Events for your Diary

June
  • Sat 18, 9:30-10:30am: Love our Streets, meeting at Olive's Corner, Bay and Liardet Streets

  • July
  • Sat 2, 9-10am: Beach Patrol, meeting at Sandridge Beach
  • Sat 16, 9:30-10:30am: Love our Streets, meeting at Graham Street underpass

  • August
  • Sat 6, 9-10am: Beach Patrol, meeting at Princes Pier
  • Sat 20, 9:30-10:30am: Love our Streets, meeting at 109 tram terminus
  • Latest News

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    Tuesday, 21 June 2022

    Record Membership

    Thank you to all who have renewed their memberships, or who have joined the BCNA in 2021/22. Thank you for your support.

    Membership continues to grow and is now 467, a new record for the BCNA. 

    If your membership is due for renewal, we will have recently sent you a renewal notice so please check your letterbox.

    And if you're not yet a member, click here to join 😀.

    Thursday, 16 June 2022

    Update on Webb Dock Extension Project

    From the Port of Melbourne:

    The Webb Dock East Extension Project has kicked off since the contract announcement in March 2022.

    Demolition works for a redundant piece of concrete pier, colloquially known as ‘the knuckle’, have started with service relocations and site establishment works successfully completed.

    In recent weeks, saw-cutting and coring of the old structure has taken place, and sections of concrete slabs have been removed. 

    “Our works will enable larger ships to call at the terminal, helping to make the Port of Melbourne more productive and efficient,” said Walter Cambruzzi, Senior Project Manager.

    The project team is looking ahead to the arrival on site of a spudded pontoon with crane to assist in the demolition and piling works, and the arrival of the piles required for the 71 metre extension of the quay line.

    Wednesday, 25 May 2022

    103 Beach Street (Foodstore site) Update

    The current developer of this site (Luxcon) has approval from the City of Port Phillip (Council) to build a four storey building with one level of underground parking. As we highlighted in our last update, they are seeking a new permit to build to five storeys with two levels of underground parking.

    BCNA Committee members recently participated in several meetings with Luxcon representatives.

    The first meeting was convened by the Council to allow Q&A with the developer and residents. The Council is reviewing the latest application and will formally consider this shortly.  

    With regards to the proposed five story design, the BCNA has objected to the following attributes of the new application: 

    • the west end of the car park will close, leaving only one combined entrance and exit for cars;
    • space for a small supermarket is planned but a tenant has not been confirmed;
    • access to any supermarket will only be from Beach St, not from Waterfront Place;
    • the proposed additional level creates overshadowing onto the front pedestrian areas; and
    • the existing bike path and pedestrian walkway will be further constrained alongside the tram line.

    Demolition of the existing building is expected to start in June 2022. Once the design is finalised, the build is anticipated to take 12-16 months, with expectations to hit ground water at 2.5 meters. Because of this, there is anticipated to be several months of piling activity.

    Friday, 20 May 2022

    Garden City Reserve – BMX Pump Track

    The BCNA continues to monitor the proposed development by the City of Port Phillip (Council) for a small BMX track near the playground in Garden City reserve.

    A Have Your Say page was published by the Council on 23 March and onsite pop-up sessions were held to provide project information and to give community members an opportunity to ask questions about the project. The consultation identified that many members of the community around Garden City are opposed to having the BMX track at this site. The consultation also identified a covenant affecting part of the Garden City Reserve that precludes the building of the BMX track in the proposed location.

    The issue was considered at the recent council meeting of 18 May and it was agreed not to pursue the BMX track in Garden City reserve. Other sites along the foreshore are being considered and more detail can be found here.

    Wednesday, 13 April 2022

    Princes Street Storm Water Drain

    The storm water drain from Princes Street into the bay near Station Pier continues to attract attention. The BCNA has long had concerns on health and appearance issues associated with this drain, which is owned by Melbourne Water, and continues to advocate for enhancements in keeping with Melbourne’s status as a “liveable city”.

    On 31 March this year, representatives from the BCNA met onsite with John Thwaites, Chairman of the Board of Melbourne Water, and Tim Wood, General Manager of Asset Management Services at Melbourne Water. The BCNA outlined the issues associated with the drain, noting its propensity to stagnate with associated health issues, and suggested it presented a poor face to cruise ship visitors at the gateway to Victoria. The BCNA noted the recent upgrade to Melbourne Water’s Shakespeare Grove storm water outlet, just south of Donovan’s restaurant in St Kilda, and suggested this was worthy of consideration for Princes Street.

