Well! After all the sturm and drang over over the Pompeii Landing on the bank of the creek is seems that the current occupant will be offered a nine year lease by Council so that work can continue providing a launching ramp for small boat owners. The land is dispute is a small area of Crown Land. The Mordialloc Fishing & Boating Club will also use this site.
Two developments are being planned for Main Street – partial demolition of Mordialloc Hotel and 26 units for the car park went to mediation last month. As did the Grocery Store, a shop with goods too expensive to succeed in Main Street. This shop is to become an up-market cocktail bar. Parking, already a problem in the shopping centre was a concern for objectors.
A meeting was held at Waterways cafe 24 February to learn how migratory birds may be affected when the four lane elevated freeway was built across, not only the Waterways wetlands but also Woodlands and Braeside wetlands. According to the Parsons Brinckerhoff report to VicRoads Lathams Snipe, a migratory bird will be affected. A meeting 6th February heard speakers from RMIT, Dr Ian Woodcock and Crystal Legacy, Traffic Planners describe how freeways are consuming the suburbs, rather than building more public transport. The VicRoads team also spoke at this RAMPF meeting at Dingley as did two speakers from Environment Victoria.
The Bay Trail was finally passed at a February Council Meeting despite the usual disruption from the ill-informed rabble. The Major gave repeated warnings and finally some of the more sensible people seemed to have realised that it was not a good look to cause so much disruption. It is hoped now that the Council can begin work on the trail before too long so that it can be finally completed.
Beaumaris Fossil Sites and Sea Ledges
Another piece of good news for a change was the fact that Bayside Council in February unanimously supported the request that the Beaumaris Cliffs be re-placed on the National Heritage List. It seems that many sites were regrettably removed from the list during Julia Gillard’s term as PM for some reason.
A from of protection has been placed over the vegetation on the reserve until a decision is made about the future of this valuable property. An article in The Age by Ross Gittins and Dr Moore’s lectures stress the importance of trees and green space especially as development keeps devouring our suburbs. The health benefit, as well as cost benefit, of having trees around a house or playground should be widely publicised. At theFebruary meeeting of the Public Spaces and Envrioment Committee meeting the Role of trees in the urban environment was discussed by Tony Collins and Dr Moore and figures were produced for five metropolitan councils and how many trees each has. Interestingly Dandenong and Kingston with the greatest population had less trees. Greater Dandenong with a population of 132,000 and 15,552 trees. Kingston with a population of 135,251 and 28,003 trees. Bayside with a population of 90,205 and 43,678 trees. Frankston does quite well with a population of 112,062 and 43,544 trees. According to Dr Moore each Council should have a least 30% tree cover. He quotes interesting figures which show that the newly settled Western suburbs which don’t have trees or space for trees on house blocks have a high number of deaths from heat during days of high temperatures.
Travis has volunteered to try to place some of MBCL’s historical documents on the web site. This could be of interest to students possibly.
Coast and Creek Booklet
Copies were offered and enthusiastically received by a Beaumaris primary school who is going to incorporate them as part of a course. The Treasurer has manged to acquire a donation as part of that deal!
Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League Inc.
On the 24th January, Council approved completion of the Bay Trail as planned. VicRoads and Bicycle Network Victoria supported the plan, as did Kingston’s five intelligent councillors who have had so much to put up with from noisy minority.
Neighbourhood Character Study for Ormond Street?
Residents are attempting to save some of this small street of original dwellings. In this area, Collacott and Abrkly Street some of the houses had stables for rac horses in the back yard. The last of these in Collacott street was still being used as such in the 1990s when it was considered environmentally harmful to have waste from the stables flowing into drains and ultimately into the creek and Bay.
Three MBCL members met with the Local Member to discuss the potential threat to the Banksia Woodland as a result of the SES being offered use of the site for a replacement depot. The current Scope building is situated on Crown land. Both VicRail and VicRoad own strips of land on either side of this building. It is thought that the building could be reconfigured to accommodate both the Scope building and the SES. There may be a scar three on Groves Reserve.
VCAT was not happy with the extent of vegetation which would be removed if the development of 14 units went ahead on this lovely little piece of bushland at Edithvale – a suburb short of open space. Land is in limbo at present Local residents would like Council to buy the land for open space as has been done where two house blocks were bought for that purpose.
Five members of VicRoads attended the October meeting plus two members of the Braeside Park Committee.This commenced at 3pm and was a robust discussion. The 9km stretch of four lane freeway (with provision for two extra lanes later) runs adjacent to the Braeside Park boundary and encroaches on the South West corner of the park before crossing Governor Road and entering the wetlands to an elevated road. There is significant vegetation in this section. Passing in close proximity to the Waterways Residential estate as an elevated roadway will create noise issues requiring sound barriers adding to the visual impact. The elevated road will cross the Mordialloc Creek and passover Aspendale Gardens homes before joining Springvale Road.
The meeting concluded at 4pm. Since then there has been an invitation to walk a section of the route with the VicRoads people at a date still to be decided.
Coast and Creek Booklet
The Coast and Creek booklet has been printed and copies have been placed at the front desk of the Council Chambers with Kingston Council’s approval. It is planned to place some in the Parkdale Library and in some schools if they are interested. There is some concern about the Mornington Peninsula Freeway crossing Mordialloc Creek because of disturbance of acid sulphate soil that will occur during construction work with pollution entering the creek.
Coast and Creek Booklet
The booklet has been printed and is available for perusal! It is Planned ot place some booklets in the local library and with Council. We are indebted to the graphic artist who took some marvellous photos of plants and bird life along the foreshore and Mordialloc Creek. We are also indebted to Melbourne Water whose earlier grants helped to cover the cost of printing.
Bicycle Network have approved the compromise proposal for the Bay Trail. There will be areas where Beach Road lanes will be narrowed to protect significant vegetation. From Mentone Parade to Peter Scullin Reserve, Mordialloc the lanes will be narrowed where there are bus stops or difficult parking problems on the narrow foreshore such as at Parkdale Yacht Club.