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.
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!
Tony Collins report
KRA notice of AGM March 13 Alan McLean Hall 2pm
Need to fine tune communication between members
Continue to forward on eg Tony Collins report and Mordialloc Creek Community meeting notes
Pompeii Site Development
Amended plans have been submitted and commented on. Back in VCAT’s hands.
The Sporting Globe
Until Council have made a decision on extended hours you can still lodge objections.
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?
Peppercorn Tree Puzzle
There was concern when it was noticed that an old pepper corn tree was being removed outside the railway station. It was thought that maybe these trees were planted when the station was opened and therefore worthy heritage survivors. Peppercorn trees can be seen around many stations and public buildings in country towns. Seven peppercorn trees remain. Banksias have been planted in the station forecourt and Centreway to link the town with the foreshore’s indigenous vegetation. A branch of one of the remaining Monterey Cypress trees on the Pompei site blew down in a recent storm. It is disappointing that so many of these trees have been removed from around Mordialloc Creek because they attracted so many artists. Peter Smale’s work, featuring two paintings of the creek and launches, is able to be seen online.
The Bay Trail is completed in this section of the Round the Bay Trail. Where the cyclists are supposed to go next seems uncertain, unless they ride under the road bridge and then through the Pompei site to reach the foot bridge over the creek to join the Long Beach Trail to Patterson River. Alternatively they could ride over the Pompei Bridge using the left side path, then through Attenborough Park, under the rail line where the rail bridge crosses the creek, along the south bank of the creek to join with the Long Beach Trail behind the Mordialloc Secondary College.
Climate Change Bill
MBCL added our signature to Zahlia Steggle’s (Fed MP) submission to Federal Parliament. This Bill was based on New Zealand and Britain’s climate change policies and supported by the Business Council of Australia, ACTU, AMA and Climate Works Australia with a total of 400,000 signatures.
Mordialloc Creek Master Plan Update
The 2004 Master Plan was last updated in September 2012. Much of the original upgrading has been completed. In this 2012 version retention of boating and fishing activity on and around the Pompei landing is emphasised. The proposed unit development on the site is not mentioned and will add to a demand for parking. The suggestion is that Attenborough Park be used for boat owner’s parking. An item of concern is the proposal to plant an avenue of Canary Island Palms around the Hazel Pierce Reserve on Beach Road. If anyone is concerned about this please start making enquiries. This was tried once before but the four palms were removed from the site!!
Protection of Westernport Bay
Victorian National Parks Association is appealing for funds for legal and scientific expertise to challenge the weakness of AGL’s claims for a floating gas import facility in the middle of protected wetlands at Crib Point .The entire Westernport Bay is a Ramsar listed wetland. The north arm of the Bay attracts 50,000 waterbirds and this is where AGL is proposing to discharge 47 kilograms of chlorine into the bay each day, if it is not stopped. Even AGL admits that this will exceed safe levels for marine life.
Oysters on the Pier
It seems the experiment to create artificial reefs around Port Phillip Bay to encourage oysters to grow for non-commercial purposes is successful. A recent report mentioned oysters are growing on Mordialloc Pier and on the existing reef to the south of the pier. Will the oysters be affected by the contamination coming out of Mordialloc Creek? Should there be a sign at the mouth of the creek warning the fishermen on the pier not eat the fish or oysters???