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Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 7th June 2017

Level Crossing Removal

The Edithvale Wetlands may be at risk according to two consultants reports. Chosen to review the Government’s preferred option in the level crossing removal programme the report states that trenching required for the rail line may cause groundwater to build up. This will have to be disposed of by Melbourne Water pumping water to the Ramsar listed wetlands, or elsewhere, which in turn could alter water levels causing detriment to vegetation used by birds for nesting or if the water becomes acidic or saline this could also harm bird life.

Mordialloc Bypass

Mordialloc Bypass will not only affect housing in Waterways and Aspendale Gardens but is intruding into and removing a section of Braeside Park. Residents in Dingley are concerned about this development as are Moorabbin residents because of the impact that the proposed freeway will have on the already heavily congested South Road where it enters the Nepean Highway in Moorabbin.

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Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 3rd May 2017

Bay Trail

As a result of the Member for Mordialloc’s complaint that there had been insufficient consultation about the trail, two MBCL members had a meeting with the member who could not be convinced that there had been sufficient consultation. Council organised two more drop in meetings about the Bay Trail in May. Meanwhile inflammatory misinformation about lane narrowing was still being disseminated by certain residents.
Latest plans for the Bay Trail were presented at the Public Places and Environment meeting in May and were impressive. The bicycle lane, back of kerb, will only be 2.5m wide, similar to the Bayside Bay Trail. VicRoads have approved narrowing the road lane where necessary such at bus stops.

Stormwater Management

Kingston Council has prepared Amendment C152 to introduce a policy for developments that deals with stormwater – residential or non-residential. This may be necessary because an article in The AGE 23 May, reports that climate change flood risks has doubled in new modelling which states that “Coastal council are at the forefront of dealing with the impacts especially councils such as Seaford, Carrum, Bonbeach and Aspendale”.

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Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 5th April 2017

Coast and Creek Booklet

Mordialloc Creek features in the Coast and Creek booklet which is developing in an interesting manner. It is hoped that the graphic artist will be able to attend the May meeting of MBCL. Furthermore an attendee at the April meeting is a keen bird watcher so he might be able to add further info in that area.

Level Crossing Removal

There is an official report around which claims that the Edithvale-Seaford Wetland’s groundwater will be badly affected if the trench method of removing rail crossings is adopted for the Frankston line south of Aspendale. This would mean trenches for Edithvale and Bonbeach stations and a bridge over Patterson River for Carrum plus a relocation of the Carrum Station further along the line.

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Featured: Edithvale Wetlands at Risk

The Edithvale Wetlands may be at risk according to two consultants report. Chosen to review the Government’s preferred option in the level crossing removal programme the report states that trenching required for the rail line may cause groundwater to build up. This will have to be disposed of, by Melbourne Water pumping water to the Ramsar listed wetlands, or elsewhere, which in turn could alter water levels causing detriment to vegetation used by birds for nesting or if the water becomes acidic or saline this could also harm bird life.

Report: Groundwater Preliminary Impacts – Ecological Assessment – Rail Under Road – Edithvale & Bonbeach (PDF, 3.8MB)

Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 8th March 2017

Coast and Creek Booklet

The layout of the booklet is finally taking shape with the graphic artist keen to view any photos of the creek or the foreshore providing there are clouds in view!

Yammerbook Nature Reserve

Residents do not want an extension to the car park since they feel that there will be antisocial behaviour after hours if the park is extended. Certain councillors are also uncertain about extending this facility mainly favouring parents dropping off and picking up school children. There is a bus stop nearby on Wells Road.

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Featured: Mordialloc Bypass

What is proposed is that traffic using Wells Road will be encouraged to use the bypass which will impact severely instead on Aspendale Gardens residents to the south east of Mordialloc Creek, Waterways residential estate and destroy the most important wetlands in the southwest corner of Braeside Park. Unfortunately an elevated six lane freeway will be close to Braeside Park, cross over Governor Road, through the wetlands close to Waterways housing, across Mordialloc Creek abutting Aspendale Gardens housing. Drilling is underway in the wetlands for the piles required for an elevated roadway. If it goes ahead the bypass will destroy the peace and quiet of Braeside Park, residential housing and the birdlife in the wetlands. Braeside park and wetlands which in 1978 Metropolitan Melbourne Board of Works was determined to preserve for future generations.

Residents in Dingley are concerned about this development as are Moorabbin residents because of the impact that the proposed freeway will have on the already heavily congested South Road where it enters the Nepean Highway in Moorabbin.  The northern section of the bypass will connect to South Road at Warrigal Road. South Road already carries very heavy traffic to connect with Nepean Highway in Moorabbin. There are viable alternatives for the bypass such as a linking road to Springvale Road further to the north.

