Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 1st December 1992

Parkdale Foreshore Erosion Control Work

Large basalt rocks have been placed at the foot of the cliffs near Parkdale Lifesaving Club to prevent further erosion from wave action. Some areas on top of the cliffs opposite Parkers road are still very bare and don’t appear to have been planted after last year’s work on the cliff tops. Whilst most sections of Parkdale Foreshore have been fenced at the base of the cliffs, the section near the old banksia has not been fenced despite a recent rock fall.

Bradshaw Park

Friends of Bradshaw Park have not been advised whether their application for funding from DCE has been successful. The spring loading gate is unsatisfactory because the spring is too weak and the gate is too low to keep marauding animals out of the Park.

Mordialloc Foreshore / Kiosk

Council Staff were approached re the extent of the lease granted to the kiosk operators. An area will be set aside for the general public as well as kiosk patrons to sit and drink. This will not be landscaped to suggest to the public that this area is the preserve of the kiosk operator. However Council acceded to the operator’s demands to have an “all round view of the Bay “by writing into the lease that the tea tree in front of the kiosk should be clipped to the height of the promenade wall. MBCL wrote to Richard Frank expressing our concern about desecration of native vegetation on Crown Land.

Mordialloc Creek / Landscaping / Peter Scullin Reserve

Council has prepared a plan for landscaping the Pier Road car park and drive abutting the Scullin reserve. A plan will be presented to the Mordialloc Foreshore Steering Committee which includes two members of the League. The Pier Road plan will once again reduce the number of parking places which Council previously promised the boat owners to increase as overflow parking. Norfolk Island Pines were recommended for the Scullin reserve drive by the Parks & Gardens Supervisor. A sub-committee consisting of Cr Nixon, R. Pearson and D. Digby have presented an alternative plan which will continue the use of vegetation native to the area.

Mordialloc Creek Pollution

G. Agnew presented a report on creek pollution. Vegetable oil came down the creek as a result of a fire at Clayton. The EPA has warned Epsom trainers to stop discharging wastewater into stormwater drains or face prosecution. As a result of heavy rainfall Mordialloc beach has consistently had high E-coli readings throughout the summer. Council has finally placed signs on drains and one in front of the Mordialloc Lifesaving club warning swimmers not swim near outlets after heavy rain. Have written to GHD-CH2M HILL asking for their report on the DSWB re dioxin and furans.

Wetlands / Theme Fun Park

The result of AAT Appeal against the theme/fun park was disappointing since it gave the go ahead to the developer. The League again expresses its appreciation of the considerable time and effort which Mr Jack Cuthbertson devoted to this important appeal. However given the record of recent AAT Appeal decisions the outcome was not surprising.

Meeting closed 10pm

Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League Inc.

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