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Friday, 1 June 2018

Air Quality Monitoring at Station Pier

Over 2016/17, the Victorian Ports Corporation (VPC) sponsored an air quality monitoring program at the Pier but this has not been continued. Pollutants such as sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter (PM), especially small particles (PM2.5 and smaller) are associated with asthma incidence and severity and other health problems, including cancer and premature mortality.

The VPC sponsored monitoring program revealed higher concentrations of sulphur dioxide and particulate matter than at nearby EPA air quality monitoring stations. Sulphur dioxide readings breached the World Health Organisation’s daily sulphur dioxide limits on many occasions and the annual average PM2.5 value of 8.4 µg/m3 exceeded the 8.0 µg/m3 level specified in the Australian National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM). BCNA has written to the Victorian Government Minister for the Environment requesting a monitoring program.

Request for Ultra-low Sulphur Fuel to be used in Ships using Station Pier

In 2015, the NSW Government introduced regulatory requirements for the use of ultra-low sulphur fuel (0.1% or less) for cruise ships in Sydney Harbour. Concerns by residents led the NSW Government to this change. Subsequently, the Commonwealth Government assisted in the introduction of this standard by gazetting the use of ultra-low sulphur fuel under the Navigation Act. This more stringent standard has applied in most of Europe, the North Sea, within 200 nautical miles of most of the North American and Canadian coasts, the United States Caribbean Sea since 1 January 2015, and for ports and inland waterways in Turkey from 2012.

Prior to the change in Sydney, monitoring near White Bay revealed no breaches of Australian air quality standards but there were 32 breaches of the World Health Organisation’s daily sulphur dioxide limit. The monitoring program introduced by Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) in 2016-17 revealed higher concentrations of sulphur dioxide and particulate matter than at nearby EPA air quality monitoring stations, 45 breaches of the World Health Organisation’s daily sulphur dioxide limit and exceeded the Australian National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) annual average PM2.5 limit.

Since the mandating of ultra-low sulphur fuel in Sydney Harbour in 2016 there has been a dramatic improvement in air quality. There have been no exceedances of the daily World Health Organisation’s sulphur dioxide limit at nearby monitoring stations.

BCNA has written to the Victorian Government Minister for the Environment and to the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure and Transport requesting the mandatory use of ultra-low sulphur fuel for ships using Station Pier.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

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
  • Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place
  • London Hotel Site
  • Princes Street Storm Water Drain
  • Air Quality Monitoring at Station Pier
  • Fishermans Bend Development
  • Piers Festival 2018
  • BCNA Meetings with Council
  • BCNA Residents' Dinners
For those who would like an electronic copy, it can be downloaded here.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Ferry Service from Beacon Cove to Continue

The St Kilda Ferry Service has decided to continue the service from Beacon Cove to Williamstown and St. Kilda. Apparently there was a pleasing response to the trial we highlighted that ran in early April.

The service departs from the wharf adjacent to Mr Hobson restaurant. Departure times are currently 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 5:30pm to Williamstown and 10:25am, 12:25pm, 2:25pm, and 4:25pm to St Kilda. The full timetable can be found here.

Prices can be found here. Our Honorary Secretary has checked with the operator about the price for Seniors and confirmed they travel at the concession rate. For example, a return journey from Beacon Cove to Williamstown for a senior would cost $15 per person.

If the weather is poor, potential passengers should ring 0412 320 315 or check the website to establish whether the ferry is operating.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

City of Port Phillip Council Plan and Budget Drop-in Sessions

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) is holding drop-in sessions so that residents can find out more about the revised Council Plan 2017-27, the draft Budget 2018/19, and the draft Sustainable Environment, and Creative and Prosperous City strategies.  More details about these plans are available here.

A drop-in session will be held in Port Melbourne at the Town Hall Auditorium, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne on Tuesday 8 May, 5pm to 7:30pm.

In addition to the drop-in sessions, they have a survey so you can provide feedback on the proposed amendments to the Council Plan 2017-27 and draft strategies. You can take the survey or make a formal submission at haveyoursay.portphillip.vic.gov.au.  The closing date for submissions is 18 May 2018.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Swallow Street to Promenade Pedestrian Ramp Upgrade

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) will be upgrading the pedestrian ramp from the Promenade to Swallow Street. The work includes installation of a wider ramp, levelling and resurfacing of pavement leading to the stairs and reinstatement of adjoining garden beds. A temporary compound for bins will be required which will occupy 3 car spaces in the ‘Loading Zone 8 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Friday’ area at the end of Swallow Street.



The work is scheduled to commence on Monday 23 April 2018. Further information can be obtained from Helene Agius at CoPP on 9209 6152.

Panel Hearings on Fishermans Bend

Planning Panels Victoria is conducting hearings on the proposed Amendment to the Port Phillip Planning Scheme for Fishermans Bend. The BCNA’s views were part of a presentation presented by Rowan Groves, President of Port People, on behalf of South Port Urban Responsible Renewal (SPURR). SPURR represents 49 community groups in the South Melbourne, Port Melbourne and nearby areas.

The SPURR presentation assessed the adequacy of the proposed Amendment to achieve the Government’s Vision for the area and the objectives for the Amendment. The BCNA and SPURR have consistently argued that the project requires better governance and an agreed budget if the Vision is to be realized. The presentation explained that it is premature to develop the Amendment until all planning for the area has been completed and can be accessed here.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Trial Ferry Service from Beacon Cove

Some of you may already know (we only just found out) but the St Kilda Ferry Service has commenced a trial ferry service that calls at Beacon Cove. The trial runs until Sunday 15th April.

The service departs from the wharf adjacent to the Mr Hobson restaurant and goes to Williamstown and St. Kilda. It can accommodate about 25 passengers per trip.

More details, including timetable and prices can be found on their website.  The pricing is not altogether clear but one of our members recently had a return trip to Williamstown for $15 (senior/concession).

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

BCNA Budget Submission to City of Port Phillip

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

In recent years the BCNA has been successful in advocating proposals for work on improved lighting on the bike trail and for improved safety features on the Promenade during 2017. In 2018/19 our submission includes a traffic management study for the Beacon Cove area; possible improvements to the community bus service between Port Melbourne and St Kilda, improved signage near the Princes Street drain to alert beach users to the unsafe water, and continued efforts to manage and prevent graffiti. Further details can be accessed here.

Rejection of Development at 10 Narooma Place

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) has refused a planning application (773/2017) to demolish a garage and erect a three-storey dwelling as this would create a housing pattern out of character with the area. The homes in this area are predominantly two-storey. Also, the scale, bulk and massing of the development would not be in character. Local residents and BCNA opposed the development - the BCNA submission can be downloaded here.