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Monday, 12 November 2018

Election Pledges Affecting Beacon Cove

The BCNA has met four (of the six) candidates standing for Albert Park to discuss our request for a long-term air quality monitoring program at Station Pier; the introduction of low-sulphur marine fuel for ships using Station Pier; and the need for the Victorian Government to reinvest in the Waterfront Place precinct. We are attempting to meet the remaining candidates.

The candidates’ responses are as follows:
  • Martin Foley, Andrew Bond and Tamasin Ramsay support air quality monitoring at Station Pier.  
  • Tamasin Ramsay supports the mandated use of 0.1% sulphur in fuel for all ships using Station Pier. Andrew Bond is prepared to advocate for the lower standard with the Commonwealth Government which has responsibility.
  • Martin Foley and Tamasin Ramsay support reinvestment in the Waterfront Place precinct.  Andrew Bond would be happy to investigate any proposal put forward by Council as Council is the Responsible Authority for all areas other than Station Pier.
To see the detailed responses, just click on the names here: Martin Foley (Labor), Andrew Bond (Liberal)Tamasin Ramsay (Animal Justice).

Ogy Simic, the Greens candidate, had not responded by the deadline for this post. We will post his response when it is received.

Friday, 2 November 2018

BCNA AGM Report



The BCNA AGM was held last night (Thursday) with 33 members attending.  Both the Mayor of the City of Port Phillip (CoPP), Bernadene Voss, and our state member of Parliament, Martin Foley, gave short presentations and answered members' questions.

Some key points from the presentations that may be of interest to those who did not attend were:
  • There will be a breakfast forum with the candidates for the Albert Park electorate in the forthcoming state election. It will be held on Wednesday 7th November at Mr Hobsons on Station Pier. More details and registration details can be found here.
  • The two Spirit of Tasmania ships are to be replaced by bigger, cleaner, versions in 2021. More details can be found here and here.
  • Apparently the architect and proposed design of the Beacon Cove Foodstore redevopment has been changed and the CoPP has been advised that they now intend to plan to the full height allowance of ~19m, some metres taller than the original proposal. More details to come...
  • If residents want to receive the CoPP Council Meeting agendas each week, then email H6@portphillip.vic.gov.au and your email will be included on the distribution list.
  • Residents can sign up at https://haveyoursay.portphillip.vic.gov.au/ to be sent notices about the topics on which CoPP is currently seeking consultation.  Beacon Cove residents are encouraged to sign up and contribute to ensure that feedback is balanced across the whole City of Port Phillip.
Questions covered in the meeting included topics such as the increasing amount of plastics (and other waste) on our beaches, fortnightly rubbish collections, what is happening to the waste transfer station, motorcycle noise, how to stop destruction of historic pubs etc (eg the London), and how are rates determined.

Following the presentations our President, Eddie Micallef, presented his annual President's Report (download here), the annual accounts were presented and approved, and a Committee elected for the coming year.

Congratulations (and thanks!) to Eddie Micallef (President), Pam Montgomery (VP), Bill Fisher (Hon Sec), Roger Joyce (Hon Treas), Grant Aldous, Geoff Lord, Greg Mate, Robyn McKenna, Richard Nowotny, and Julie Simpkin, for volunteering to help and being elected.

Draft Minutes of the meeting will be sent to BCNA members in the next month.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Supreme Court Rules Minister’s ‘Call In’ for 1-7 Waterfront Place is Lawful

On Monday 22 October 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the Minister for Planning’s ‘call in’ for 1-7 Waterfront Place is lawful. The developer had objected stating that the Minister’s call in was not given in time before the VCAT hearing set down for 30 July 2018. The Supreme Court’s ruling means that the Minister’s request stands. The decision can be appealed.

The Minister’s letter states that the reason for calling in is that the application raises “…a major issue of policy, and determination of the proceeding may have a substantial effect on the achievement or development of planning objectives”. The ‘calling in’ by the Minister was supported by the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM), the City of Port Phillip, the TT-Line, the tourism industry, the BCNA and The Hon. Martin Foley, MP.

If the decision is not appealed, the Minister will establish an Advisory Committee to provide advice on use of the site.

