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Thursday, 25 June 2020

Update on 103 Beach Street (the old Foodstore)

Since our last updates (here and here) the developer has been completing details to gain Council’s approval. A major task is the relocation of the sewerage system. This involves work with South East Water, Council and the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning.

Once Council endorses the plans the developer must obtain the consent of Mirvac under the covenants for the site. Pre-selling of apartments will then occur. The building phase is expected to take about 18 months.

109 Tram Track Duplication

The Victorian Government plans to duplicate the track at the final stop on the 109 service in Beacon Cove.

The draft design for the terminus is a central island stop, which has a platform in the middle and the tracks on either side. The intension is to move the terminus slightly north so that the end of the stop is approximately in line with the railway station.

Funding is not yet approved. The BCNA has been advocating for this work to be completed at the same time as the redevelopment of the Foodstore at 103 Beach Street.

Record Membership

Thank you to all who have renewed their memberships, or who have joined the BCNA in 2019/20. Membership continues to grow and is now 458, 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 as well as posts to this website explain the issues we are involved with on your behalf.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Ferries’ Departure Opens up Opportunities to Revamp Waterfront Place

The Tasmanian Government’s decision to relocate the Spirit of Tasmania ferries to Geelong (see earlier post) provides an outstanding opportunity for the Victorian Government to redevelop the Waterfront Place precinct.

For some time the BCNA has advocated for a planned strategic development of the precinct.

With the two Sprit of Tasmania vessels ceasing to use Station Pier in 2022, the BCNA continues to urge the Victorian Government to recognise the opportunity to make the area a truly liveable gateway to Melbourne and a landmark for all.

The BCNA continues to meet our local MP, the Hon. Martin Foley MP to discuss precinct redevelopment. Mr. Foley has complemented the BCNA on its advocacy. The BCNA believes early action by the Government would also help the recovery of the State’s tourism sector from the crippling impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety at the Beacon Cove Tram Stop

The BCNA has been considering safety in the light of the redevelopment of the Foodstore at 103 Beach Street. Representatives from the BCNA have met Council staff who have been considering ways to do this. Details will be provided once they have been finalised.

Noisy Neighbours

From time to time noisy neighbours can be problem. The Environment Protection Act 1970 states that it is an offence to make ‘unreasonable noise’ from a residence. Noise can be unreasonable if a neighbour can hear it in a habitable room, such as a bedroom.

The EPA has a helpful guide which can be found here.  This guide includes a table which summarises when certain types of noise can be unreasonable.

If you are annoyed by a noisy neighbour, try to talk to them first. They may not be aware that there is a problem.

You can report residential noise to the City of Port Phillip (CoPP). Investigating officers decide if noise is unreasonable. They consider volume, source and intensity, time and place, circumstances, and how long the noise continues. You can also report residential noise, like late night parties, to police.  How to do this is explained here.

Friday, 24 April 2020

Spirit of Tasmania Ferries Moving to Geelong

The owner of the Spirit of Tasmania ferries, the TT-Line Company Pty Ltd, has announced that they will be moving their Victorian port operations from Station Pier to Corio Quay, north of Geelong. The new location is expected to improve efficiencies and allow for expansion in passenger and freight movement over time.

The company cites “significant congestion in the greater port Melbourne area, particularly when cruise ships are in port, that causes delays in loading and discharge of passengers” as a reason for the move and that “these issues will only worsen in the future”.

Further details are shown in the TT-Line press release here.

Our Latest Newsletter is Out

The latest BCNA Newsletter (The Beacon) has not been printed as we are not currently able to do the physical delivery.  So it will be electronic only.

To get it (in PDF form), click on this link.  And please send it onto others in Beacon Cove who may not see our webpage or get the email notification.

It covers:
  • BCNA's role during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • New home for the Tasmanian ferries
  • Reinvestment in the Waterfront Place precinct
  • Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place
  • Air quality monitoring near Station Pier
  • Foodstrore Redevelopment
  • New City of Port Phillip parking management policy
  • BCNA residents' dinners

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Support for Local Food Businesses

The BCNA is encouraging members to support local food businesses by gettings meals delivered or picking them up (ie take away).

The Port Melbourne Business Association (PMBA) has provided a listing of businesses open for pickup or delivery. Here's the list for dinners and here's the list for breakfasts in the area.

