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Responses below - in ballot paper order - by the four candidates for Sandringham District
in 2018 that replied to the four questions from Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc.
 

Brad Rowswell
Clarke Martin
Anita Horvath
Creighton King
Liberal
Independent Australian Labor Party
Sustainable Australia


Click here for PDF of candidates' questions and answers below.


 

Question 1:

 

Will you urge the government to approve altering the Bayside Planning Scheme so that

  •  its Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 3 (VPO3) becomes strongly prescriptive, and much less discretionary in its wording and enforcement,
  • vegetation protected by the VPO3 be no longer subject to removal under the VicSmart process, and
  • each residential lot with VPO3 protection also has a mandated requirement for permanent retention of a defined minimum area of usable natural habitat for existing or future vegetation?

Question 2:

 

Will you urge the Victorian government to restructure the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal so that the status, powers, functions and operations of it, and its judicial officers, closely resembles the court of record that is the New South Wales Land and Environment Court?

Question 3:

 

Will you urge the Victorian government to avoid, and desist from maintaining, a policy in favour of a continuing increase in population for the area of Victoria within 150 kilometres of the centre of Melbourneís Central Business District?

Question 4:

 

What is your position - and that of your party (if applicable) - on the scientifically established reality of spiralling climate change and its link to certain human activities, and what specific policies do you, or your party, have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with current scientific evidence?

Brad Rowswell, Liberal

A Liberal Nationals Government would work with the Bayside City Council with a view to strengthening the effectiveness of the VPO.

 

We are prepared to examine whether VPO3 should be subject to VicSmart.

 

The Liberal Nationals re-introduction of the NRZ throughout Bayside will reduce the density of development and help better preserve local vegetation.

The Liberal Nationals do not have a current plan to replicate the structure of the NSW Land and Environment Court.

A Liberal Nationals Government will grow Victoriaís rural and regional areas with high-speed rail coupled with critical road, education and hospital infrastructure. This includes a $1 billion regional road upgrade package. We will also reduce Pay Roll tax in regional areas to just 1%.

 

The Liberal Nationals accept the science of climate change.

 

As part of the Paris Agreement, Australia has committed to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Our Paris Agreement target is reasonable and economically responsible.

 

 

No response was received from Liz Freeman, Labour DLP, by the requested time.

 

 

 

No response was received from Snezana Redford, Animal Justice Party, by the requested time.

 


 

Question 1:

 

Will you urge the government to approve altering the Bayside Planning Scheme so that

  • its Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 3 (VPO3) becomes strongly prescriptive, and much less discretionary in its wording and enforcement,
  • vegetation protected by the VPO3 be no longer subject to removal under the VicSmart process, and
  • each residential lot with VPO3 protection also has a mandated requirement for permanent retention of a defined minimum area of usable natural habitat for existing or future vegetation?

 

Question 2:

 

Will you urge the Victorian government to restructure the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal so that the status, powers, functions and operations of it, and its judicial officers, closely resembles the court of record that is the New South Wales Land and Environment Court?

 

Question 3:

 

Will you urge the Victorian government to avoid, and desist from maintaining, a policy in favour of a continuing increase in population for the area of Victoria within 150 kilometres of the centre of Melbourneís Central Business District?

 

Question 4:

 

What is your position - and that of your party (if applicable) - on the scientifically established reality of spiralling climate change and its link to certain human activities, and what specific policies do you, or your party, have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with current scientific evidence?

 


Clarke Martin, Independent

Governments should plant and maintain vegetation. Developersí bonds only refunded once trees reach certain heights would provide incentive to ensure trees they plant actually survive.

 

I seek VCAT reform. I oppose developments where lawyers seek to game the system. A better balance between communities and developers means addressing resource imbalance. As an independent MP, I would urge a parliamentary inquiry into imbalances, and move a private memberís bill.

An open society cannot restrict population in a particular area. Better public transport infrastructure would let people reside in regional areas, but easily access the city. This would benefit regional businesses and retirees and relieve pressure on housing affordability.

 

Climate change necessitates our transitioning from fossil fuel dependence, and adapting to uncertainty. We need incentives for superannuation funds investing, long term, in renewable energy. I advocate expanding Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, and a Marine Research Centre in the electorate to preserve and renew our marine environment.