The BCNA believes that the site should be considered by the VPCM to improve the functioning of the area. Port operations would be better protected if there was no residential development at 1-7 Waterfront Place. There is an Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO 4) over the land near Station Pier (1-7 Waterfront Place, 101 Beach Street and 103 Beach Street). The overlay, which is part of the Port Phillip Planning Scheme, manages potential conflicts between land in the port environs and the adjoining Port of Melbourne.

Reminder of BCNA AGM - Next Thursday

Just reminding BCNA members that the 2018 AGM is next Thursday at 6:30pm in the Sandridge Community Centre and Trugo Club, Garden City Reserve. The Guest Speaker will be Bernadene Voss, Mayor of the City of Port Phillip and a brief report will be provided by The Hon. Martin Foley, MP.

Financial members of BCNA were emailed the Notice of Meeting with links to the agenda and other papers on the 1st October. If you can't find the email please contact the Honorary Secretary at secretary@beaconcove.org.au.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Navy Visit with a Sunset Gun Salute

We have just been told by the Victorian Ports Corporation that HMAS Warramunga will be berthed on the outer west of Station Pier this Friday.

She will fire a volley of blank cartridges for sunset. Two volleys will be fired in training at approximately 3:30–4pm and a third volley will be fired at an official reception that will be held on-board at 7:30pm.

Another (closer) State Election Candidates Forum

Thanks to Janet Bolitho, I've just been made aware of another candidates forum which is a bit closer to Beacon Cove, albeit focussed on Southbank and Montague residents.

6:30-8:30pm, Tuesdeay 30 October
Boyd Community Hub (Assembly Hall), 207 City Road, Southbank

The candidates participating:
Martin Foley - Labor
Andrew Bond - Liberal
Ogy Simic - Greens

This event will be moderated by the politically astute, Walkely award-winning journalist, former City of Melbourne and City of Manningham Councillor and founder of Crikey.com, Stephen Mayne.

Tea and coffee is available from 6pm, for a 6.30pm event start.

This free community event is an initiative of the Southbank Residents Association.

More information and bookings can be found here.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

State Election Candidates Forum

Forum.org.au is arranging a forum with the candidates for the Albert Park electorate in the forthcoming state election on Saturday 24 November.

6:30-8:30pm, Monday 29 October
Alex Theatre, 135 Fitzroy St, St Kilda (formally The George)

This is a free event, no tickets, no registration, just turn up. Questions can be submitted in advance at https://forum.org.au/questions/. For further details go to www.forum.org.au.

The candidates:
Martin Foley - Labor
Andrew Bond - Liberal
Ogy Simic - Greens
Tamasin Ramsay - Animal Justice
Jarryd Bartle - Reason
Steven Armstrong - Sustainable Australia

As far as we know there won't be any similar forum in Beacon Cover or Port Melbourne this election - although there was the Transport Forum that told you about back in September.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Final plans for Fishermans Bend Released



The BCNA Committee is pleased to see that the Victorian Government has finally released the long term plan to guide the development of Fishermans Bend (14MB) and protect it from over-development. The Framework is supported by new planning controls developed following extensive public consultation and further supported by an infrastructure funding plan.

A smaller (1MB) "fact sheet" can be downloaded here.

Next year the precinct plans will be developed to provide fine grain detail to stamp the individual character of the separate neighbourhoods.

More information such as a video, planning controls, media announcements, public engagement report and other supporting material can be found at www.fishermansbend.vic.gov.au/framework.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

BCNA Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Annual General Meeting for the BCNA will be held at the Sandridge Community Centre and Trugo Club, Garden City Reserve on Thursday 1 November 2018 at 6pm. The meeting will commence at 6:30pm. Reports and the annual financial statement for BCNA will be presented. The election of office bearers will occur.

The Guest Speaker will be Bernadene Voss, Mayor of the City of Port Phillip. A brief report will be provided by The Hon. Martin Foley, MP. Financial members of BCNA will be sent the Agenda and papers in the next few weeks.

Air Quality Monitoring to Commence

The EPA has agreed to commence air quality monitoring near Station Pier. This arrangement is temporary as the equipment may need to be used for emergency air quality incidents. The commencement of monitoring is in response to a BCNA request to the Minister for the Environment, The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, MP and representations to The Hon. Martin Foley, MP.

The BCNA continues to request long term air quality monitoring at Station Pier.

