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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Beacon Cove Landscaping

Beacon Cove Landscaping

The desolate landscape of the small parks in Beacon Cove has seen a wonderful greening occur over the last three weeks. Drought tolerant Kikuyu based turf has been laid in Mariposa Place, Beacon Vista Park, Australis Place and Park Square. Ground has been prepared and turf laying is imminent at Waterfront Place. All turf will receive start up watering with recycled water to allow it to gain root and become self sustaining. Additionally new drought tolerant trees have been planted to replace dead species and to add more shade to the bare sections of the landscape.

Garden City Reserve

Garden City Reserve

BCNA gave support to Port People (PP) in approaches to City of Port Phillip (CoPP) for the inclusion of the upgrade to Garden City Reserve in this year’s Budget. The Budget was approved and we can all see the work underway. New and widened pathways are now almost complete. Well considered new trees have been planted to follow pathways and to create interesting vistas in the landscape. Awarding of the contract for the new playground is imminent. Other works are to be completed in the coming Council year of 2009/2010. PP and CoPP personnel have done a great job in working through the details and issues.

Sandridge Beach Landscape

Sandridge Beach Landscape

CoPP has advised that community consultation has helped decide on Option 2 (with fewer new trees) for revitalisation of Sandridge Beach. This option will be staged with gradual removal of undergrowth and uplift of trees to see the impact before completing all activities. BCNA suggested this staging to allow residents to reconcile differing views on what the final landscape should look like. See link for further information. http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/landscape_urban_design.html

Seawall Damage Repair

Seawall Damage Repair

The seawall at the start of Beacon Vista has been breached for a number of years. After earlier unfulfilled commitments to fix the wall, we are now advised that MPV have clarified the works to be carried out, have allocation of money and will undertake the maintenance in the immediate future.

Repair of Bike Path

Repair of Bike Path

Last week pavement broken by palm tree roots was replaced in front of Tower 1 after months and years of complaints by various local groups and residents. Advice has been received from CoPP that damaged pavement in front of Towers 2 and 3 will be repaired very soon.

Princes Pier

Princes Pier

The State Government announced last week in the Victorian Budget that a further $20 million was allocated over the next two years to complete the Princes pier restoration project and gatehouse. We are expecting the Minister for Major Projects Victoria (MPV) to be on site within the week to announce more details. The BCNA expects to participate in the reconvened consultative group.