Events for your Diary

November
Sun 10: 5-5:45pm, Remembrance Day Event
Sat 16: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet
Thu 21: 7pm, BCNA Neighbourhood Dinner, Pier 35

December
Sat 7: 9-10am, 3207 Beach Patrol
Sat 14: 9:30-10:30am, 3207 LoveOurStreet

January
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Friday, 23 August 2019

Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place

Since our last update we have heard that the developer has not appealed the Court of Appeal’s decision to the High Court.

The Minister for Planning is now expected to convene an Advisory Committee to provide advice to him on the use of the site. The BCNA wants to see the Advisory Committee established as soon as possible.

The Advisory Committee is expected to seek submissions from those who have an interest in the site. This would include the Victorian Ports Corporation, Melbourne (VCPM), the City of Port Phillip, TT-Line and the BCNA. The VPCM has long argued against residential development at that site because it has the potential to compromise port operations.

Update on Air Quality Monitoring

The BCNA has been seeking a long term, well-designed air quality monitoring program at Station Pier as there are legitimate concerns about air quality.

Since our last update, the EPA has met the Port of Melbourne to discuss collaborative projects to monitor air quality. The EPA reports that the discussions were very productive. One project related to “air quality monitoring in Beacon Cove to compare levels before and after the introduction of low sulphur fuels to understand and evaluate the intervention of low sulphur fuels”. This statement is referring to the new Australia-wide standards for sulphur which commence from 1 January 2020. From this date, allowable sulphur in marine fuel will drop from 3.5% to 0.5% by volume.

The EPA plans follow up meetings with the Port of Melbourne in August-September to develop details and will then discuss projects with the BCNA. 

The BCNA has assisted Deakin University and the Queensland University of Technology to conduct air quality monitoring studies in Beacon Cove (more details here).  The BCNA expects to be able to provide the results of these studies soon.

Community Forum: Are Victoria and the City of Port Phillip Ageing Well?

A community forum, hosted by the Port Phillip U3A, will be held on Saturday 12 October 2-4pm on the subject Are Victoria and the City of Port Phillip Ageing well?

The City of Port Philip (CoPP) has an ageing population. Between 2011 and 2016, in percentage terms, the population in Port Phillip aged over 50 years grew over twice as fast as the population aged under 50 years - 18.7% compared to 7.5%. The percentage of population over 50 years in 2011 was 34.6%, whereas the percentage of population over 50 years in 2016 was 39.4%.

Issues to be canvassed include aged care, health, housing, loneliness, homelessness, infrastructure, public transport, and community safety.

A strong lineup of speakers is promised including The Hon Luke Donnellan MP, Minister for Child Protection and Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Dick Gross AM, Mayor of the CoPP, and Professor Georgina Tsolidis, Chair, Older Persons Consultative Committee of the CoPP.

More details and booking information can be found here.

City of Port Phillip Public Space Strategy

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) are currently consulting on their strategy for public space. This includes looking at how public spaces should be used, re-designed and upgraded so they can meet increasing demands. As opportunities to purchase land for new public spaces are limited they want to explore other options for creating new public spaces for our community and how they can make our existing public spaces work better now and into the future.

The Beacon Cove community are encouraged to provide their views.

More details on the strategy and how to participate can be found at https://haveyoursay.portphillip.vic.gov.au/public-space-strategy.