 


 

Question 1:

 

Will you urge the government to approve altering the Bayside Planning Scheme so that

  • its Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 3 (VPO3) becomes strongly prescriptive, and much less discretionary in its wording and enforcement,
  • vegetation protected by the VPO3 be no longer subject to removal under the VicSmart process, and
  • each residential lot with VPO3 protection also has a mandated requirement for permanent retention of a defined minimum area of usable natural habitat for existing or future vegetation?

Question 2:

 

Will you urge the Victorian government to restructure the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal so that the status, powers, functions and operations of it, and its judicial officers, closely resembles the court of record that is the New South Wales Land and Environment Court?

Question 3:

 

Will you urge the Victorian government to avoid, and desist from maintaining, a policy in favour of a continuing increase in population for the area of Victoria within 150 kilometres of the centre of Melbourneís Central Business District?

Question 4:

 

What is your position - and that of your party (if applicable) - on the scientifically established reality of spiralling climate change and its link to certain human activities, and what specific policies do you, or your party, have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with current scientific evidence?

 


Anita Horvath, Australian Labor Party



I strongly support this biodiversity conservation, but expert research might reveal unintended consequences. Indigenous fauna and flora are key values, but humansí habitat needs, and net clean energy efficiency gains, over the environmental cost of tree loss, affect VPO3ís crucial importance. Ameliorating heat islands necessitates tree cover. I support expert assessment favouring natural environment. Reserve vegetation should be sacrosanct. Fauna need increased wildlife corridors.

 

Yes

No - provided green spaces and food growing land remain near the CBD, I donít support a blanket cessation of our population growth. I support good process driven, human scale based, planning. I do not support blanket developer driven estate growth. Increase the economyís sophistication so we donít rely on wealth from mining, or diminish food security.

 

International greenhouse gas emission reduction must keep warming below the Paris Agreementís 2 degree increase on pre-industrial levels, or the world faces climate catastrophe, not mere change. Evidence of forthcoming devastation is world wide. See www.climatechange.vic.gov.au.

 

 


No response was received from Dominic Phillips, Australian Greens, by the requested time.


 

Question 1:

 

Will you urge the government to approve altering the Bayside Planning Scheme so that

  • its Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 3 (VPO3) becomes strongly prescriptive, and much less discretionary in its wording and enforcement,
  • vegetation protected by the VPO3 be no longer subject to removal under the VicSmart process, and
  • each residential lot with VPO3 protection also has a mandated requirement for permanent retention of a defined minimum area of usable natural habitat for existing or future vegetation?

 

 

Question 2:

 

Will you urge the Victorian government to restructure the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal so that the status, powers, functions and operations of it, and its judicial officers, closely resembles the court of record that is the New South Wales Land and Environment Court?

 

Question 3:

 

Will you urge the Victorian government to avoid, and desist from maintaining, a policy in favour of a continuing increase in population for the area of Victoria within 150 kilometres of the centre of

Melbourneís Central Business District?

 

Question 4:

 

What is your position - and that of your party (if applicable) - on the scientifically established reality of spiralling climate change and its link to certain human activities, and what specific policies do you, or your party, have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with current scientific evidence?

 


Creighton King, Sustainable Australia



Yes, we support the protection of existing vegetation in the Bayside area. Prescriptive regulations in line with the community standpoint help ensure the protection of our natural areas and have our full support. Please see www.SustainableAustralia.org.au/environment

 

Yes, we support returning real power to local communities and protecting our green spaces especially in already urbanised areas. Please see: www.SustainableAustralia.org.au/planning

 

 

 

Yes. Sustainable Australia is the leading party

 for sensible discussion surrounding

population growth. More and more the

community sees this as a growing issue

however both sides of government

favour perpetual growth and

over-development. Please see:

www.sustainableaustralia.org.au/sustainable_population_immigration

 

Sustainable Australia has strong policies that tackle climate change. Whilst the three major parties seem to believe in infinite growth, Sustainable Australia believes that an increasing population is inherently linked to the increase in emissions. To confront only one of these factors as the other parties do, is to take two steps forward and one step back.