Monitoring at Station Pier in 2016/17 by the Victorian Ports Corporation (VPC) revealed elevated levels of sulphur dioxide comparted to nearby EPA monitoring stations at Footscray and Altona North. Also, the annual average PM2.5 value of 8.4 µg/m3 exceeded the 8.0 µg/m3 level specified in the State Environment Protection Policy (Ambient Air Quality) standard.

The EPA has encouraged academics from Deakin University and the Queensland University of Technology to undertake air quality monitoring projects at Station Pier. The BCNA will provide details once these are finalised.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Election Issues for the BCNA

The BCNA has met with and briefed the known candidates for Albert Park on issues important for this community. They are The Hon. Martin Foley, MP (ALP), Andrew Bond (Liberal) and Ogy Simic (Greens). Other candidates will be contacted once they are known.

Our requests are for a long-term air quality monitoring program at Station Pier; the introduction of low sulphur marine fuel for ships using Station Pier; and the need for the Victorian Government to reinvest in the Waterfront Place precinct. We provided the attached statements to explain our requests on air quality, low sulphur marine fuel and reinvestment in the Waterfront Place precinct.

We encourage members to contact the candidates to support the BCNA position. We will report on each candidate’s commitments on our issues up until the election. The BCNA will also use media opportunities to explain our position.

Station Pier Redevelopment Survey

A few weeks ago we highlighted that The Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) is running community workshops to hear community views about the redevelopment of Station Pier and the near area.

They are also seeking community views through a survey. The BCNA encourages all members to complete the short survey which can be found here.

And whilst we're at it, here's a reminder that the final workshop is being held on Wednesday 26 September from 6-8 pm at the Mr Hobson restaurant. Please RSVP by 5pm on Friday 21 September if you can attend. Further details can be found here.

Piers Festival 2018 - Saturday 6 October



This year’s Piers Festival will be held on Saturday 6th October from 11.30am to 4pm on Station Pier. Please note the change from Princes Pier where it has been held in the past.

The festival brings to life the pivotal role the Pier in Victoria’s growth as a gate-way to diversity of cultures that enrich our community. Further details (and a reminder that you can put on the fridge) can be found here.

Illegal Parking in Beacon Cove

Illegal parking (where the vehicle overstays the permitted time) occurs in streets in Beacon Cove. It is a particular problem for residents near Station Pier.

The BCNA recommends that residents report illegal parking to the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) on 9209 6777 from 7am to 11pm on weekdays and weekends. Follow the prompts to ‘parking enquiries’, ‘parking fines and tickets’, ‘all other enquiries’) to speak to a CoPP officer who will arrange for a Parking Officer to assess the situation. This action will assist the CoPP to develop more accurate records on the extent of the problem. In time, this should lead to better policies to discourage illegal parking.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

State Election Transport Forum - 13 September

Sorry about the late notice on this - we only just found out ourselves.

This pre-election forum on transport issues will hear from candidates in the forthcoming November state election including:
  • Martin Foley MP, Albert Park MLA 
  • Andrew Bond (Liberal candidate for Albert Park) and 
  • Ogy Simic (Greens candidate for Albert Park).
It will be held at Port Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday 13 September from 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm.

The forum is an opportunity to put questions to the candidates and hear their answers directly.
It’s a free event but RSVP is recommended.  More details are available here.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Workshop on Future Plans for Station Pier

The Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) has informed us that they will be holding three workshops to discuss future plans for Station Pier and the precinct.

These will be held at Mr Hobson (9 Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne) on the following dates:
28 August – 10am-12 noon
(RSVP by Friday 24 August - yes that's yesterday for those who get this on email but we only just got told so hopefully Monday will do!)
12 September – 3-5pm (RSVP by Friday 7 September)
26 September – 6-8pm (RSVP by Friday 21 September)

RSVPs should be directed to rob.nyaguy@newgatecomms.com.au or just call 9611 1800.

A flyer with more information can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Minister ‘Calls In’ Planning Application for 1-7 Waterfront Place

The Minister for Planning, the Hon Richard Wynne MP, has ‘called in’ the planning application for 1-7 Waterfront Place. The ‘calling in’ was supported by the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM), the City of Port Phillip (CoPP), the TT-Line, the tourism industry, the BCNA and the Hon Martin Foley, MP.

The Minister’s letter states that the reason for calling in is that the application raises “…a major issue of policy, and determination of the proceeding may have a substantial effect on the achievement or development of planning objectives”.

