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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

VICT & Albert Park College Community Day - Saturday 22 April

Please come and join the students and staff of Albert Park College along with Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) to help both organisations recognise and celebrate their community partnership.

10am-2pm, Saturday 22 April 2017 
Princes Pier

The ‘Painting the Docks’ exhibition was inspired by the new terminal opening at Webb Dock East and will showcase the artworks of Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 students under the mentorship of celebrated local artist, Julian Twigg.

Free bus tours of the new automated container terminal will leave approximately every 30 minutes from Princes Pier. (Please register your interest upon arrival to ensure you get a spot on a tour.)

Sausage sizzle provided by VICT and Port Melbourne Rotary plus coffee cart available.

More details on the flyer.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Picnic in the Park - Sunday 30 April

The City of Port Phillip, through its Vibrant Villages Partnership, is sponsoring a picnic in Garden City Reserve on Sunday 30th April, between 2 and 4 pm. It will be held near the Trugo Club. The event is supported by community organisations including Port People and BCNA.

There will be attractions for children such as free kids’ footy and cricket clinics, face painting, and environmental talks about local animals and plants. A swing band will be playing. Free pizza and cupcakes for early arrivers.

Westgate Park – Past, Present and Future

From BCNA Committee member Richard Nowotny:

Westgate Park nestles in the eastern sweep of the Westgate Bridge, a green oasis in industrial Fishermans Bend.

Formerly a natural salt-marsh, then sand mine, rubbish tip and WWII airfield, it has been rehabilitated over recent decades by a dedicated group of urban renovators, the Friends of Westgate Park, into an award-winning nature space for wildlife, walkers, cyclists, bird-watchers and picnic groups.

And, with the nearby industrial area slated for transformation into four new suburbs comprising the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area, Westgate Park, situated on its western boundary, is to be expanded and developed to meet some of the recreational and aesthetic needs of a residential population estimated at 80,000 by 2050.

According to the early Draft Masterplan for Westgate Park, its expansion is to be achieved by incorporating the current go-cart land into the park, as a recreational oval connected to the present park by a pedestrian bridge over Todd Rd, with enhancement of overall park amenities and facilities to meet a range of community needs.

Already three parcels of former port land have been added to the park, which will, along with the go-cart land, ultimately more than double the original size of the park.

Residents of Beacon Cove can watch this transformation taking place on their northern fringe while availing themselves of the beauty, tranquillity and recreational opportunities that the park provides.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Sunday 9 April Piers Festival - Change of Venue

Please note that due to predicted inclement weather this Sunday's Multicultural Arts Victoria Piers Festival will not be held on Princes Pier.

It will now be held at South Melbourne Town Hall, 208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne.

More details are available at http://multiculturalarts.com.au/event/piers-festival-2017/.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Temporary Closure of Todd Road Shared Pathway - 23-25 March

A section of shared bike and pedestrian path on the west side of Todd Rd between Williamstown Road and Perc White Reserve will be closed from 7am Thursday 23 March 2017 to 7am Saturday 25 March 2017.

More details are on this flyer.

Princes Street Storm Water Drain

Heavy rains in late December and January highlighted problems with this drain. Storm water discharges directly onto Port Melbourne beach and a large area was covered by a very smelly and unsightly scum. This constitutes a health hazard and there is inadequate signage by the EPA alerting beach users and swimmers to the dangers. It also provides a poor image to tourists and visitors.


The BCNA has contacted the EPA and met our Gateway Ward councillors to discuss the health hazards and to reaffirm that a drain upgrade is needed. Follow up meetings are planned. The drain is the responsibility of Melbourne Water. A re-alignment was agreed with Melbourne Water in 2006 that would take the storm water further out into the bay. Unfortunately, this work has not been given priority.

Update on Fishermans Bend

The Fishermans Bend Taskforce now plans to release the revised Fishermans Bend Strategic Framework Plan mid-year 2017. This document will provide details on an overarching strategy to guide such things as the future development of transport, schools, community and utilities infrastructure and public space. Further details on the work of the Taskforce can be accessed at www.fishermansbend.vic.gov.au

Planning applications continue to be considered by the City of Melbourne and City of Port Phillip as well as the Minister for Planning. So far 25 major developments have been approved comprising 6,437 dwellings. 21 major developments are pending comprising 6,080 dwellings.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

London Hotel Redevelopment

The existing building is now being demolished in readiness for a new development. The owner has submitted a revised application (1220/2016) and this is being assessed by City of Port Phillip (CoPP) Planning Department. No details are publicly available.

The original application was refused by VCAT in 2016. While VCAT supported the type of development they found that the height would cause overshadowing of the foreshore, providing no net benefit to the community.

BCNA Budget Submissions to Council

Each year BCNA makes a submission to the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) for their consideration in developing the Council’s budget for the upcoming financial year.

In 2016/17 we were successful  in achieving:
  • Bike trail lighting – eighty new public lighting poles and LED luminaries between Beach St and Boundary St, Port Melbourne have now been installed, making for increased safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Safety on the Promenade – the CoPP has completed a feasibility study on potential ramps along the Promenade between Station and Princes Piers. For cost reasons, there are no current plans to construct ramps. However, our request for handrails on the steps between the piers has been granted, and they will be installed by the end of the year. Whilst this is not a solution to separation of the paths, the handrails will improve safety for pedestrians.
For the 2017/18 budget we have sought:
  • Graffiti removal – increased resources for preventative strategies and quick removal of areas affected by graffiti.
  • Princes Street storm water drain – collaboration with the EPA to develop and install improved signage regarding poor water quality, particularly in the pond at the mouth of the drain. An upgrade of the drain in the longer term.
  • 1-7 Waterfront Place – pending longer-term redevelopment of the site, action to ensure a clean up of the site.
  • Waterfront Place/Station Pier toilet facility – resources to fund a street level accessible toilet in the Waterfront Place area.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Port Melbourne Community Carnival - Saturday 18 March

Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre will be holding its biggest event of the year - the Port Melbourne Community Carnival 2017 which will take place on Saturday 18th March from 12 to 4 pm, on Liardet St, between Lalor and Nott Sts.

The theme for this year is Port Melbourne Unmasked - Uncovering the Heart of Port Melbourne, which aims to explore and celebrate the essence of this resilient community. People who are coming to the carnival will have the opportunity to be involved in a series of drop-in style workshops. These are always highly popular with children and families. This year the main workshop will be creating masks using recycled materials. The masks will then be worn in the 'Port Melbourne Unmasked Parade', allowing the artwork and creators to be cheered by the crowd.

More details can be found at www.pmnc.org.au/index.php/activities/carnival.