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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Federal Election Issue for BCNA

The BCNA has decided to meet the candidates for Macnamara (formerly Melbourne Ports) to seek support for the introduction of low sulphur marine fuel for ships using Station Pier. The known candidates are Kate Ashmor (Liberal), Josh Burns (ALP) and Steph Hodgins-May (Greens). Other candidates will be contacted once they are known.

The introduction of low sulphur fuel requires co-operative action between the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

The BCNA is seeking a 0.1% sulphur content for marine fuel for ships berthing at Station Pier. This standard has applied in Sydney Harbour from 2015 and is the same standard that now applies 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. We are using this statement to explain our request.

The BCNA will publish the candidates’ responses on our website later this month.

We encourage members to contact the candidates to support the BCNA position. We will report on each candidate’s response up until the election.

Update on Port Planning

The Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) has released the results of the community consultation they conducted in Sep-Oct 2018. The objective of this consultation was to understand community views on the current operation of Station Pier and to collect ideas on future use of the pier and surrounding area. This information will be used in planning for the redevelopment of the pier. Major findings were:
  • Respondents have a strong emotional connection to Station Pier as a working port and as a historical landmark
  • Respondents visit Station Pier for a variety of reasons, but primarily to relax and socialise with friends and family
  • There is support for increased visitor numbers
Traffic congestion was the top concern.

A newsletter summarising the results of the consultation will be delivered to residents in coming weeks.  A copy can be downloaded here. A more detailed report can be downloaded here. VPCM has submitted a proposal for funding the redevelopment. This will be considered for inclusion in the next Victorian Budget (May 2019).