Events for your Diary

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

  • September
  • Sat 3, 9-10am: Beach Patrol, meeting at "ferry" beach - near the Princes Street/Beach Road roundabout
  • Sat 17, Love our Streets has been CANCELLED (as they will be hosting Mini Spring Clean the City at Federation Square)

  • October
  • Sat 1, 9-10am: Beach Patrol, meeting at Lagoon Pier
  • Sat 15, 9:30-10:30am: Love our Streets, meeting at North Port 109 tram stop
  • Latest News

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    Thursday, 4 August 2022

    The Future of Station Pier

    Transport Victoria has released a strategy to improve the efficiency of Victoria’s ports (summary version here). The purpose of the strategy is to protect and enhance the commercial ports’ land and seaside connections; reserve and plan for the land and seaside connections for a second container port; and ensure long term policy settings are in place. 

    Of particular interest to Beacon Cove residents is the discussion on Station Pier. The summary states

    "..the Government will lead further work to determine the most suitable option for continuing cruise shipping at Station Pier. This must balance local precinct and visitor experience outcomes with the complexity and cost of maintaining the aged heritage pier. The work will be complemented by a statewide cruise shipping strategy developed with stakeholders to maximise the economic and social benefits of cruise shipping services across regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne." (Page 9, summary)

    The BCNA welcomes the announcement regarding Station Pier. We have long advocated for Victorian Government leadership of a project which would overcome the shortcomings of the area which we have explained in discussions with candidates standing for Council, Victorian Government and Federal elections.

    Extra Bus Services in Fishermans Bend

    On 25 July the state government announced an increase in frequencies on the 235 and 237 bus services to Fishermans Bend. No changes to the services covering Beacon Cove (the 234 and 236) or new services have been announced.

    Beacon Cove residents are likely to be well aware of the considerable building activity in Fishermans Bend with at least seven residential towers having been completed and occupied in recent times. These developments have brought thousands of new residents and their cars to the area. Little action has occurred to streamline traffic or increase capacity, and the two access points to the Westgate freeway have become increasingly congested with lengthy delays often occurring during rush hour and extending through the business day.

    Whilst the BCNA welcomes the government announcement, it does mean more buses on existing roads rather than services that reduce pressure on existing roads. The BCNA is urging greater government proactivity to establish services such as tram and train before significant further residential growth occurs.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2022

    Hooning - Community Feedback Session - Wednesday 3 August

    A number of Beacon Cove roads are subject to hoon driving behaviour, particularly in summer. This has generated numerous complaints to police and petitions to Council. The BCNA has been active in making representations for support from the state government and we are pleased to have received support from our local member (Martin Foley) and federal member (Josh Burns).

    Road Safety Victoria is now sponsoring a community feedback session at 6pm on Wednesday 3 August - in person in the city or online - with the objective of recommending actions to the Minister for Road Safety. Details of the reference group and the feedback session can be downloaded here.

    Thursday, 14 July 2022

    Status of Applications for 1-7 Waterfront Place and 103 Beach Street

    Members will be aware of BCNA input into the planning process for both 1-7 Waterfront Place and 103 Beach Street (the former food store).

    The developer for Waterfront Place (Action Australia Group) appealed to VCAT against the City of Port Phillip's (CoPP) conditions assigned with the granting of a permit for their most recent design. That matter was heard by VCAT in late March and recent communication from VCAT had indicated their decision would be forthcoming in late June. The BCNA has written to VCAT to request status of their deliberations.

    With regard to 103 Beach Street, the developer (Luxcon) has a permit to build a 4 storey apartment building but has applied to the CoPP to vary the design to become 5 storeys with associated changes to configuration and parking. The matter will now be considered by the CoPP Planning Committee in late July.

    The BCNA supports redevelopment in principle for both these properties but has concerns that both designs “push the envelope” in terms of overshadowing and community benefit. We continue to monitor these developments on behalf of members.

    Friday, 8 July 2022

    Council Refuses Planning Application for 40 The Crescent

    The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) has refused a planning application for this address. The proposal was for: a permit for partial demolition, buildings and works comprising alterations and a third storey addition with terrace to an existing dwelling.

    The reasons for refusal included the following: The proposed third storey would not respect the existing or preferred character of the neighbourhood. The form and position of the third storey would be inconsistent with the single and double storey character of the neighbourhood and would detract from the existing unique character of tower forms in this neighbourhood. Full details of council’s decision are shown here.

    While we understand the owners may be disappointed to receive a refusal, we are pleased that the CoPP is enforcing the Beacon Cove guidelines maintaining the character and integrity of the estate.

    To avoid planning permission problems, the BCNA encourages Beacon Cove residents who are planning external alterations to their homes to consult the relevant Beacon Cove Neighbourhood Guidelines, provide them to their architect, and to discuss the scope of their plans with CoPP planning officers before getting any detailed work done.

    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.