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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Beacon Cove Foodstore Redevelopment at 103 Beach Street

After a long and drawn out unresolved planning process, the IGA & Spuntino Café site has been sold with a planning permit for a three-storey development of similar height to the existing building, comprising 15 apartments with retail premises on the ground floor. The planning permit is for a layout/design like that which was proposed and displayed previously.

The new owners, the V-Leader Group, are not associated with the previous owners, Key Infrastructure Australia Pty Ltd. The new owners have said they will consult with the community once plans are settled.

Station Pier Air Quality Monitoring

The BCNA has written to the EPA requesting further air quality monitoring at Station Pier. We are grateful for the work done by the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM) in 2016/17, but this work was not comprehensive enough to reassure members that air quality meets Australian standards. A second monitoring station on one of the towers would have been necessary to check air quality at heights above the monitoring station on Station Pier.

The Australian Government sets standards for fuel emissions from ships. This is currently at 3.5% sulphur content, but is scheduled to fall to 0.5% from 1 January 2020. The BCNA has written to the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure and Transport urging the Australian Government adhere to this timetable.