Events for your Diary

July
Sat 6: 9-10am, 3207 Beach Patrol
Sat 20: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet

August
Sat 3: 9-10am, 3207 Beach Patrol
Sat 17: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet

September
Sat 7: 9-10am, 3207 Beach Patrol
Sat 21: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet

Latest News

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Thursday, 20 June 2019

Further Progress with the EPA on Air Quality Monitoring

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

Since our update in April, the Hon. Martin Foley MP convened a meeting attended by the BCNA, Dr Andrea Hinwood, Chief Environmental Scientist at the EPA, and the Minister for Environment’s adviser, Ms Dee Cakir. At this meeting Dr Hinwood acknowledged that there is an air quality concern at Station Pier. Since that meeting, Dr Hinwood has written to the BCNA saying she plans to “..meet the Victorian Ports Corporation to discuss monitoring options to address community concerns….  This includes monitoring at ground level and at selected elevated locations in a more comprehensive manner.” The BCNA believes this is a positive development. Dr Hinwood has undertaken to brief the BCNA on this work as it progresses.

At the request of the EPA, the BCNA is finalising the selection of suitable air quality monitoring sites for discussion with the City of Port Phillip and the EPA.

Keep your Home and Property Protected

Following recent reports of house burglaries in the Beacon Cove area, BCNA advises residents that Victoria Police suggest these protections:
  • Get to know your neighbours.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked – even when you are home.
  • Ensure your home is adequately lit at night. Consider installation of external sensor lights.
  • A monitored alarm system can be a deterrent to potential thieves.
  • Lock your mail box.
  • Only leave spare keys with a trusted neighbour. Never hide them.
  • Keep all spare keys, including car keys, in a secure place.
  • Make it look like someone is home when you are out.
  • Bring in your bins and collect mail regularly.
  • Mark your valuable property with an engraver or ultra violet marker.
  • Keep your car locked at all times and don’t leave valuables and other items visible in your car.
For more information go to https://www.police.vic.gov.au/home-and-property.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Fishermans Bend Drop-in Events

The Fishermans Bend Taskforce is hosting two community drop-in events in early June, which will feature project update presentations and a chance to ask questions of their team.

Saturday 1 June, 1.00pm - 4:00pm.
Presentation 1.30pm. No RSVP necessary.
Ferrars Street Education and Community Facility
129 Ferrars Street, Southbank (entry off Ferrars Street)

Wednesday 5 June, 2.30pm - 7.30pm.
Presentations at 3pm and 6pm. No RSVP necessary.
North Port Oval Sandridge Room
525 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne (entry off Ingles Street)

You are welcome to attend a session or complete an online survey at Engage Victoria. For further information on the Fishermans Bend Framework, please visit their website or email fishermansbend@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Further Update on Election Pledges Regarding the Waterfront Place Precinct

On Sunday, we posted the responses from two Federal election candidates to our request for Commonwealth Government funding for the redevelopment of the Waterfront Place precinct.

We have now received a response from Kate Ashmor, the Liberal candidate, and you can find her response here.

Vale Port People Inc

The BCNA notes with sadness the official winding-up of Port People Inc, a long-standing local partner organisation. Port People has made a significant contribution to the local area in many ways, most notably the protection of Garden City Reserve and the establishment of the children’s play area in Maritime Cove.

Port People was established in 2005 in response to a proposal to sell a small area towards Tucker Street of Garden City Reserve to a not-for-profit South Port Community Residential Home. This was to establish a residential home. The proposal was withdrawn after opposition by Port People and nearby residents. More recently, Rowan Groves, the President of Port People, has represented community views about the development of Fishermans Bend at local forums, to the City of Port Phillip and the Victorian Government.

We thank the former presidents of Port People who have worked very collaboratively with BCNA, namely Ari Pappas, Helen Kuchel and Rowan Groves. The BCNA also thanks Port People for passing all assets of the organisation to the BCNA.

BCNA Receives Assistance from Real Estate Agents

The BCNA is always looking for ways to grow our membership. The more members we have the more influence we can have when acting on your behalf.

