Adrian Hyland Report (Team leader of Bushland & Foreshore)
Care of Bushland coming under National Standards.
Tendering out to bushland management.
Changes to staffing structure will see benefits with foreshore management.
Interesting discussion on ecosystems/ restoration of to improve connectivity.
The State Government have announced they are going ahead with the Heatherton Train stabling yard. The Move the Train Yard group are continuing their battle
Pompei Development Site
The use of the Pompei sign as a condition of permit is still unresolved. VCAT on August 16th. If still unresolved, the matter will go to a Compulsory Hearing
Grange Newsletter. Brad Lewis Report (Adrian Hyland). Port Phillip Conservation Council.
Green Wedge Coalition met with Greens. Waiting for Planning for Melbourne’s Green Wedge and Agricultural land to be released. It is 12 months overdue.
Pompei Development site
Hearing on July 19th. To determine what the developers will need to do to retain some heritage of the site.
Peter Scullin & Hazel Pierce Reserves
The Rainbow Sculpture has had mixed responses from the community.
Brad Lewis Report
- Dent Paddock. Barbara Dent took them on a tour and suggested the area be given an Aboriginal name with information to include information on the family. Works have begun clearing the area for fencing, then demolition of buildings and then the paths.
Kingston are asking for opinions on Dog Policy. Hopefully a no dog policy will flow onto similar reserves.
- Epsom boardwalk demolition has be delayed due to weather. No plan to replace.
- Elder Street Reserve (Clayton South) trial of seeding native grasses over a hectare.
- Applying for a DELWP for a Peri Urban grant to employ the Bunurong Land Team.
- Habitat Hectare survey to commence soon This will help plan the next Biodiversity Strategy.
- Mentone Life Saving Club – foundations are being done for new boardwalk.
- Parkdale Yacht Club – carpark and ramp will start next year. There will be 3 formalised car spots but no net gain so within code.
- Disabled Discrimination Act. Six carparks north of Mordialloc will be worked on to provide better accessibility for all. Vegetation will be lost.
- Coastal Marine Management Plan has not yet been passed by DELWP.
- Heights Park (Chelsea Heights) – pre planning is on the cards for an upgrade **** Look out for a walking excursion
- The Grange. Interpretive audio signs(4) coming soon.
Penny suggested the Friends Groups get together.
Vegetation behind the new toilet block at end of pier?
A. Will be a formal garden bed with native vegetation.
Hazel Pierce Rainbow sculpture?
A. Being installed tomorrow. DELWP said no to Baytrail at Parkdale an yes to Hazel Pierce Reserve. No consultation!
Brad Lewis Report
Unable to attend due to illness.
The proposed sale of the Bonbeach Indigenous Nursery by Council to make way for a new YCA pavilion. It would be merged with the Carrum Nursery.
Meetings & Hearings…..
The Suburban Rail Loop Panel Hearing. Rosemary West reported that those who presented against the proposed stabling yard did an excellent job particularly the residents.
Guest Speaker – Tristan Smith (Senior Landscape Architect Kingston Council).
Tristan spoke to us about ACTIVE Kingston.
Peter Scullin plans have been passed by Council as is. There was generally positive feedback. In fact there were requests for more built structures. Supplied us with plans.
Future plans – there will be a Master Plan for Peter Scullin & Hazel Pierce Park between the bridge and pier. Plan will be released and we will be able to comment.
Other topics discussed were the positioning of the Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Peter Scullin carpark, palm trees and the use of plants of local provenance plans in future projects, the placement of 1,000 picnic tables around Kingston and the need for BMX trails and appropriate skate parks.
Mentone Life Saving Club
We have copies of images of the cliffs before they were removed (thanks to Stephen and Google). Continue reading
Summer Edition of Kingston Residents Association, Brad Lewis report received.
Kingston Conservation and Environment Coalition
Consumer Affairs have been contacted and KCEC is dormant at the moment and as Stephen is retiring as the Treasurer it was suggested that KCEC funds be transferred to MBCL and the money used for donations to other groups. This is allowable if donating to a similar group and under $10,000 There was no decision made.