The developer of the site has objected to the call-in. The matter is now likely to be heard in the Supreme Court later this year. If the Minister’s call in is successful, the matter would be referred to an Advisory Committee.

The BCNA believes the call in would be a good outcome for the community, if it proceeds. Port operations would be better protected if there was no residential development at 1-7 Waterfront Place. The VPCM would then be able to plan to use the site to improve the functioning of the area. This is important as cruise ships visits, visitors as well as domestic freight and passenger transport services provide benefits to the Victorian economy. At the same time, the local community avoids a ten-storey building which would have overshadowed the foreshore and the additional traffic created from 174 apartments plus two retail premises.

The VPCM has been allocated $5.8 million in the recent State Government budget for planning for domestic ferry and cruise ship operations.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

New Fishermans Bend Secondary School Consultation Opens 23 July

We now have some more information on the new secondary school planned for Fishermans Bend which we first highlighted here.

The 2018-19 State Budget allocated $3.8 million to plan a new secondary school in Fishermans Bend. The new school will be a vertical building, located at 477 Graham Street, Port Melbourne. The Victorian School Building Authority is now seeking community input to help shape the school designs.

From Monday 23 July to Monday 13 August a web page will be available at engage.vic.gov.au/fishermans-bend-secondary-school where you can provide your views.

You can also attend one of the following drop-in workshops:

Wednesday 1 August, anytime between 6pm - 7.30pm
Port Melbourne Colts Junior Football Club, J.L Murphy Reserve
Corner Williamstown Road and Graham Street, Port Melbourne

Friday 3 August, anytime between 3pm - 5pm
Port Melbourne Primary School
415 Graham Street Port Melbourne

A summary for your fridge can be downloaded here.

For further information, please visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au or email vsba@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Monday, 16 July 2018

BCNA Submission on Air Quality

In May, the Victorian Government released an Air Quality Statement and invited feedback. This is one step in the Victorian Government’s preparations for the release of an Air Quality Policy in 2019.

The BCNA prepared a response drawing on local concerns about air quality at Station Pier. The pollutants at Station Pier are sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter (PM), especially small particles (PM2.5 and smaller) as they are associated with asthma incidence and severity and other health problems, including cancer and premature mortality.

Monitoring by the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM) in 2016/17 at Station Pier revealed elevated levels of sulphur dioxide and particulate matter than at nearby EPA monitoring stations at Brooklyn and Altona North. The readings for small particulate matter (PM2.5) exceeded the level specified in the State Environment Protection Policy (SEPP) (Ambient Air Quality).

The BCNA submission explains that the VPCM monitoring results should have been the trigger for the EPA to introduce an air quality program. The submission also includes discussion about the need to continue to review and revise national standards for air pollutants and that the EPA should have the capacity to proactively monitor potential problem areas. That is, it needs to proactively identify areas that are likely to have air quality issues and to monitor these areas in a timely manner to identify whether they do breach air quality standards rather than exposing the community to unmonitored long term poor air quality.

The full BCNA submission can be downloaded here.

Port Planning - Domestic Ferry and Cruise Ship Operations

The Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM) received $5.8 million in the recent State Budget. This is to undertake planning works to facilitate the growth of domestic ferry and cruise ship operations. As part of this process the VPCM will be convening a series of stakeholder engagement meetings over the next six months to hear from the community. The BCNA has been invited to participate.

The VPCM is taking a wide view of the problems in the area. They are committed to exploring solutions to improve traffic flow. Given this, the BCNA has developed an initial list of issues for discussion with the VPCM. The list includes:
  • Traffic issues (adequacy of the queuing lane and the Princes Street roundabout)
  • Station Pier (cruise ship visitors need easy movement 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
  • The need to work closely with Melbourne Water so that the storm water drain can be realigned as part of any capital works program.
Our complete list of issues can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Consultation Extended on Princes Street Roundabout Changes

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) has agreed to extend the consultation period by one week for the proposed trial barring right and U turns from Beach Street (eastbound) or Princes Street which we highlighted yesterday. Residents will now have until Monday 2 July to provide feedback on the proposal.

An aerial view of the Beach Street, Waterfront Place and Princes Street roundabout in Port Melbourne showing a temporary extension of the Beach Street median (east approach) connecting with the roundabout.

