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.
Port Phillip Conservation Council
has made submissions objecting to the section of the Kingston Bay Trail which has Council approval to deviate onto the foreshore to provide parking for lifesaving club patrons. PPCC has also objects to the BMYS development. THe PPCC secretary has been invited by a number of school and Unis to present her excellent power point presentation highlighting the important features of Port Phillip and Westernport Bay and the damage to both bays if the Hastings and Bay West port expansion go ahead. Environmental harmful dredging wil be required in both cases.
Some shipping experts are now acknowledging that because Melbourne is at the end of the shipping lanes massive container vessels may bypass Melbourne even if either of these ports were constructed.
Melbourne’s winter has driven some of our members OS – and more are planning to join the exodus during August. Others are temporarily interstate. Some were incapacitated during July so the meeting was abandoned. Never-the-less a careful watch was kept on council activities. One of the councils dubious activities as been the disbanding of the 10 Village Committee system of monthly meetings – operating successfully for 20 years. Originally established by the Commissioners at the time for Council amalgamations the committees were a means of keeping Councillors informed about local issues and for the members of the committees being informed about forthcoming projects by the presiding officer present. Some Councillors saw the Village committees as a threat to their authority, and despite “consultation”, are determined to introduce a system where members are encouraged to join existing groups. This will limit consultation and information to one area only rather than the broad scope of the present system.