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Sunday, 12 August 2012

Fencing of Port Melbourne Beach Dune Areas

Fencing of Port Melbourne Beach Dune Areas

Feedback to the CoPP no later than 31 August 2012

The BCNA has been advised by the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) that there is a need to remove a relatively small area of dunes at the Port Melbourne Life Saving Club (PMLSC) to reinstate the necessary beach area for the Club’s key beach activities.
The BCNA and PMLSC have been advised that due to this requirement the Department of Sustainability and Environment has advised Council that all the dune areas of the Port Melbourne Beaches have to be fenced and the areas managed strictly in accordance with their statuary requirements for coastal areas.
The Council will shortly submit to the community plans for fencing the dunes into many small areas with tight direct walkways from esplanade to the shore and will be requesting comment.
The BCNA understands the fencing will encourage the growth of wild protected bush areas similar to that which has been achieved at the Perce White Reserve in recent years. This is seen as the prime reason for the fencing.
The BCNA is opposed to the fencing of these dunes. They have been in existence in their present form for more than a century they are the character and heritage of the Port Melbourne beaches. They have never been fenced; they are a beach park offering freedom of access and pleasure to young and old. They complement the beach the sea and the esplanade maintaining clear and attractive views across the bay of ships yacht and all manner of activities.  The dune areas are growing and are all in a very healthy state.  We see no sound reason for fencing.

If you are concerned with the Council's plans for fencing be sure to advise the CoPP as per below and the BCNA at FeedbackBCNA@gmail.com .
Full details of the amended proposal at at the CoPP website at
To have your say contact the council  officer whose details are below
 by no later than 31 August
David Hehir, Foreshore Coordinator
Parks and Open Space, City of Port Phillip
Phone:  92096635  Mobile0428275929