A0034887B VICTORIA

 

ABN 82 104 322 096

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Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc.

(formerly Beaumaris Tree Preservation Society 1953-70)

P.O. Box 7016

 

BEAUMARIS VIC 3193

 
  info@bcs.asn.au
   

   www.bcs.asn.au

Tel 0395891802, 0429176725
2017-04-22

 

 

Campaign 2002: Keeping the Concourse Green & the Concourse Bushland intact

 

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* 2017 Consultants' final version of the Beaumaris Concourse Streetscape Draft Master Plan Report, of 18 November 2016, is likely to be considered in May 2017 by Bayside City Council for possible adoption. Only 20 comments were made on their Concourse Green page.
 
BCS Inc's concerns about the Master Plan form part of its Campaign 2002. Proposals for alterations to the Concourse Green represent some $300,000 of the $1.4 million of precious ratepayers’ money proposed to be spent.
The Concourse Green, pictured below, has long been a splendid quarter hectare of public open space presently entirely free of paving or gravel - just grass and its 58 native trees.
 
Changes sought to other parts of the Concourse - except as set out below - would likely not be objected to, although proposals to ‘jazz up’ presently blank walls could lead to future unsightly aspects.
 
Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. has the following major concerns:

  • Devegetation of 20% of the Concourse Green at its north-east corner to replace trees and lawn with gravel or paving
    [Land all over Beaumaris is being relentlessly paved (concreted, covered with bitumen, gravel etc), so BCS Inc. strongly opposes any more replacement of public lawn or trees by other surface treatments, particularly in such a prominent and important place.
  • Boulders to be placed on the 20% of the Green to be devegetated - for a so-called ‘Beaumaris feel’  [This is a consultants’ cut-and-paste generic artefact that has nothing to do with Beaumaris, given that sandy Beaumaris has no natural boulders at all].
  • Needless paths - 2 parallel diagonal gratuitous wavy paths (see P. 4) joined to a north-south path along the eastern edge would trisect, and much reduce, the present substantial quarter hectare (2,625 square metres) swathe of grass and trees. [That would nastily fragment the lawn into three insignificant patches of some 600 square metres each, and would make the entire Concourse Green seem much smaller. Walking on mown grass is neither unpleasant nor dangerous and - in contrast to the consultants' claim - is still a ‘Beaumaris feel’].
  • Proposed ‘uplighting’ of trees at night is opposed.
    [Trees' natural condition is a 50% cycle of darkness, and there is quite enough stray ambient light pollution there already to enable their evening character to be discerned. Bird and microbat habitat, and neighbours' evening amenity also need to be protected].
  • One or more vulgar entrance gimmicks reminiscent of the approaches to some hick town in the American mid-west
  • Failure of proposed new planting to be wholly indigenous, but to include cultivars and other non-indigenous plants, including an east coast rainforest species, Tristaniopsis laurina (à la the current much-objected-to Victorian School Building Authority example!)
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The Concourse Bushland The Concourse Green

TO ENLARGE, CLICK ON A PHOTO BELOW OF TATTY ASPECTS THAT BLIGHT THE CONCOURSE GREEN & SHOULD GO.


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Tawdry commercialism frames the Green
Disfiguring re-use of an obsolete sign
Gratuitous propaganda on the Green
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Garish, brightly illuminated unnecessary sign clashes with the Concourse Green's qualities

Graffiti next to a succession of opportunistic real estate agent's signs
Twee Council sign in 1990s style
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Faded illegible Council sign on South Concourse   Estate agent's signs imposed on the Concourse Green The Concourse Green in 2002, with less of the clutter that has accreted since

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South entrance to the Concourse from Reserve Rd:
Remove tatty signage disfiguring this, but please DO NOT build the touted 'Entrance Arch'.

A rare day, on 27 October 2016. when the south entrance is not disfigured with one or more estate agents' signs


BCS Inc. notes that the Green continually has a disfiguring collection of real estate agents' signs (as easily discerned by far the largest   print usually being reserved for their firm's names) that ostensibly - but in small print - advertise current functions and events, and keep advertising them, sometimes for over a month after they have occurred. There appear to be too many signs, present for too many days of the year, for the exemption in Clause 52.05.4 of the Bayside Planning Scheme to apply, so the prohibition in Clause 52.05-10, Category 4, Section 3 might apply, but it is not yet being enforced. A less disfiguring site for these estate agents' signs is needed.


  Bayside Council's Master Plan needs to avoid the 'consultant' mentality and tone of Utopia, and ably mocked in Leunig's 'land of Knodd'.


* 2014 See a quadricopter view of the Beaumaris Concourse Car Show. This brief event worked well, and left no lasting effect behind it.


* 2010 Concourse Bushland's rezoning to Public Park & Recreation Zone was in the Victoria Government Gazette on 11 February 2010.

 

* 2009 The Planning Minister rezoned the Concourse Bushland after Bayside City Council unanimously adopted a staff report  for that.

 

* 2008 BCS Inc. letter to Bayside Council was responded to by Council seeking Concourse Bushland as a Public Park & Recreation Zone.

 

* 2005 Special Meeting of Bayside Council resolved to seek a skateboard ramp site not on Concourse Green. See 2006 Concourse Plan.


* 2004 Cr Ken Beadle, a BCS Inc. member, successfully proposed the rezoning of the Concourse Green to Public Park & Recreation Zone.

 

* 2004 A public petition of 1,140 signatures convinced Bayside Council to abandon its planned skateboard ramp on the Concourse Green.

 

* 2004 BCS Inc. call for protest at Bayside Council plan for a CONCRETE SKATEBOARD RAMP on the Concourse Green.

 

* 2003 BCS Inc. letter to councillors successfully sought rezoning of the Concourse Green, and raised the Concourse Bushland issue.

 

* 2002 A public petition to Bayside City Council and parking survey started by Rose Allaway successfully opposed using any of the quarter hectare Concourse Green for a CAR PARK. The proposal by a group of Concourse shopkeepers was for 58% to be a car park.

 

* The prelude to and genesis of the Concourse is seen in the 1944 bushfire map and 1951 and 1963 aerial photographs of its location.

 

 

Link to Port Phillip Conservation Council Inc. of which BCS Inc. has been a Member Organization since 1970