The proposed route can be viewed through the Social PinPoint at VicRoads.

Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 1st February 2017

Mordialloc Creek

Interestingly after heavy rain beaches around Port Phillip Bay were polluted particularly Mentone beach and not so much Mordialloc beach – the usual culprit. Mordialloc creek carries drainage from industrial areas in Braeside and the old tipping sites from which leachates can enter the drainage system and flow into the creek. On this occasion perhaps the large Melbourne Water drain outlet at Mentone Parade may have contributed to beach pollution with drainage entering the Bay at this point and flowing northwards to Mentone beach.

Mordialloc Lifesaving Club

Had a quick inspection of the new LSC and found that there is more concrete surrounding the building than expected. Apparently this is to provide entry and parking for the large surf boats that will be stored in the building- one of the main reasons for the size of the building occupying limited foreshore open space. The large rusty looking iron ramp construction will require removal of more foreshore vegetation early in the New Year when it is to be delivered and placed in position. Fortunately the south end of the building has been left unconcreted and hopefully will remain a pleasant grassed area for public use. The nicest aspect of the inspection was seeing a little family of blue wrens hopping around in the dry grassy area!

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Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 7th December 2016

Happy New Year to All

Let’s hope it is a peaceful and environmentally satisfying year as well. Trust everyone has had a chance to rest and relax in preparation for coping with the outrageous rants from the occupant of the white house. What a contrast to the calm, gracious, intelligent former occupant.

Good News

It seems that the EPA has been given teeth at last to cope with pollution hazards. 21 problem sites have been listed in Kingston. There are 298 sites on the Priority Sites Register where clean up notices have been issued due to pollution of groundwater and land – a potential risk to health and the environment. This problem is due to Kingston being historically home to landfill sites 17 of which are now on the Priority list to be cleaned up.

Grange Heathland Reserve

Penny reported that gas extractors from nearby landfill sites are being located in the Grange which is a carefully managed Nature Reserve. Surely a more suitable site could be found for the extractors.

Mordialloc Bypass Project

Due to pressure from Aspendale Gardens Residents Association the extension to the Mornington Peninsula Freeway is back on the agenda despite less expensive alternatives . Impact on Braeside Park and Waterways with an elevated roadway over Mordialloc Creek is concerning. Discussion when Walter and Jenny Warfe met with Government officers recently was congenial. The freeway is not a high priority for the Government.

Mordialloc Creek  

Interestingly after heavy rain beaches around Port Phillip Bay were polluted particularly Mentone beach and not so much Mordialloc beach – the usual culprit. Mordialloc creek carries drainage from industrial areas in Braeside and the old tipping sites from which leachates can enter the drainage system and flow into the creek. On this occasion perhaps the large Melbourne Water drain outlet at Mentone Parade may have contributed to beach pollution with drainage enterting the Bay at this point and flowing northwards to Mentone beach.

Mordialloc Life Saving Club

Had a quick inspection of the new LSC and found that there is more concrete surrounding the building than expected. Apparently this is to provide entry and parking for the large surf boats that will be stored in the building- one of the main reasons for the size of the building occupying limited foreshore open space. The large rusty looking iron ramp construction will require removal of more foreshore vegetation early in the New Year when it is to be delivered and placed in position. Fortunately the south end of the building has been left unconcreted and hopefully will remain a pleasant grassed area for public use. The nicest aspect of the inspection was seeing a little family of blue wrens hopping around in the dry grassy area!

Yammerbook Nature Reserve

A car park of 34 spaces is proposed for this reserve but residents are concerned feeling that additional parking is for the benefit of parents dropping off and picking up children at the nearby school and that after hours, antisocial behaviour is likely to increase in the park. A bus stop on Wells Road is an alternative means of reaching the park or the school.

Esplanade Brighton

The partial demolition and works to the existing blue stone wall, and removal of native/indigenous vegetation has distressed a dedicated group of Bayside residents because of the impact on the dunes and vegetation which has been described as being “ so precious, so conservationally valuable that not a square metre of them should be disturbed.” (Brighton’s other golden mile.in the Age 26 Nov. 2016)

Unfortunately Bayside Council has decided to grant a permit with four pages of conditions . The plans must show that removal of indigenous vegetation is to be replaced with a similar extent of indigenous coastal vegetation , etc , along these lines. The proposal to replace the lifesaving club with a larger building wasn’t discussed in this document.