    Melbourne Water indicated the drain was a major capital asset and had an estimated further life of 25 years. They proposed to undertake consultation with the CoPP regarding near term enhancements such as pumping arrangements to reduce pooling. The BCNA will continue to advocate for improvements to this important location.

    Extension of Webb Dock East

    The Port of Melbourne is reporting that construction work is getting underway at Webb Dock East to reduce port congestion, improve efficiency and accommodate larger ships.

    The project involves demolishing a redundant section of concrete and extending the quay line by 71 metres, restoring Webb Dock East’s intended design capacity to a two-berth terminal.

    A short video announcing the project can be found here and one showing more details of the extension can be found here.

    Saturday, 9 April 2022

    Council Supports Anti-hoon Measures

    At its meeting on 6 April, the City of Port Phillip considered the introduction of anti hoon Local Laws as well as other measures to stop hooning in Port Phillip. This was in response to petitions Council received from the BCNA and the Hon. Josh Burns, Federal Member for Macnamara.

    The BCNA has advocated for the introduction of anti hoon Local Laws as introduced in other municipalities. Recently, Victoria Police formally requested that the City of Port Phillip develop a hooning Local Law.

    Council agreed to consider the following:

    • A hooning Local Law as part of Council’s Local Law 2023 Review;
    • The purchase of a mobile CCTV trailer;
    • Installing a temporary raised pedestrian crossing at the existing pedestrian crossing at Waterfront Place as a 12-month trial; and
    • Investigating options with Victoria Police to collaborate on joint enforcement of metered parking in the Station Pier carpark.

    The BCNA welcomes these measures and thank Gateway Ward Councillors – Mayor Marcus Pearl, Peter Martin and Heather Cunsolo for their support and work on this issue over many months.

    It is important to continue to report hoon activity, as this helps police to target ‘hot spots.’  Victoria Police has asked residents to report information involving hoon driving to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the web site. When a hoon event is occurring, always call Triple Zero (000). All information provided to police is assessed and investigated.

    Spirit of Tasmania – Move to Corio Quay

    The CEO for Ports Victoria, Brendan Webb, was recently interviewed on ABC News radio and provided the following update about the impending move of the Spirit of Tasmania.

    The enhancements to Corio Quay (north Geelong) are on track to be completed this winter and it is expected the Spirit will start to operate from that location by October 2022. This will mark the end of traffic queues for the ferry in Port Melbourne and significant reduction in truck movement through Bay and Graham Streets.

    The new replacements to the existing two Spirit of Tasmania ferries are being constructed in Finland and are currently expected to start service between Corio Quay and Devonport in late 2023. The new ferries will each have a capacity of 1800 passengers vs existing Spirit capacity of 1400.

    Additional details can be found here.

    Monday, 4 April 2022

    Our Latest Newsletter is Out

    Volunteers are currently dropping copies of our newsletter in mailboxes throughout Beacon Cove. It is a special issue focussed on hoon driving.

    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.

    Wednesday, 30 March 2022

    VCAT Hearing for 1-7 Waterfront Place

    During 23-25 March, VCAT heard the appeal by the developer of 1-7 Waterfront Place against the City of Port Phillip’s conditions to the planning permit granted last June.

    The conditions passed by Council last June are about minimising overshadowing beyond the southern kerb line along Waterfront Place at the June solstice, by permitting shadow in the morning but not the afternoon. The minimisation of new shadow on the foreshore is a requirement of the Port Phillip Planning Scheme.

    Residents and the BCNA are eager to see this issue resolved and new facilities constructed at Waterfront Place. However, we also believe the community values the light-filled area along Waterfront Place, the section of Beach St foreshore near the Princes St roundabout, and opposite the London Hotel - the Waterfront Place bike and pedestrian paths are currently free of overshadowing all year round.


    Accordingly, BCNA’s submission supported the Council position and explained that the foreshore is highly valued by the community. We noted that an objective of planning policy has been “to protect and enhance the environment of the Port Melbourne foreshore as an important natural, recreational and tourism asset for metropolitan Melbourne”. The submission included discussion about VCAT decisions for nearby sites, such as the London Hotel site at 92 Beach Street.

    The BCNA thanks David Brand, architect and former City of Port Phillip Concillor; Jennie Jones, BCNA member and town planner; Peter Barber, Urban Edge Consultants; and Angus Wallace, Plico Design Studio, for advice provided in the preparation of our submission.

    VCAT’s decision is expected in about 6-8 weeks.