Feedback can be made or further information can be obtained by emailing transport@portphillip.vic.gov.au or by ringing 9209 6777.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Proposed Trial: Beach & Princes Streets & Waterfront Place Roundabout

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) is planning to introduce a left-turn only barrier at this roundabout for traffic entering the roundabout from Princes Street. This and other improvements is in response to residents’ concerns about the congestion that often occurs at this roundabout when large vehicles attempt to turn right from Princess Street or Beach Street into Waterfront Place. The improvements will be trialled over 12-months during the 2018-19 cruise ship season. The change will commence in September 2018.
An aerial view of the Beach Street, Waterfront Place and Princes Street roundabout in Port Melbourne showing a temporary extension of the Beach Street median (east approach) connecting with the roundabout.

The CoPP has notified some nearby residents but not all who will be affected. Residents have until Monday, 26 June 2018 to comment on the proposal.  Details of the proposal can be accessed here.  Further information can be obtained by emailing transport@portphillip.vic.gov.au or by ringing 9209 6777.

The BCNA has asked that the consultation period to be extended given that many nearby residents have not been notified.

Reinvestment in the Waterfront Place Area

For some time, it has been recognised that the area near Station Pier is not working well for residents and visitors. For example, the area often becomes ‘grid locked’ when cruise ships and the Spirit of Tasmania are at berth. This hinders visitors to and from ships as well as freight movement. Taxis often refuse to enter the area when it is grid locked and emergency services vehicles have great difficulty entering the area. The public realm looks ‘run down’ and is not an inviting place for visitors. There is a lack of shops, services and amenities and the area is very weather exposed. The Port Melbourne Business Association and the BCNA have discussed this situation with the City of Port Phillip (CoPP). The BCNA has also discussed the functioning of the area with the Victorian Ports Corporation (VPC). All agree that the area requires review and reinvestment.

The VPC received $5.8 million in the recent State Budget to undertake planning works to facilitate the growth of domestic ferry and cruise ship operations. This funding provides an opportunity to examine these issues and to develop plans to make the area work more efficiently. The CoPP plans to review a plan for the area (known as an Urban Design Framework) that was developed in 2013.

New High School Site Confirmed

The State Government seems to have recently finalised that the location of the first new high school in Fishermans Bend will be at 477 Graham Street (close to or on the corner of Plummer Street), which is immediately adjacent to Murphy’s Reserve on Williamstown Road.

The announcement seems to have been very low key with the only reports of it I can find being on Southbank Local News and the Herald Sun (paywall, requires a subscription to read). The Victorian Schools Building Authority site has limited information about the project too.

If we get more information about it I'll let you know.

Record Membership

Thank you to all who have renewed their memberships or who have joined the BCNA in 2017/18. Membership has reached 402, which is a new record for the BCNA.

The BCNA continues to be active on your behalf in protecting and enhancing the amenity of the area. Our last Newsletter and the various posts to this website explain the issues we pursue on your behalf.

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.

Port Phillip CEO Report

This report from the CEO of the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) may be of interest to some of you. It includes the usual assessment of how CoPP is meeting its objectives and a financial summary.

It also includes some information on the work being undertaken for planning the relocation of the waste transfer station. Those that don't visit the waste transfer station very often may be interested to know that it now has new residential apartments overlooking it from directly across the street.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Community Forum for Fishermans Bend Development - Tuesday 20 March

For those that are interested, a community forum on the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA) is going to be held on Tuesday 20 March at 6:15pm.

This is a timely opportunity to hear from the current batch of politicians about what’s in store for us over the next few years. We are also in the middle of a Planning Panel Review on the Government’s Draft Strategic Framework for FBURA.

Entry is free, and there is no need for registration – although you may want to get there early to guarantee a seat. More details are on a flyer which can be downloaded here.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Foodstore Redevelopment at 103 Beach Street

The IGA & Spuntino Café site was sold in 2017 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.

We understand that the new owners, the V-Leader Group, have discussed plans for the site with Council. The owners have said they will consult with the community once plans are settled.

Princes Street Storm Water Drain



The BCNA has been advocating for an upgrade to this drain. The heavy rains in late December 2016 and in January 2017 highlighted the problems. Storm water discharges directly onto Port Melbourne beach and a large area was covered by a very smelly and unsightly scum. This type of event occurs after heavy rains in the catchment. The scum constitutes a health hazard as there is inadequate signage by the EPA alerting beach users and swimmers to the dangers. It also provides a poor image to tourists and visitors.