Newer businesses may not be shown on the PMBA list.

Foodstore Closed

The Foodstore at 103 Beach Street closed last Friday. This is a blow for the Beacon Cove community. The BCNA tried to get the closure deferred, but this was not possible.

The availability of a local store has become more important now that travel is more restricted. The owners are open to the idea of a short-term tenancy.

The BCNA has approached the Port Melbourne Business Association, the IGA group and the City of Port Phillip about the situation and the availability of the site.

The closing of the Foodstore has another implication - our post box there is no longer accessible. As a result
The BCNA has changed its postal address to:
Private Box 5042, Garden City  Vic  3207

Please ensure any correspondence to the BCNA (eg membership renewals) is sent to the new address.

Cruise Ships Update

VicPorts has continued to provide information about ships at Station Pier so it's worth checking their website on a regular basis if you are interested.

This week's update can be found here.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Beaches Closed

Late on Friday the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) announced that it was closing all beaches from 6pm Friday. Some key points from the announcement were:

"Mayor Bernadene Voss said this difficult decision was taken following large numbers of people gathering at both locations today, with many flouting social distancing rules."

"While people will still be able to access the beaches as a thoroughfare, such as for a run or walking a dog, the closure is aimed at beaches not being used as a gathering place during the COVID-19 crisis. Swimming is allowed at this stage, as long as social distancing and mass gathering rules are obeyed."

Further details can be found on the CoPP website.

Cruise Ships at Station Pier This Weekend

VicPorts has provided information about two new ships arriving at Station Pier this weekend. They are the Pacific Princess and Seabourne Sojourn. Both are enroute to North America. Their last port of call was Fremantle. Both vessels will load provisions, ship stores and take on fuel (bunkering). No passengers or crew will be disembarking.  No crew will be joining the vessels.

More information about the ships and their compliance with biosecurity provisions can be found here.

3207 BeachPatrol Group Cleans on Hold

We have been informed that all 3207 BeachPatrol and 3207 Love Our Street group cleans are on hold during this time. They are encouraging their volunteers to do individual cleans if they can and also record this on the LitterStopper app if they would like.

If you need more information regarding use of the app, please email them on admin@beachpatrol.com.au.

Friday, 27 March 2020

$2.5m Council Emergency Relief Package

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) has announced a $2.5m emergency relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers areas such as parking, rates, rent relief, homelessness, council fees, libraries, trader rebates, the South Melbourne Market, and community groups.

More information is in this press release or this video by the Mayor.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Cruise Ships at Station Pier

In response to questions from members we have asked VicPorts about the current cruise ships at Station Pier.

VicPorts have a full run down on their website, but the key points are:
  • There are currently two cruise vessels in the Port of Melbourne - Golden Princess and Viking Orion. Both have disembarked their passengers and are in lay-up awaiting orders from their Owners.
  • Viking Orion will proceed to anchor at 6pm today (Thursday 25 March).
  • Whilst the vessels are alongside Station Pier a Landside Restricted Zone (LRZ) is in place and Station Pier is closed to public access.
  • VicPorts does not have any indication from the Owners or their Agents when the vessels will depart the Port of Melbourne.

City of Port Phillip Update on COVID-19

We have been contacted by the Mayor, Councellor Bernadene Voss, asking us to highlight that the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) has published a number of messages about COVID-19 and its impact on council services and the community in general.

The latest is a statement for the Mayor published on Monday.

Ongoing updates on Council Events, Services & Facilities are available on this page.

Stay safe everyone!

Thursday, 12 March 2020

BCNA Initiates Discussions on Future use of 1-7 Waterfront Place

Since our last update the BCNA initiated a meeting with the developer’s representative. This proved constructive. We understand the developer has also met the Victorian Ports Corporation (VPC) and the City of Port Phillip.

The BCNA believes the best way to ensure the interests of the community and the VPC are met is through a Victorian Government purchase. However, the developer is keen to develop the site. To progress the issue, the BCNA has suggested that the City of Port Phillip convenes a meeting of all the parties to explore options for future use.

New Tasmanian Ferries Delayed

The Victorian Ports Corporation (VPC) has confirmed that the owner of the Spirit of Tasmania ferries, TT-Line, has cancelled a contract with a German shipyard to build two replacement ferries. The shipyard has had funding difficulties as explained earlier.

