbourne open house web page.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Candidates Forum for Federal Election - THIS THURSDAY (23 June)

South Port Urban Responsible Renewal (SPURR, www.spurr.org.au), a collective of 43 local community and business associations (including the BCNA) has arranged a forum of the candidates in our electorate (Melbourne Ports) for the forthcoming Federal Election.

You are welcome to attend this forum which will be held on
Thursday 23rd June from 7:00 to 8:30pm
at
The Port Melbourne Cricket Ground (North Port Oval)
525 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne
(Entry from Ingles St)

The format will be an opening statement (6 minutes) from each candidate outlining their policy priorities, followed by questions from the floor.  The last 15 minutes will be an opportunity for each candidate to make a 2 minute closing statement.

For more information, contact Rowan Groves on 9646 3687 or 0458 623 570.

Community Invesment Grants

Victoria International Container Terminals (VICT), the operators of Webb Dock, have a Community Investment Fund grants programme.  This year, fourteen organisations working with young people in Port Phillip and in Hobsons Bay will each receive a grant of up to $20,000.

A press release with details of the recipients of this year's grants can be downloaded here.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Fishermand Bend Vision Public Conversation



Join the Minister for Planning, the Hon Richard Wynne and a panel of industry experts in a public conversation to shape the 2050 vision for Fishermans Bend.

It will be held on Thursday 30 June at Zinc, Federation Square from 6.30pm - 8.30pm (Doors open at 6.00pm)

Panellists include:
Chris Riddell, Melbourne futurist and global emerging trend commentator
Kate Roffey, Kontakt Strategic Advisory and former CEO Committee for Melbourne
John Stanley, Adjunct Professor, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney
Tony Iuliano, Director of Industry, Colliers
Sheryl Thai, Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 and CEO of The League of Extraordinary Women
Dr Karl Braganza, Head of Climate Monitoring, Bureau of Meteorology
Professor Rob Adams AM, Director of City Design, City of Melbourne
Professor Billie Giles-Corti, Director of the Melbourne University School of Population Health
Trudy-Ann King, Executive Director, Green Building Council of Australia
Michael Trudgeon, Deputy Director of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at Melbourne University

Event MC: Deb Cameron, Former ABC Broadcaster

Spaces are limited, so be sure to register here.

Further information about the Vision can be found here.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Reminder - Todd Road Closed this weekend

Don't forget that Todd Road will be closed this weekend (7pm Friday to 5am Monday) between the Life Saving Club and the freeway. The works will involve cutting out existing pavement and replacement with new asphalt.

Full details are in the flyer which can be downloaded here.

The latest update on current works at Webb Dock can be downloaded here.

London Hotel - Historical Information

Do you have any old photos, news stories, anecdotes, maps, plans, anything that would be useful in assessing the heritage value of The London Hotel on the corner of Beach and Princes Streets in Port Melbourne?

The City of Port Phillip Council would welcome all available information relevant to the heritage assessment of the London Hotel. The heritage assessment will be undertaken by an external consultant and all information will be provided to them.

Particularly where a site is being considered from a social and historical perspective, consultation during the assessment to obtain such information will be a crucial part of the process. The exact nature of this process will be determined by Council in partnership with the consultant.

Please forward any relevant information (and encourage others to as well) to strategicplanning@portphillip.vic.gov.au or contact Katrina Terjung (City of Port Phillip) on 9209 6439.