The drain is the responsibility of Melbourne Water. A re-alignment was agreed between Melbourne Water and the community in 2006 that would take the storm water further out into the bay. Unfortunately, this work has not been given priority. The BCNA has written to the Minister for Water seeking an upgrade but without success. We have discussed our concerns with The Hon. Martin Foley, the State Member for Albert Park. He has undertaken to discuss our concerns with the Minister for Water.

Update on Fishermans Bend

A Planning Review Panel was formed last year to advise the Minister on a new planning control for the Fishermans Bend area.

The Panel will commence public hearings in March. The hearings are designed to give Councils, land owners, agencies, community groups and individuals who made submissions on the draft Framework an opportunity to explain their concerns. The Panel is then expected to provide its report to the Minister within 40 business days of the last day of public hearings.

The BCNA raised concerns about the poor decision-making model for the project (five organization are involved), the absence of an operational plan, and no agreed budget in a submission last December. Rowan Groves, President of Port People Inc., will include our concerns in a presentation from South Port Urban Responsible Renewal (SPURR). SPURR represents 49 community groups in the South Melbourne, Port Melbourne and nearby areas. The BCNA is a member.

It is unfortunate that planning controls are being drafted before the strategic direction for the area is settled and announced by the Victorian Government.

Last week the Minister for Planning announced that he was “calling in” 26 major projects for the area. These will be assessed against the new planning control by an independent advisory committee.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Update on Development at 1-7 Waterfront Place

We understand that VCAT will review the City of Port Phillip's (CoPP) decision to refuse a planning application for the “construction of a 10-storey mixed use building over two basement levels containing 175 dwellings and two retail premises of 355 square metres and a reduction in car parking requirements” at a six-day hearing commencing on the 19th March 2018. (VCAT Ref P2100/2017).

The developer submitted new plans for the site in early February. If you objected to the earlier plans, you should have received a letter from the developer’s solicitors with details. If not, contact Ms Rhodie Anderson at randerson@rigbycooke.com.au. Original objectors may wish to revise their Statement of Grounds now that new plans have been submitted. This needs to be on the VCAT application form with copies sent to the CoPP and the developer’s solicitor. New objectors can complete a Statement of Grounds. A fee of $19.90 applies for individuals and not-for-profit organisations. Fee details are shown at www.vcat.vic.gov.au.  New and revised Statement of Grounds must be submitted by 27 February 2018.

The BCNA Committee met CoPP planning staff to discuss the plans. As a result, the Committee has decided to continue to object to the plans. The Committee wants to see the site developed but according to the CoPP's planning guidelines. Our objections are about visual bulk, that the plans were not in accordance with the plans listed in the VCAT Order of January 2015; overshadowing of the foreshore; and traffic congestion. Our revised Statement of Grounds can be downloaded here.

More Air Quality Monitoring at Station Pier

The Minister for the Environment has written to The Hon. Martin Foley, Member for Albert Park, informing him that the EPA will request the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM) to expand its current monitoring program at Station Pier to include an additional monitoring station. The EPA will work with VPCM and the BCNA to determine a suitable location for the station. Information gathered from additional monitoring will assist the EPA to determine what steps may be required to address potential air quality issues.

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 Commonwealth Minister’s office has written to the BCNA to say that they expect all vessels and ships to comply with the new standards from 1 January 2020.

Beacon Cove Seawall Repairs

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) will commence seawall repairs this week. Certain areas of the seawall require repair to maintain structural integrity.

The work will predominantly be in an area close to Princes Pier. All work is expected to be completed by 31 March 2018, weather permitting.  The CoPP will attempt to minimise disruption to use of the boardwalk.

Beachpatrol 3207 Free Film Night

On Thursday 15 March, Beachpatrol 3207 has arranged a free showing of a recent documentary on plastic in our oceans around the world. A Plastic Ocean has won many awards for its content and spectacular photography.

There will be a short Q&A session afterwards and tea and coffee is provided.

The venue is the Port Melbourne Town Hall and reservations are required. Door open at 6:15pm and it should be finished by 9pm. More details can be found here.