Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 2nd February 1993

Bradshaw Park

Work in Bradshaw Park is proceeding satisfactorily. The Friends group have prepared a new map and information sheet for use by students or visitors to the park.

Parkdale Foreshore Erosion Control / Planing

The plantings are flourishing after heavy summer rain although in places where the water has accumulated some plants have not survived.

Mordialloc Foreshore Landscaping

After a meeting of the Foreshore Steering Committee at the Council Chambers on January 20th, D. Digby was asked to prepare a plan for the foreshore and Scullin Reserve area which would comprise of indigenous species only rather than Norfolk Island pines as was previously suggested by Council staff. Thanks to sterling work by R. Pearson, the plan for indigenous plants only was accepted by the whole Council! Well done!

Mordialloc Foreshore Kiosk / Restaurant

Richard Frank finally responded to our letter pointing out that tea trees and banksias, if let to grow would enhance the view (and also conceal the ugly beach-side restaurant facade). However, there is no evidence in his letter that he has seen the light and will leave the vegetation to grow naturally. The City Engineer has been asked to advise us if there is to be further mutilation of the trees.
Richard Frank has also applied to alter the Mordialloc Planning Scheme so that liquor can be served without food from 7.00 am to 1.00 am the following day, in an area within the restaurant especially set aside for that purpose.
We have the opportunity to comment on the proposal. If members approve, our comments would be that we consider the trading hours excessive, the sale of liquor without food should be confined to the 38m2 bar area and not extend out to and beyond the terrace, there should be no sale of liquor to be taken away and consumed off the premises and overall seating capacity should not be increased beyond the present 100 seats.
Signage for the restaurant/kiosk is under discussion in Council. The League will be given the chance to comment on the size of signs proposed. At present there is to be a flag with logo from the flag pole on the roof, an illuminated sign above the entrance and a small sign near the entrance to the Scullin Reserve. The Ministry for Conservation document, “Siting & Design Guidelines for Structures on the Port Phillip Coast” states:-
“Signs should be concentrated at particular locations where they will have least impact on the landscape.” and “Signs should not generally be higher than the roofline of adjacent buildings or vegetation or be moving or consist of flashing lights.”

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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.

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Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 4th November 1992

Parkdale Foreshore Erosion Control Work

The Parkdale Foreshore has been designated by the Port of Melbourne Authority under its Sand Renourishment Programme as an area for annual maintenance. However, severe storm erosion of one section of the cliffs will require an infill of rocks to prevent further erosion. The City Engineer is still seeking suitable sandstone rocks for this section of the Parkdale cliffs.

Mordialloc Foreshore Development / Kiosk / Landscaping

The restaurateur has demanded the replacement of the proposed timber decking terrace with a brick paved surface for the restaurant/kiosk. The League was contacted by the City Engineer about this matter. We responded as follows:-
“Whilst expressing – concern at further demands made to change the original plans for this structure, MBCL reluctantly accedes to the request to delete the plan for timber decking providing that the brick paved terrace is not suitable for load bearing external walls which could allow for incremental creep at a later date.”

Concern is also expressed at landscaping proposals for the grassed area in front of the Kiosk. These proposals include the removal of tea tree to provide an “all round view of the Bay” and landscaping around seating which could suggest that this section of foreshore belongs to the kiosk. The Council at its 24th August meeting reported that they had agreed to lease the grassed area west of the kiosk to the restaurateur. We have written to the DCE and PPCC about this issue. There was no consultation with the League or RPAC about this matter.

Mordialloc Creek / Horse Paddock Reef Pollution

Glen Agnew reported on his attendance at the General Meeting of the PPCC and his report to local groups about his research on the Horse Paddock Reef. Glen also alerted us to the environmental assessment for the purpose of re-development, of the 202 hectare Dandenong Springvale Sewage site. The study was carried out by Gutteridge Haskins Davies. Significant amounts of Dioxin and Furans were found at the site. This has implications for the state of the Creek and Bayside beaches when the sewage ponds overflow after heavy rain. MBCL has written to GHD asking for a copy of the report.

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Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 6th October 1992

Pollution in Port Phillip Bay

Glen Agnew reported on the continuing sedimentation problems which affect the marine life in the Bay. There is increasing nutrient growth & decreased light levels well below the SSEP standards for Port Phillip Bay. The heavy rainfall this year has intensified the sedimentation problems, as has any development work upstream from the Mordialloc Creek estuary. Road works and building developments increase the sediment loads entering the Bay. It is also probable that increasing sedimentation has affected the Electroma Georgiana shells causing them to be washed up on Mordialloc beach in recent weeks. The putrid stench lasted for two or three weeks.
It was proposed that the League write to Vic Roads and the EPA informing them of the sedimentation problem and seeking advice on preventing this occurring so frequently.
Thanks to Glen for appearing at the AAT hearing on the Keys- borough wetlands. Glen has also spoken to local groups about his work.

Bradshaw Park

R. Pearson reported that a Friends of Bradshaw Park group was inaugurated two years ago. This Friends group was formalised recently with a committee being formed the minutes of which were circulated to all Mordialloc Councillors and Staff. Friends of Bradshaw Park have applied for funds under the Grants to Community Groups for Conservation & Environmental Projects 1992/93. Funding will be used for revegetating an area of the park. The application for funds was made by the MBCL(which is an incorporated body) on behalf of the FBP.

D. Bainbridge gave a report on the work carried out in the Park stressing the importance of protecting the indigenous plants not only in this location but also along the adjoining railway line and Mordialloc creek and foreshore.

Problems associated with work in the park include foxes which destroy wildlife, people who dump garden rubbish in the park and dogs which dig out plants on the foreshore. Maintenance within Bradshaw Park is time consuming leaving little time for more productive work.

Wetlands / Theme Fun Park Keysborough

J. Cuthbertson presented a report on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearing at which he represented MBCL and CRAG. MBCL is extremely grateful to Jack for the enormous amount of time and hard work which he devoted to this important issue. The report is included with these minutes.

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Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League – Minutes – 2nd June 1992

Bradshaw Park

Following the acceptance of the BIOSIS recommendations by Mordialloc Council, $30,000 has been provided for work in the Park. The Department of Conservation & Environment have given permission for a Land for Wildlife sign to be erected at this Heritage Award winning park.

Parkdale Cliffs

Erosion control work at the Parkdale Cliffs section of the foreshore has been completed although rocks have not yet been integrated into the cliff face as was originally planned.

Mordialloc Foreshore

The old kiosk building has been demolished and approval has been given for work to commence on the new structure. Plans for a shelter to replace the “birdcage”. have been forwarded to the League.
Disused light poles have still not been removed from the foreshore.
S. Calvert-Smith advises that SEC poles will eventually be re-located on the land side of Beach road.
The Nicholson shed is to be given the “treatment” and a lexan window placed in the rear wall. Residents would prefer to have the rear wall removed entirely to deter drinkers from lingering in the building.

Coast & Creek Booklet

A sub-committee spent time revising the text of the booklet which should be available in time for the October meeting of MBCL.

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