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Kingston Council Update (Foreshore & Bushland)
- DEECA – Coastal Adaptation- funding for Climate Change Impacts. Kingston has been funded for up to 4 stages in the process of mitigation.
- Travis questioned on removal of trees at Yammerbook.
- Canterbury Rd development. Plant rescue of remnant vegetation or protection?
- This is near the planned Mordialloc Creek Wetlands. Was it assessed in 2017?
- Tanie – DEECA Grant to manage the peri urban weeds. Sites at Bonbeach and Carrum and 2 along the creek. In partnership with Bunurong Land Management Council.
- Aim to improve community engagement through social media, Council website and delivered publications.
- Nesting boxes and cameras have been installed in Bradshaw Bushland Reserve.
- Planning and promoting lots of events such as The Grange Wedding Bush Festival (14/10), Keely Park Spring Fair (21/10), Backyard Bird Count during October. Kingston Bio Blitz 23 (Use inaturalist app).
- Concerns were raised over LXR Mordialloc and the loss of vegetation along existing rail line.
Kingston Council Update
Waiting for options about renaming of park. Lee James will be starting a Friends Group
Groves Reserve (SCOPE)
Regarding the large scale removal of trees from the site. Adrian Hyland looked into it. This is Crown Land under lease. Council will be issuing an infringement notice as no permit was given for removal of trees. Will they be required to replace 3 for each one lost?
Pompei Development Site
The original sign “BOAT BUILDING WORKS” is intended to be placed at the rear carpark of new development. An A3 plaque will be placed on site to recognize the history. Only indigenous planting to be used.
Bradshaw Bushland Reserve
There has been a meeting with Council and Level Crossing Removal Authority (29.8) concerning the protection of the remnant vegetation on the East side of railway line and vegetation within the reserve . They have been sent a list of remnant vegetation provided by the Ranger and to be updated by David Bainbridge. Level Crossing Removal Authority are recommending a shared path to go on the other side of railway. So a very heartening meeting.
Environment and Open Spaces Strategic Advisory Committee
Open Space Strategy is to be updated. Hopefully the existing document and it’s many fine points will not be ignored.
Kingston Council Update
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
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.
Kingston Council Update
- 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!
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.
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.
Out – Letter to Minister R. Wynne regarding the protection of Green Wedge.
Pompei Site development.
Second Hearing VCAT. Amenity, noise and vibration concerned not addressed by the developers .
Amended plans rejected.
Concern about an open storm water drain that has been damaged by developers. It is now a Council managed easement.
Peter Scullin Park Plan and Playspace renewal.
Concerns about the vegetation and preservation of understory. And as for the new toilet block to be located near the end of the pier!
There was concern about the choke point as bike riders emerge from under Nepean Hwy to Pompeii’s landing. Contacted Tony Collins who has maps of area showing the Authority responsible for various areas.
VCAT member ruled against developers as there was a lack of amenity such as windows not opening and that noise and vibration issues that needed to be addressed. Amended plans are to be submitted early February.
The Sporting Globe
Objections were sent to Council regarding the application to extend opening hours from 10pm to midnight. Also concerns about large crowds on pavement behaving badly. Purpose of parklets taking up parking places?