Beaumaris Cliffs and Sea Ledges
Following a negative result from Canberra for National Heritage Listing for Beaumaris Cliffs it was suggested that an application be made to Victorian Heritage for listing. An on-site meeting with Sue Pennicuik, (Greens) took place wiht a favourable response. A comprehensive report from an RMIT engineering graduate is a valuable resource listing the damage which will be caused to the site if the extension of the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron proceeds with the 120 boat marine, hard stands against the cliffs and a granite wall affecting currents and sand movement.
The Bay Trail was approved by Council 5:4 in favour of back-of-kerb bike track from Charman Road to Mentone Lifesaving Club with MLSC being given permission to continue parking on 130 metres of the gravel verge which should be part of the bike path. This means that the 4 metre wide bike track will have to deviate onto the narrow cliff top resulting in the removal of 130 metres of vegetation. Appeals to DEPI for information or intervention have met with silence. In fact DEPI have given informal approval for the deviation into the foreshore vegetation. it is understood that in a struggle between DPCD and DEPI over which department will have the final say in planning / environmental matters DPCD won. This department will make decisions, DEPI can only make recommendations.