There appears to have been some light at the end of the tunnel with the report from Barry Ross, Secretary, defenders of the Green Wedge after a deputation to see the Planning Minister, Richard Wynne. Sustainability Victoria has now acknowledged that the Kingston/Dingley Waste Hub should be located in an industrial area. However the Minister is still considering the Alex Fraser lease application for a further 15 years for the concrete crushing business to remain on Heatherton Road.
Will certainly cause headaches for builders further down the track. Nice new concrete curbing at the Antibes car park will have to be removed when the Bay Trail reaches that point it seems!
Beaumaris Cliffs and Sea Ledges
The finalised version of the submission requesting Heritage listing of the fossil cliffs and sea ledges was finally dispatched to Heritage Victoria early November only to be told that reference to historic, scientific and/or Aboriginal occupation of an area was not accepted under Heritage Victoria criterion. Apparently Criteria E applies almost entirely to the built environment! However we were invited to reapply on an A4 page, confining the application to the work of the Heidelberg School of painters who worked in the area resulting in the famous painting of the Beaumaris Cliffs, Slumbering Sea by Tom Roberts, now hanging permanently in Victoria’s National Gallery. Dr Tim Flannery and Dr Eric Fitzgerald, Museum of Victoria, are featured in the series Coasts Australia discussing the importance of the fossils found in the sea ledges, which will disappear under tonnes of concrete if the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron is given approval to expand.
Friends of Mordialloc Creek carried out plantings 3rd May on north bank of the creek on the former Living Links site. Grasses, rushes and shrubs were planted thanks to a Melbourne Water grant. On the 28th May Kingston Council, in cooperation with local Aborigines, organised a Heritage walk along the creek banks. Unfortunately there have been two large fires in industrial sites on the north bank of the creek during April and May. The April fire, in the Bolwell factory in Wells Road, involved toxic plastic fumes spreading over south eastern suburbs and water used in extinguishing the fire flowing into the creek across the road from the factory. In May two factories in Canterbury Road, in the industrial area on the north side of the creek, would have also resulted in water from dousing the fire flowing into the creek via Dunlop’s drain.
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.
National Parks Privatisation
Some of the new members of the Coalition Government have not wasted time in making their plans for commercialisation of parks. Logging of the Tarkine in Tasmania, coal seam gas exploration in sensitive areas of Western Victoria and around the Grampians on the boundary of the national park threatens the survival of special places. Cuts to funding of environment groups will make it difficult to prevent destruction of parks, forests and farmland.