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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.