Events for your Diary

October
Sat 5: 9-10am, 3207 Beach Patrol
Sat 12: 2-4pm, Seniors Festival Community Forum
Sat 19: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet

November
Sat 2: 9-10am, 3207 Beach Patrol
Thu 7: 6pm, BCNA 2019 Annual General Meeting
Sat 16: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet
Thu 21: 7pm, BCNA Neighbourhood Dinner, Pier 35

December
Sat 7: 9-10am, 3207 Beach Patrol

Latest News

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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Advisory Committee Established for 1-7 Waterfront Place

The Minister for Planning has now established an Advisory Committee to provide advice to him on the use of the site. The BCNA has received a letter explaining the process and Terms of Reference. The Advisory Committee has been asked whether the developer’s planning permit should be issued and if so, what would be the appropriate conditions for the permit. The developer’s planning permit application was for a 10-storey mixed use building including 174 dwellings and two retail premises.

The BCNA will be considering the papers and preparing a response. Details will be provided once plans are finalised. Key dates are a Directions Hearing (which is open for anyone to attend) on 9 October 2019 and Hearing Dates from 25 November to 6 December 2019.

Friday, 13 September 2019

HMAS Melbourne Open Day - This Sunday


You may have noticed that HMAS Melbourne docked at Station Pier today and will be there till 18th September. There will be an Open Day this coming Sunday (15th September) from 9am to 5pm.

Tickets are free but need to be obtained at this link.  The initial ticket allocation was insufficient and more were released at 12 today.

More details can be found at www.navy.gov.au/event/hmas-melbourne-open-day-melbourne-vic.

Waterfront Welcomers - Volunteers Needed

Waterfront Welcomers, the volunteer group who greet the cruise ship passengers at Station Pier, are urgently looking for volunteers.

This will be the fourth season of the programme, and they are looking for enthusiastic, passionate people to join their band of volunteers to assist passengers with their queries and tell them all about the sights/experiences of Port Melbourne and City of Port Phillip. No experience necessary - they will do all the training.

This year's cruise ship season begins in October 2019 and runs through to March 2020.

For further enquiries call Brian on 03 9645 1476 or email waterfrontwelcomers@southportcc.org.au.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place

Since our last update we have heard that the developer has not appealed the Court of Appeal’s decision to the High Court.

The Minister for Planning is now expected to convene an Advisory Committee to provide advice to him on the use of the site. The BCNA wants to see the Advisory Committee established as soon as possible.

The Advisory Committee is expected to seek submissions from those who have an interest in the site. This would include the Victorian Ports Corporation, Melbourne (VCPM), the City of Port Phillip, TT-Line and the BCNA. The VPCM has long argued against residential development at that site because it has the potential to compromise port operations.

Update on Air Quality Monitoring

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

Since our last update, the EPA has met the Port of Melbourne to discuss collaborative projects to monitor air quality. The EPA reports that the discussions were very productive. One project related to “air quality monitoring in Beacon Cove to compare levels before and after the introduction of low sulphur fuels to understand and evaluate the intervention of low sulphur fuels”. This statement is referring to the new Australia-wide standards for sulphur which commence from 1 January 2020. From this date, allowable sulphur in marine fuel will drop from 3.5% to 0.5% by volume.

The EPA plans follow up meetings with the Port of Melbourne in August-September to develop details and will then discuss projects with the BCNA. 

The BCNA has assisted Deakin University and the Queensland University of Technology to conduct air quality monitoring studies in Beacon Cove (more details here).  The BCNA expects to be able to provide the results of these studies soon.

Community Forum: Are Victoria and the City of Port Phillip Ageing Well?

A community forum, hosted by the Port Phillip U3A, will be held on Saturday 12 October 2-4pm on the subject Are Victoria and the City of Port Phillip Ageing well?