Peter Scullin Reserve
Plans have been altered but unavailable. Will ask Tristan Smith Senior Landscape Architect to bring them to the April Meeting.
Mentone Lifesaving Club
Letter to Age/local paper regarding removal of cliff and extension of footprint.
Guest Speaker – Brad Lewis
Brad explained his role as Team Leader of the two branches of Foreshore and Bushland.
Main points –
- Coastal & Marine Management Plan was endorsed by Council in December. Council has an advocacy role regarding water area (eg water catchment, boating, jet skis).
- Peter Scullin Reserve. Check out January 31st Council Meeting Minutes. It features in the Enbloc resolutions.
- Proposed wetlands that were to be created are under review.
- Eel Race Rd – Habitat hectare survey held every 10 years is underway soon. Remnant vegetation has been found.
- Dent’s Paddock – Work will commence, once permit has been granted.
- Aspendale Life Saving Club has been demolished and will be rebuilt before next Summer.
- Mentone Life Saving Club. Plan to plant 3 plants to every 1 lost.
- Friends Groups are restarting.
We thanked Brad for his attendance and invited him back on a quarterly basis. He has offered to send us a monthly report.
Peter Scullin Reserve
Plans have been passed. Susannah Kenny Council Officer informed Judy that a Electronic Vehicle charging station is planned for Peter Scullin Reserve Carpark. Concerned about solar panel recycling and Raid Antigen Test packaging waste.
Mentone Life Saving Club Precinct Development
DELWP have allowed the removal of a large section of the cliff to allow vehicle access to beach.
We met with coordinator of the project Brad Lewis (Team leader Bushland and Foreshore), he will be attending our February meeting.
Round the table
- Mordialloc Creek – Litter survey. Due to no fencing policy (Living Links) vegetation has been trampled where the initially installed fencing was. Complaints were made, and fencing has been reinstalled at sensitive areas but not in the Living Links area.
- People concerned about polluted water pouring into the creek from a drain. Emily Boucher and Melbourne Water were informed. Apparently coming from the pumping station and not a concern.
- George Woods Reserve. The granitic track has widened and eroded and tree roots exposed probably due to COVID causing increased activity.
- Need to change Business cards, and to distribute Coast & Creek booklets.
- Meeting concluded with a presentation to Nina for winning the Victorian Environment Friends Network Best Friends Award 2021.
Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League Inc.
Mordialloc Creek Community Meeting
Mordialloc Creek Wetlands work to commence soon.
Project of Parks Victoria for the whole precinct including Pompies Landing and Attenborough Park.
Mordialloc Creek DELWP/GHD urban design for the future use in view of population increase. Comments from boat owners :
- Important to maintain park lands for public use.
- Protect the environment including birdlife.
- The creek should not be widened.
- Signs needed to alert visitors to the connection of Longbeach trail.
Removal of Level Crossings at Parkers and Warrigal Roads.
Opportunity to comment on Tim Richardson web site and Your Kingston Your Say. You can also register with LXRA for a Community Consultation and Engagement Session.
City of Kingston Walking & Cycling Strategy
Your Kingston Your Say during September & October. Using a shared digital mapping tool you are able to contribute to mapping out a pedestrian and cycling- friendly Kingston.
Response Letter from Minister R. Wynne’s office regarding the protection of Green Wedge.
The developers damaged a Council-managed open drain in an easement at the rear of this site, after notification by a resident a Council engineer is to inspect the drain.
A meeting with Councilor Tim Cochrane is being organized to discuss the future of the site.
Need stakeholder input and support. G.Vines from KCC excellent heritage report on the site should be bought to the attention of T. Cochrane.
DELWP are now landlords of Pompei’s Landing, excluding the former boat shed site.
Plan to contact Mr Pel regarding the blind corner as bikes emerge from under Pompei’s bridge.
Kington City Council Coastal Management Plan.
Refer Council Meeting Minutes 26.4.21 Agenda item 2 regarding toilet facility
Parkdale Yacht Club.
Suggested a letter be sent to DELWP questioning why the plans were passed and voicing our disapproval.