George Woods Reserve Playground

The playground is underway with the Moreton Bay Fig Tree still in place. It apparently will not be removed although we have been assured that all new planting in the area will be locally indigenous. Nina claims that extra lighting is not needed around the playground because of the high towers lighting the rail siding nearby. Toilets will not be provided for the playground because of cost and difficulty of sewage work. Toilets at the Chute Street boat ramp will have to be used –which is why we claimed that a site closer to these facilities would have been the best location for the playground and would have left the Arboretum intact.

Level Crossing Removals

A meeting of the Public Places and Environment Committee was held 14 December 2016 at Council to discuss this proposal. Two academics from RMIT,supporters of

Sky Rail, were present and spoke as did a member of the Frankston anti- sky rail group. Both had convincing arguments for their positions. Some feel that an elevated rail line in surroundings that are predominantly low rise housing will blight the suburbs south of Mordialloc Creek, but the high water table in this area will create drainage problems –apart from the Bonbeach to Carrum section of the line which will have to be elevated to cross Patterson River. The three completed trenched stations, Bentleigh,Mackinnon and Ormond are extremely ugly and will become more so because the State Government has decreed that Ormond station will have a 10-16 storey building on top of the station – and other stations may have four storey buildings above the station.

Bay Trail

Cr West has presented a motion to council requesting that the proposed indented parking areas along this section of the back- of –kerb bike track be removed from the plans.

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Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 2nd November 2016

Coast and Creek Booklet

Bron kindly volunteered to check text and layout of booklet before forwarding it to the graphic artist for assembly.

Brighton Lifesaving Club

Both Nina and Mary have sent objections regarding a large extension to the Lifesaving Club on the foreshore at Dendy Street, Brighton. While a café is included in the development it is claimed that it will not have a commercial kitchen which would have suggested a public commercial facility. It is debatable whether a café on site is required for lifesavers. However the size and design of the building does not appear to conform to requirements as set out in the Victorian Coastal Strategy for structures on the foreshore. Eg “Discourage the use of coastal Crown Land as a cheap alternative to private land for commercial gain through the inclusion of an 158 seat licensed multi-purpose space and 60 seat restaurant with room for 100 people.”

Masonic Hall

Nina reports that there have been five Expressions of Interests received but proposals do not match criteria mainly financial. Officer response to proposals in a few weeks time.

Successful bidder will be responsible for 15 year lease and all refurbishments.

Mordialloc Creek

A working bee to weed the site near the Old Wells Road (MC4) was undertaken 5th November by Council Staff and volunteers. The idea of a Committee of Management for boat mooring and boat maintenance was discussed at the meeting . It was thought that it would be necessary to find a group of small boat owners, possibly a community group and a council representative to advise. The purpose would be to retain the fishing village/boat maintenance atmosphere around Mordialloc Creek. The danger is that a developer will gain control of the site and residential buildings will be erected. A restaurant “on the water’s edge” has even been proposed despite this being flood prone land.

George Woods Reserve Playground

Concern was felt when it the playground site was fenced off and a tree was being cut down. Reassurance was given that there was only one tree being removed because it was damaged, that many indigenous trees and vegetation would be planted on the site. It is disappointing that a decision by a councillor long gone had decreed that the playground should occupy the arboretum site, the nicest part of the reserve.

Mordialloc Bypass Project

This old chestnut keeps cropping up prior to elections and at present is being subjected to a business study by Vic Roads. Should the bypass be approved using the road reserve Aspendale Gardens, Waterways and a slice of Braeside Park would be destroyed. There are other options less costly and environmentally harmful such as a overpasss where the Dingley Bypass currently crosses Springvale Road and becomes Westall Road.

Green Wedge

Annual General Meeting was held at RMIT 30th November and was well represented by delegates from the nine Green Wedges surrounding Melbourne. Unfortunately nearly all GW’s are threatened with residential development and religious denominations seeking approval to build huge churches, mosques, temples and pagodas in the green wedge. Often there is an application for sports grounds and possibly schools which are approved in a green wedge. Discussion about a policy change to control this incursion into green wedges. Application for a memorial park in the South East Green Wedge has not yet been decided.

The Tavern

177 objectors are concerned about the lack of parking for this three storey restaurant and gambling facility when there are already 18 café/restaurants with a liquor licence in the Main Street, plus 7 bottle shops. Traders are already concerned about the noise, drinking and brawls that occur in the street between the Macdonald Street, roundabout and the southern roundabout at the Creek. There have been mediation meetings but the applicant is not interested and will go to VCAT in March to seek approval.