We recently met representatives of local real estate agents to see whether they would include a promotional flyer and the BCNA newsletter in their welcome packs. Agents that have agreed to do this, in alphabetical order, are Biggin & Scott (Port Melbourne), Chisholm & Gamon (Port Melbourne), and The Agency (Albert Park). We thank them for this support.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Update on Election Pledges Regarding the Waterfront Place Precinct

The BCNA has contacted the major party candidates standing for Macnamara (the new name for the Melbourne Ports federal electorate) to discuss our request for Commonwealth funding for the redevelopment of the Waterfront Place precinct. Details about our request were posted on 23 April.

The candidates’ responses are as follows (in the oreder they were received):
  • Steph Hodgins-May (Greens candidate) commits to work with the State and Local Government to set up a Waterfront Place Precinct Redevelopment Authority to oversee redevelopment of the area. Part of the work of the Authority would be to determine the exact allocation of ratepayer/taxpayer and cruise industry funding for the cost of building infrastructure (download detailed response). 
  • Josh Burns (Labor candidate) states that primary responsibility for improvements to local amenity and transport infrastructure in the Port of Melbourne rests with, in varying respects, the Victorian Ports Corporation, the Victorian Government and the City of Port Phillip. The Commonwealth can, however, play a role in helping to fund these improvements once they have been approved in principle. The vehicle for doing this is Infrastructure Australia (download detailed response).
Kate Ashmor (Liberal candidate) had not replied by the deadline for this post. We will publish her response when it is received.

Our Latest Newsletter is Out

Volunteers are currently dropping copies of our newsletter in mailboxes throughout Beacon Cove. It covers a number of topics including:
  • Reinvestment in the Waterfront Place Precinct
  • Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place
  • Air Quality Monitoring Near Station Pier
  • Beacon Cove Foodstore Redevelopment - 103 Beach Street
  • London Hotel Site - 92 Beach Street
  • Vale Port People Inc
  • BCNA Residents' Dinners
For those who would like an electronic copy, it can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Waterfront Place - BCNA Seeking Commonwealth Funding from Federal Election Candidates

The BCNA has decided to meet the candidates for Macnamara to seek support for Commonwealth Government funding for the re-development of the Waterfront Place precinct.

As a key part of the national road network, Waterfront Place is an important precinct. The car ferry service to and from Tasmania is a designated part of the national highway network and the only public vehicular link between Tasmania and the mainland.

The steady growth of cruise ships, visitors, and freight has highlighted weaknesses in the local infrastructure. They include:
  • The area often becomes ‘gridlocked’ when cruise ships and the Spirit of Tasmania are at berth -this will only worsen as ship visits and freight movements increase.  
  • Road improvements need to be considered to ensure efficient movement of freight and passengers.
  • There are no designated bus, taxi or ride-share meeting areas for cruise ship visitors.  
  • There is a lack of appropriate shops, services and amenities for visitors.
  • The public realm is ‘run down’ and the area does not present as an inviting place for residents or visitors.
  • Many of the businesses within the precinct are currently vacant or struggling.
Other than Station Pier, the area is the responsibility of the City of Port Phillip. However, the entire area must be considered for Station Pier to operate efficiently. As the precinct includes the national road network, the BCNA contends that the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments should contribute to the cost of redevelopment.

The BCNA has sent a note to candidates for the major parties, namely Kate Ashmor (Liberal), Josh Burns (ALP) and Steph Hodgins-May (Greens). We are arranging to meet each candidate to discuss support for Commonwealth funding. Other candidates may be contacted as they become known.

We encourage members to contact the candidates to support the BCNA position. We will report on each candidate’s response up until the election.

City of Port Phillip Rejects Development at 10 Narooma Place

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) has refused a planning application (1025/2018) which sought “partial demolition, alterations and additions; the construction of a first-floor studio above the existing garage.”

The reasons for the refusal include the scale, form and design of the addition being at odds with the prevailing and preferred character of Narooma Place. More details can be downloaded here.

Residents and the BCNA opposed the development. Further details about the issues and the BCNA’s submission were posted to our website in early March. The applicant may choose to appeal the decision to VCAT. If so, it must be done within 60 days.