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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

London Hotel Site Update

You may recall we provided an update in September which mentioned that the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) had approved plans for the London Hotel site.

This decision (CoPP application 1220/2016) included the requirement to meet modifications to the plans, a number of which would reduce the buildings impact on the adjacent apartment blocks and also to reduce the amount of overshadowing of the foreshore.

The developer has decided to challenge the construction permit conditions at VCAT.  The hearing for this challenge (P2626/2017) is expected to be in April 2018.

Bay Street Festival - Friday 1st December

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

BCNA AGM Reminder

This is a final reminder for the BCNA AGM which will be held at 6:00 for 6:30pm this Thursday at the Sandridge Community Centre and Trugo Club, Garden City Reserve

The Guest Speaker will be Peter Smith, the new Chief Executive Officer of the City of Port Phillip and brief reports will be provided by The Hon. Martin Foley, MP and Gateway Ward Councillors Bernadene Voss, Marcus Pearl, and Ogy Simic.

Our Latest Newsletter is Out

Volunteers have recently been dropping copies of our newsletter in mailboxes throughout Beacon Cove. It covers a number of topics including:
  • Beacon Cove Foodstore Redevelopment
  • London Hotel Site
  • Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place
  • Fishermans Bend development
  • Safety on the Promenade
  • Princes Street storm water drain
For those who would like an electronic copy, it can be downloaded here.

Beach Patrol for 2018

3207 Beach Patrol have announced their dates for 2018. Beach cleans will be the first Saturday of every month except March (when it's held on Clean Up Australia Day on 4th March).

The specific locations for each clean aren’t determined but if you are interested just check their website at www.beachpatrol.com.au/BeachGroups/3207.

They have also introduced a second monthly clean - LoveOurStreet - as removal of litter from our streets helps prevent it from getting down stormwater drains, etc and into our bay in the first place. These will be held on the third Saturday of every month. More details at www.beachpatrol.com.au/LOS/LOS-3207.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place

On 21 September 2017, VCAT agreed to review the City of Port Phillip's (CoPP's) decision to refuse a planning application for the “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” at this site.

Details of the review have been posted to all who objected to the original proposal. If you objected and have not received a letter, contact Ms Rhodie Anderson (randerson@rigbycooke.com.au). Objectors who wish to participate in the VCAT review have until 16 November 2017 to lodge a Statement of Grounds with an application form at VCAT, with copies to the CoPP and the developer’s solicitor. A fee of $19.90 applies for individuals and not-for-profit organisations. Fee details are shown at www.vcat.vic.gov.au.

The BCNA has decided to participate in the review. The BCNA wants to see the site developed, but according to Port Phillip planning guidelines. Participation in the review allows us to defend our objections which were about visual bulk; that the plans were not in accordance with the plans listed in the VCAT Order of January 2015; overshadowing of the foreshore; and traffic congestion. Our Statement of Grounds can be downloaded here. It follows the objection the BCNA submitted to the CoPP in March 2017.

Local Laws Review

The derelict site at 1-7 Waterfront Place provides a poor image to visitors. This prompted the BCNA to discuss with the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) whether Local Laws could be used to enforce a clean-up. We were led to believe that a review of Local Laws would offer a solution. Unfortunately, this has turned out not to be the case. However, the CEO of the CoPP, Peter Smith, is preparing a report for Council on other steps that might be taken.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

BCNA Annual General Meeting

This year's Annual General Meeting for the BCNA will be held at
6:00 for 6.30pm, Thursday 23rd November 2017
Sandridge Community Centre and Trugo Club, Garden City Reserve

Reports and the annual financial statement for the BCNA will be presented. The election of office bearers will occur.

The Guest Speaker will be Peter Smith, the new Chief Executive Officer of the City of Port Phillip. Brief reports will be provided by The Hon. Martin Foley, MP and Gateway Ward Councillors Bernadene Voss, Marcus Pearl, and Ogy Simic. Rachel Johnson, the CEO of the Victorian Ports Corporation, has been invited.

Financial members of the BCNA have already been sent the Agenda and papers for the meeting.

Community Engagement Sessions for Fishermans Bend

The following community information and drop-in sessions are being held as part of consultation regarding the plans for Fishermans Bend:
  • Friday 3 November - South Melbourne Market
  • Wednesday 9 November - University of Melbourne Farmers Market
  • Sunday 19 November - North Port Oval
  • Thursday 23 November - South Melbourne Town Hall
There will also be workshop sessions for which you are required to register.

All submissions must be received by 5pm Friday 15 December.

More information is available on this flyer.

Port of Melbourne Boat Tours for Summer

The Port of Melbourne is again offering boat tours of the port this summer.  They are now charging a fee but, at $5.50 + $1.20 booking fee, it's hardly expensive.  Bookings must be done online and open 2-3 weeks before each tour.

Tours will be on 26 November, 25 February, and 29 April.

The February tour will depart from Williamstown and include a visit to the new container terminal and automotive trade facilities at Webb Dock as well as the crude oil terminal at Point Gellibrand so will be different to the tour that most residents would have been on before.

The November and April tours seem to be similar to previous tours, departing from Docklands and visiting Victoria Dock, Appleton Dock, and Swanson Dock.

More details can be found at www.portofmelbourne.com/community-and-education/visiting-the-port/boat-tours.