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Thursday, 24 September 2020

Council Elections

This year there are eight candidates for the three vacancies in the City of Port Phillip Gateway Ward that includes Beacon Cove.

Details of the candidates are available on the VEC website

The BCNA will follow the same approach as we have done for recent State and Federal elections. That is, the President and Secretary will attempt to meet each candidate (teleconference or Zoom) so that they can understand our interests. Simultaneously, we will send them two questions. One is on the Waterfront Place precinct, the other on Fishermans Bend. We will publish their responses on our web site and those subscribed to email updates will receive these responses by email.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Fishermans Bend Webinar –Question & Answer Event

The University of the Third Age, Port Phillip, is planning a follow up event to the one in August. This time, a question and answer event will be held on Wednesday 30th September from 2.30 to 3.30 pm. The Webinar will focus on:

  • Transport
  • Community amenities and facilities
  • Investment 
  • Planning and Governance
  • Changing nature of work 
  • Workplaces, and work patterns

There will be an opportunity to hear about new developments and to get more answers from the expert panel: 

  • Janet Bolitho, Member of the Fishermans Bend Development Board
  • Bernadene Voss, Mayor, City of Port Phillip 
  • David Weston AM, Fishermans Bend Development Forum

This Webinar is open to the public. If you are interested, book here.

Friday, 11 September 2020

Council News Affecting Beacon Cove

The BCNA regularly meets City of Port Phillip Gateway Ward Councillors to discuss issues of mutual interest. At our recent meeting on 8 September with the Mayor, Bernadene Voss, and Councillor Marcus Pearl we discussed:

  • 1-7 Waterfront Place: The council’s planning officers are checking details of the developer’s planning application before the plans are formally advertised. This is expected to be completed by late September/early October. The developer has agreed for builders on the London Hotel site to erect temporary huts on the site.
  • VPA work with Council on precinct planning: The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has suspended work with the council on Waterfront Place precinct planning during the COVID-19 pandemic.    
  • Fishermans Bend:  Since our last post the Mayor has been in the news advocating for early provision of public transport. Funding and finance models are not settled.  The council has limited its capital contribution to projects to 5% of rates collected in Fishermans Bend.
  • Impact of Council’s 2020/21 budget in Gateway Ward: Rate rise of 2%. Most capital works have been delayed. The council has committed $5.6 million for an Economic & Social Recovery Program for post COVID-19 pandemic initiatives to support business and the community. This will include relief from rates, rents and council fees and charges and scope to respond to affordable housing and homelessness needs. Reduction in ASSIST counter services at the Port Melbourne Town Hall to three days per week - this decision will be reviewed before 1 July 2021 to assess impact on the community.

City of Port Phillip Elections

This year’s council election will be by postal vote. The key dates are:

  • Nominations open on 17 September
  • Nominations close at noon on 22 September
  • Candidate statements, photo and questionnaire are due 23 September 
  • Ballot papers mailed out with candidate statements 6-8 October
  • Voting closes 23 October
  • Final day for postal votes to be received is 30 October.
  • Results to be declared by 13 November.  

The BCNA plans to contact the candidates and seek their views on local issues. We will publicise their responses.

Full details about the election and timetable are shown on the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

BCNA Annual General Meeting

This year’s Annual General Meeting for the BCNA will be held on Thursday 5th November 2020 at 7pm by videoconference.

The formal part of the meeting will involve the presentation of reports and the annual financial statement, and the election of office bearers. The Guest Speaker will be Bernadene Voss, current Mayor, who is not contesting the election in October.

Financial members of the BCNA will be sent the Agenda and papers in early October along with details about how to participate in the meeting.

Friday, 28 August 2020

Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place

Since our update on 12 March, the BCNA has been encouraging all parties to meet and find a resolution to the use of the 1-7 Waterfront Place site.

Since December 2019, the BCNA has advocated for Victorian Government purchase of the site as explained here. However, there appears to be no interest by the Victorian Government in doing this. Given this, the BCNA recently decided to change its position to: The BCNA will continue to engage with the developer of 1-7 Waterfront Place, and with relevant stakeholders, with the aim of achieving the best possible outcome for the local community.

In early August, the developer submitted plans to the City of Port Phillip. These are expected to be formally advertised soon. We will alert members when this occurs.

The developer plans to hold a webinar for the community. This will be an opportunity to hear about the proposal and to ask questions. The BCNA will publicise contact details when these are available.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Fishermans Bend Webinar

The University of the Third Age, Port Phillip, hosted a Webinar on the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA) on Saturday 15th August 2020. The speakers were Janet Bolitho (Fishermans Bend Development Board member and former Mayor of the City of Port Phillip), Bernadene Voss (Mayor, City of Port Phillip) and David Weston (Fishermans Bend Business Forum). The forum was ably chaired by Max Nankervis, a town planner and academic. The forum provided an excellent overview of the project and discussed some of the key issues. A video and recording of the forum can be accessed here.

The 30-year project has been described as the largest urban renewal project in Australia. It is expected to be home to 80,000 people and provide 80,000 jobs. The BCNA has been active in trying to shape the project.

One of the issues discussed at the forum was the provision of public transport into the area. Our earlier post in February showed the planned routes for tram and rail services. The BCNA has advocated for the early provision of public transport. This is necessary to encourage investment and new residents. It will also ease congestion on Williamstown Road and nearby roads.

Restoration of the Kiosk on Station Pier

VicPorts commenced works to restore the heritage-listed East Finger Pier Kiosk in June 2019. The first task was the removal of non-heritage extensions to leave just the original structure. The plan is to restore the kiosk to its original configuration. Some limited works are planned in 2020-21.

Thursday, 16 July 2020

The Age Looks at Station Pier

An article in The Age’s Spectrum section on 11 July highlighted the poor state of the Waterfront Place and Station Pier environs. Headlined "Welcome to Waste", the column drew a forlorn picture of the area. It prompted two Letters to the Editor from local residents (under "The sorry state...") on July 12 and a further letter (under "A sad, but true, image") from BCNA President Eddie Micallef on July 13.

Members are encouraged to consider writing a letter to the Age. A letter should be in your own words. It could include mention of a planned, strategic redevelopment of the Waterfront Place precinct. Letters should be sent to the Letters Editor at The Age at letters@theage.com.au.

Support for Local Food Businesses

With the introduction of the new lockdown, the BCNA is again encouraging members to support local food businesses by getting meals delivered or picking them up (ie take away). Clicking on the links in our earlier news item will take you to the websites of local businesses.