Events for your Diary

May
Sat 18: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet

June
Sat 1: 9-10am, 3207 Beach Patrol
Wed 5: 7pm, BCNA Community Dinner
Sat 15: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet

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

Latest News

You can use the search options at lower right to find specific items.

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 The proposal was withdrawn after opposition by Port People and nearby residents.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.

Update on Air Quality Monitoring at Station Pier

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

The Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM) conducted a monitoring program from 2016 to 2018. The most significant finding from the program was that the annual average PM2.5 exceeded the maximum State Environment Protection Policy levels for the two consecutive years that were measured. Exceedance was greater in the second year. Full results are shown here.

In May 2018, the Victorian Government made a commitment to introduce a monitoring program at Station Pier. This is shown in the Air Quality Statement which states (on page 9) that “EPA is working with VicPorts to determine a suitable comprehensive long term program”. Despite several letters to the Minister for the Environment, the BCNA has received no advice about implementation of the Government’s commitment. The BCNA’s request for a monitoring program has been supported by the Hon. Martin Foley MP. Our position was also supported by the City of Port Phillip in a submission to the Victorian Government in June 2018.

Station Pier Redevelopment

In January, the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM) submitted a proposal to the Department of Treasury and Finance for funding the redevelopment of Station Pier.

The BCNA submitted a list of issues that required review to improve the functioning of Station Pier and the precinct. They included traffic flow (adequacy of the queuing lane and the Princes Street roundabout), easy movement of ship passengers from ship to shore, the need for a taxi/bus area for cruise ship visitors, public realm improvements (the whole area is very weather exposed), lack of shops and amenities, parking, and the need to work closely with Melbourne Water so that the storm water drain can be realigned as part of any capital works program.

If VPCM’s budget bid is successful, details will be announced in the Victorian Government’s Budget on 27th May 2019.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Appeal on Minister’s ‘Call In’ for 1-7 Waterfront Place

In October, the Supreme Court made a decision on the Minister for Planning’s ‘call in’ for 1-7 Waterfront Place.  For more information on this judgement and consequences, please refer to what we posted in October.

We have been advised that the Court of Appeal will hear an appeal against this decision on Tuesday 21 May.

One day has been allowed. The appeal is expected to be a technical discussion around the meaning of ‘7 days’ in respect to the notice regarding the call in. Judgement is expected to be later.