Mentone Hotel  

The developer wants to convert the hotel and car park into 45 four storey units on Beach Road. While claiming to protect the Heritage listed façade and staircase, the upper level will be converted into 12 apartments. A four storey development, if approved, will set a precedent and overturn the existing two storey height limit which has applied around Port Phillip Bay and is supported for most Bayside Councils. The Federal Isaacs

Labor MP, Mark Dreyfus says any plan to allow a four storey development is “ understandably troubling many residents”

Appeal Again St.Kilda Football Club 83 Poker Machines

Objectors are concerned children will be regularly visiting the premises when they are revamped and Kingston will host junior football training sessions. There is also the possibility that St Kilda will have to reapply for the poker machine licence since the existing building will be demolished and replaced with an entirely new building.

Grange Heathland Reserve Wedding Bush Festival

The Grange Wedding Bush Festival was held in November and although not quite as many people those who did attend were interested in the plants and work of volunteers.

New Member

Welcome to a new member, Lisa Hilliard, who is a very active volunteer in animal welfare. There is certainly much to be done to protect both indigenous species and those animals that provide our food. Sad also as people in this street found recently that a pet cat had been abandoned when tenants moved out and left it behind.

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Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 5th October 2016

Aboriginal Artefacts at First Avenue Edithvale

Cr West moved a motion in Council as to why the discovery of 16 Aboriginal stone artefacts discovered on this significant heritage site were not presented to councillors in the officer report and whether the Council could preserve the artefacts for display.

Masonic Hall

Masonic Hall has had two groups expressing an interest in this building – one an art House Cinema and the other a theatre group.Unfortunately any group interested in the hall will have to fund the complete renovation of the building. Meanwhile the Council is spending generously on sporting fields and the Moorabbin Reserve for the St Kilda Football Club.

Mordialloc Creek and Environs

Boats moored in the creek at Pompei’s Landing have had a disastrous time, first of all with vandalism that set fire to two boats and then, during the recent gales, a tree branch from the Monterey Cypresses crashing onto two more boats. It was suggested, 5th October, that MBCL become a Committee of Management for this section of the creek. Council will be trying to develop the site as soon as the difficult problem of ownership of sections of land is settled. Of concern is the fact that the Mordialloc Structure Plan has a photo of a two story café/restaurant on the water’s edge of the creek. A little unwise surely given that the area is flood prone.

 

MBCL supports the proposal in the Structure Plan that small boat owners be provided with a building suitable for maintenance of boats during repairs. This building could be sited alongside the Vic Track fence line. Research into COMs reveals that it would require significant funding to prepare a business plan for a three year stint with Government approval.

Coast and Creek Booklet

Finally !! This project is underway. The text is still being edited and a graphic artist is prepared to have a look at the project. This will be an update of what has happened to the coast and creek environment since the second edition was prepared some years ago.

Green Wedge

No word of the proposed cemetery for the South East Green Wedge held over perhaps until 2018 when a new council is elected. The Mornington Peninsula Freeway is once again an election tool for the State Opposition. There has been an application by a company wanting to spread clean fill over green wedge farm land. More information required about the impact of this idea.

Friends of Bradshaw Bushland Reserve

The members of this group had a pleasant trip to the Langwarren indigenous nursery Saturday Day October the 8th.

Inland Rail Line

Walter reported on the visit to his home by a member of staff from Guthrie,Haskin and Davie’s office to discuss this plan for a rail line from Melbourne to Brisbane inland to take freight off the highways. This person seemed sympathetic to the scheme.

Jenny, Len and Walter had previously attended a Government infrastructure workshop to hear what politicians think of this and other schemes.

Council Elections

Bronwen once again prepared a list of questions for aspiring council candidates as she did last year and as many councils are doing this year in some Melbourne’s

72 council’s. Six potential councillors attended and presented their reasons for wanting to stand.

The South Ward is being hotly contested. The Centre Ward has candidates who are opposing the four storey unit development of Mentone’s Edgewater Hotel. Government approval of four storey’s for this foreshore development will set a precedent for four storey’s for Bayside suburbs. when Bayside councils want to retain the two storey height limit.

The Tavern

590 Main Street, Mordialloc is likely to become a three storey Tavern for sport betting and family restaurant – another liquor outlet to add to the 17 café/restaurants with liquor licenses already in Main Street plus 7 bottle shops. Two more cafés are applying for liquor licenses. A related issue to the above is that this development will mean loss of a discount shop which in Mordialloc, is one of the few shops that is not a food outlet. Cr West presented a notice of motion to Council seeking to preserve diversity in our shopping centres.

Yammerbook Car Park

Concern in Aspendale Gardens over the proposal to increase car parking at this reserve. It seems that the car park will mainly benefit parents who are dropping off and picking up students from a primary school. After school hours it may become cause of public nuisance with noisy undesirables parking.

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