GOOD NEWS!! It is not often that conservationists win battles in their attempts to protect precious remnants of the environment but this month it was announced that Kingston Council bought 19 Tarella Road! It is a remnant of original bushland undeveloped despite the suburbanisation taking place around it. It will provide much needed open space for Chelsea and Edithvale suburbs which are short of an area like this for non-sporting types to enjoy.
Alex Fraser Recycling Facility
The hearing was conducted virtually which meant that submitters didn’t need to trek into Kings Street. We are now awaiting Planning Minister Wynne’s response to the need to remove this industry out of Kingston’s Green Wedge and into an industrial zone where facilities such this belong.
Pier Road Toilet Block and George Woods Reserve
The pier road toilet block is to go ahead which is unfortunate because it will dominate and block views of the approach to Mordialloc pier/ promenade area. Work is also to commence in the George Woods Reserve with extensions to the Mordialloc Scout Hall to provide a storage area for the 5th Mordialloc Sea Scouts’ boats.
Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline in Victoria
An inquiry into the EPBC Act (Environmental Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999) is being held in Victoria to check on the EPBC Act’s protection of the environment in Victoria. The wonderful Mountain Ash forests in the Central Highlands, climate change and the impact of storm surges on Port Phillip Bay with resultant flooding, the need to better manage water use in the Murray Darling Basin and the possible introduction of coal seam gas mining are some of the harmful issues for Victoria. It is pleasing to note that at least four or five of MBCL members are working on a submission.
Mentone Railway Station Replacement
As part of the Level Crossing Removal Program, Mentone Railway station has been completed and is claimed to be successful, except for the fact that the five toilets provided are not differentiated into male and female use (i.e. unisex). It seems that neither the males nor females are happy with this situation at Mentone. What has happened at other replaced stations?
Bay Trail – Rennison Street to Nepean Highway
The final 1.1.km section of the Bay Trail shared pedestrian /cyclist path is hoped to be finished at the end of 2020, but because of COVID-19 may extend into 2021. A Bay Trail Public Art Project is planned for this section of the trail. A certain three-wheeled cyclist MBCL member claims that the shared path is a great addition to the Round the Bay Trail.