TT-Line now has a Memorandum of Understanding with a Finnish company to build the ferries. The first ferry is due in 2022.

The BCNA and other local organisations continue to meet VPC representatives to discuss plans for the redevelopment of Station Pier.

Friday, 28 February 2020

Progress on 103 Beach Street (Foodstore Site)

Since the issuing of a planning permit last November the developer has been preparing plans for endorsement by the City of Port Phillip (CoPP). Plans are expected to be submitted to the CoPP in 3-4 weeks.

The development is for a four-level building comprising a café and supermarket on the ground floor, underground car park and 12 apartments.

Once the CoPP endorses the plans the developer must obtain the consent of Mirvac under the covenants for the site. Pre-selling of apartments will then occur. The building phase is expected to take about 18 months.

The BCNA recently met CoPP staff to discuss improved safety for cyclists, pedestrians and tram users at the eastern edge of the site.

Fishermans Bend Forum

The University of the Third Age Port Phillip is hosting a forum on Fishermans Bend on Saturday 21 March from 2.30 to 4pm. The speakers are Janet Bolitho (Fishermans Bend Development Board member and former Mayor of the City of Port Phillip), Bernadene Voss (Mayor, City of Port Phillip) and Rob McGauran (Director, MGS architects). Further details are shown here.

Mid-season Review of Crew Club

The Crew Club has been operating since 3 November 2019 from the rear of Mr Hobson restaurant. It has welcomed over 1400 crew from 61 Ships. At a mid-season review in January, the parties agreed to continue the trial for the remainder of the cruise season. However, it was decided to relocate the service to West Finger Kiosk.

The most popular services have been free WiFi, the exchange of currency, the purchase of phone cards and local information such as the nearest supermarket, shops and basketball courts. The Crew Club will be managed and manned by the Mission to Seafarers and Waterfront Welcomers for the remainder of the season.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Update on Fishermans Bend

The BCNA representatives recently met Tania Quick, General Manager of the Fishermans Bend Taskforce to hear about progress. We heard that the project has been delayed due to losses of staff, no quick replacement of staff, and changes in Ministerial responsibilities. This means that the draft Precinct plans have not been released (they were due first half 2019) and the Infrastructure Contributions Plan has been delayed (this was due in the First Quarter 2019). The Infrastructure Contributions Plan and a Funding and Finance Strategy are now expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

The Department of Transport is developing a Business Case for tram and rail provision which will be considered in the May 2021 Victorian Government Budget. Two tram spur lines are being considered once the line crosses from the CBD into the Lorimer Precinct:
  • One would be into the Employment Precinct to service businesses such as the proposed University of Melbourne School of Engineering and the former GMH site
  • the other would be along Plummer Street in the Wirraway Precinct where residential apartments are being constructed.
Indicative tram (dashed blue) and rail (red/orange/yellow) routes can be seen in the 2018 Fishermans Bend Framework:


The BCNA will be writing to the Hon. Gavin Jennings MP, Minister for Priority Precincts, and to the Treasurer urging early provision of tram and rail services. This is needed to encourage investment and new residents into Fishermans Bend. It will also ease congestion on Williamstown Road and other nearby roads.

Support for East Gippsland

The Port Melbourne Business Association (PMBA) has established a ‘sister’ relationship with Lakes Entrance through their Business Associations. This is designed to help them get back on their feet after the recent fires.

The Lakes Entrance community has been hit hard by the loss of tourism spending in the area. The PMBA is encouraging the Port Melbourne community to help by visits to the area, buying produce and encouraging sporting clubs to arrange fixtures. The BCNA encourages members to consider ways that they might support the Lakes Entrance community.

More details about the PMBA initiative can be found here. The initiative will be launched at a public event from 6 to 7 pm on Thursday, 27th February at the Port Melbourne Town Hall.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Blessing of the Waters - Sunday 12 January

Happy New Year to everyone and sorry for the late notice on this event - I only saw the preparations starting this (Saturday) morning!

The annual Greek Orthodox Blessing of the Waters ceremony will be held on Princes Pier at 1pm on (this) Sunday 12 January.  The ceremony will be followed by music, dancing and activities for children until late afternoon.

Food and drink will be available at the Pier together with a variety of other stalls.

More details can be found here.