Events for your Diary

  • Sat 6, 9-10am: Beach Patrol, meeting at Sandridge Beach LSC
  • Thu 11, 6pm: BCNA Community Dinner
  • Sat 20, 9:30-10:30am: Love our Streets, meeting at Garden City shops

  • August
  • Sat 3, 9-10am: Beach Patrol, meeting at Princes Pier
  • Sat 17, 9:30-10:30am: Love our Streets, meeting at 109 North Port tram stop
  • Latest News

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    Monday 17 July 2023

    103 Beach Street (old Foodstore site) Update

    The owners of this site have provided an update to the BCNA. Pile driving to 40 metres has now been completed. The team is currently excavating for one level of basement parking. In a couple of weeks the excavation will finish. Next, trucks will arrive to pour concrete for the basement floor and foundations. Then the walls and higher floors up will be built.

    The owners predict that they will get to lockup stage around October. After this the internal fit out occurs, with expected completion in June 2024.

    The number of apartments has been reduced - from 22 to 19. Car parking remains at 42. Provision has been made for a small supermarket on the ground floor.

    Current Beacon Cove Weather Now on Website

    Some of you who have visited the BCNA website recently may have noticed this already, but we now have a display of local temperature and humidity on the top of the second column of the main web page. Directly underneath is a link to a page which has full weather data (including over a year of history) including wind, rainfall, air pressure, solar, and UV.

    The weather station is on Pier Street near the water in Beacon Cove so reflects wind speeds and temperatures near the foreshore rather than further inland.

    We hope you find this of interest.

    Neighbourhood Batteries in Port Melbourne

    Since our previous item on this subject we have learned that the City of Port Phillip (CoPP), along with the Cities of Yarra and Melbourne have identified several areas for further assessment.

    The areas have been chosen because of their potential to generate high levels of solar energy and use the energy the battery would store. One of the areas chosen is a large area bounded by Beacon Cove and a section of Williamstown Road. The proposed area and other information about batteries can be accessed here.

    The CoPP is seeking feedback from residents by 6th August by way of online survey (you've got to scroll to the bottom and click "Next" to start the survey. The CoPP will also be convening local events to hear feedback. We encourage residents to complete the survey and/or attend a local event.

    Tuesday 4 July 2023

    Record Membership

    Thank you to members who have renewed their memberships, and to new members who have joined the BCNA in 2022/23. Membership continues to grow and reached 469 at 30 June, a new record for the BCNA. When including the wider community that receive periodic notices from us, our constituent base exceeds 1,000.

    The BCNA continues to be active on your behalf in protecting and enhancing the amenity of the area. Feedback received from local and state authorities is that our input is well regarded, being described as organised, sensible, practical, and engaged. Both our last newsletter and posts to our website explain the issues we are involved with on your behalf.

    Community Batteries

    In partnership with the Victorian Government, the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) is considering introducing neighbourhood batteries to our local area. The ‘Fast Tracking Neighbourhood Batteries’ project runs until mid-2024.

    Neighbourhood batteries look like the examples below from Tarneit and North Fitzroy. They are local units designed to store excess solar power from household rooftops for use in the evening.

    The CoPP has been exploring locations for neighbourhood batteries and has identified a small number of candidate locations with selection dependent on available land and the status of the local energy grid. At the time of writing, Beacon Cove has not been selected. However, feedback from residents to the BCNA is positive and we will continue to monitor this with CoPP.

    The CoPP's Have Your Say page has a good explanation of a neighbourhood battery including Frequently Asked Questions.

    Following this initial project, the CoPP intends to develop business cases for implementing Neighbourhood Batteries with further Government support.

    Public Toilets in Waterfront Place and the Municipality

    The new toilet facilities in Waterfont Place we mentioned in February have been completed. The toilets are located to the left of the road and pedestrian path leading to Station Pier.

    Further to this, the City of Port Phillip is consulting on plans to upgrade and improve public toilet facilities across the municipality. They are now seeking community feedback through a Have Your Say survey until July 12th. Comments will then be assessed, and a plan presented to Council in September.