The City of Port Philip (CoPP) has an ageing population. Between 2011 and 2016, in percentage terms, the population in Port Phillip aged over 50 years grew over twice as fast as the population aged under 50 years - 18.7% compared to 7.5%. The percentage of population over 50 years in 2011 was 34.6%, whereas the percentage of population over 50 years in 2016 was 39.4%.

Issues to be canvassed include aged care, health, housing, loneliness, homelessness, infrastructure, public transport, and community safety.

A strong lineup of speakers is promised including The Hon Luke Donnellan MP, Minister for Child Protection and Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Dick Gross AM, Mayor of the CoPP, and Professor Georgina Tsolidis, Chair, Older Persons Consultative Committee of the CoPP.

More details and booking information can be found here.

City of Port Phillip Public Space Strategy

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) are currently consulting on their strategy for public space. This includes looking at how public spaces should be used, re-designed and upgraded so they can meet increasing demands. As opportunities to purchase land for new public spaces are limited they want to explore other options for creating new public spaces for our community and how they can make our existing public spaces work better now and into the future.

The Beacon Cove community are encouraged to provide their views.

More details on the strategy and how to participate can be found at https://haveyoursay.portphillip.vic.gov.au/public-space-strategy.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Update on the Foodstore Site

The developer of 103 Beach Street is finalising his proposal for 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. The BCNA’s concerns have 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, and safe pedestrian and cycle use to the east of the building.

The developer understands the community concerns that have been raised and has addressed these. Car park design and safe pedestrian and cycle use involve Council and Yarra Trams/PTV. They have provided an assurance that they will not exceed 1.6 metres above the existing approved height, do not plan to on-sell, and will ask Council to include reference to maximum height in the planning permit. They have also offered to hold a community meeting to explain final design and plans.

The BCNA is keen to see the proposed tram line duplication at the Beacon Cove stop occurring at the same time as redevelopment of the Foodstore site. To this end the BCNA will be contacting the Hon. Martin Foley MP to ensure funds are available to Yarra Trams/PTV for this work. This will minimise disruption from the two projects.

The developer hopes to start marketing and preselling later this year, with building starting around February 2020. The building phase is expected to take about 18 months.

Waterfront Place Precinct “Master Plan” Initiative Receives Boost

Many local residents will be aware that the BCNA has identified the Waterfront Place Precinct as a priority area for attention by all three levels of Government, with the development of a “master plan” for the area the most important first step.

This initiative has been given a boost by a major article in the July edition of Southbank Local News which has highlighted the issues and the need for a solution, with interviews with several key stakeholders.

These included both our local members (The Hon. Martin Foley MP, The Hon. Josh Burns, MP), the Mayor of the City of Port Phillip, Cr Dick Gross, and the CEO of the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne), Rachel Johnson. All agreed that change was needed and that a plan for the whole precinct was the first priority.

The BCNA will continue to push for the establishment of a planning committee and the development of a master plan for the precinct, followed by appropriate re-development and upgrading.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

1-7 Waterfront Place Appeal Refused

On Friday the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal refused the developer of 1-7 Waterfont Place's leave to appeal the Court’s earlier decision to uphold the Minister for Planning’s ‘call in’ of the planning application.

In July 2018, the Minister for Planning decided to ‘call in’ the application to develop this site.  The proposal at that time was for a ten-storey mixed use building consisting of 174 apartments and 2 retail premises. Calling in an application enables the proposal to be separately considered, rather than left to normal planning processes such as VCAT. This action was supported by the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM), the City of Port Phillip, the TT-Line, the tourism industry, the Hon. Martin Foley MP and the BCNA.

Full details of the Court of Appeal’s decision can be found here.  The developer can appeal this decision to the High Court in which case they have 28 days to do so.

If the developer does not appeal, the Minister for Planning is expected to convene an Advisory Committee to provide advice on the use of the site. The BCNA believes that the site should be considered by the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) for improving the overall functioning of the Waterfront Place precinct.