 


Much of the indigenous vegetation on Beaumaris residential lots, which constitute most of the land in Beaumaris, is being relentlessly removed despite the VEGETATION 'PROTECTION' OVERLAY Schedule 3 in the Bayside Planning Scheme covering all such lots.
 
See the list of objections that BCS Inc. has made to applications for damaging removal of native vegetation.


To obtain a calico shopping bag below with the BCS name and logo on it, - to use instead of any form of plastic bag - email a request to info@bcs.asn.au and pay here. Bags are $8.00 each, or 3 for $20.00.

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Beaumaris Modern organized A CELEBRATION OF BEAUMARIS MID-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE, with a special introduction by Tim Ross, of Modernister fame, which SOLD OUT. You can still follow Beaumaris Modern on Facebook, and help by displaying one of BCS Inc's free signs on your land.

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Tree removal: NEW PLANTS SHOULD BE 100% INDIGENOUS, NOT 28%
The Victorian School Building Authority undertook wholesale tree removal at the Beaumaris Secondary College site above. To match nearby areas, the Society wants residents to be told that new plants will be 100% indigenous, not the 28% planned.
The takeover of this public land by the Melbourne Cricket Club limits space for trees.

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BCS thanks all Bayside councillors and the 861 petitioners that saved the Concourse Green. It is an intact quarter-hectare of lawn and trees without any paving or gravel.
Campaign 2002 still aims to protect that increasingly rare quality, and opposes any loss of, or harm to, any of the trees or lawn area, as was sought in a harmful Beaumaris Concourse Master Plan that fortunately Bayside City Council unanimously modified to omit threats.
It adjoins - and contrasts pleasingly with - the busy Concourse shopping centre.


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Bush Tramway Corner is the public land on which the 1930s Beaumaris electric tramway rails used to curve around from Reserve Road into Holding Street.
BCS Inc's Campaign 2006 seeks to have it kept, and zoned Public Park and Recreation, rather than its present, rather ominous, Residential Zoning
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BICYCLE ROAD EXTENSION: View a 75 second video of the 850 metre swathe of foreshore reserve denuded of bushland in 2013 before it was concreted. BCS Inc. officers
walked the foreshore route in 2007-11 with the 7 MPs below, to show why Bayside City Council and BCS Inc. wanted the Department of Sustainability and Environment and VicRoads
to co-operate to save the foreshore by VicRoads extending and rationalizing Beach Road's 2-lane motor traffic
Safety Section to make room for the bicycle road on Beach Road.

 

 
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Hon. Andrew Robb, then
Liberal MHR, Goldstein

(at right)


Edward
                            O'Donohue MLC

 

Edward O'Donohue, then Parliamentary Secretary for

Transport (2nd left)


 

Murray Thompson, Liberal MLA, Sandringham

(centre)


 

Andrea Coote, then Liberal MLC, Southern Metropolitan

(centre)


 

Georgie Crozier, Liberal MLC, Southern Metropolitan

(centre)


 

John Lenders, then Labor MLC, Southern Metropolitan

(centre)


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Susan Pennicuik, Greens MLC, Southern Metropolitan

(2nd left)


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Bayside City Council's sign just east of Cromer Rd, Beaumaris, was one
of many to
thwart rampant foreshore tree vandalism. VicRoads did not make room on Beach Rd
for the bicycle road extension, so Council removed trees it had previously protected.
 


   
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Click here for a high resolution plan - which can be zoomed in to - of the section of Ricketts Point Landside Reserve where Bayside City Council granted a permit in 2014 to remove eight trees to let machinery enter to repair the landslip problems of 406A Beach Road, Beaumaris, despite its road access being from Lang Street.  

Beach Park signs

 

Click on photo to see progress here. Campaign 2008B wants
Beach Park's proliferating signs to be fewer, less obtrusive, & less
WHITE ..
See
list of the 193 signs along the Marine Sanctuary and a photo of each.


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BCS Inc. commends Bayside City Council's success in

rezoning the Concourse bushland above from its inappropriate

Business 1 Zone to a Public Park and Recreation Zone.


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BCS Inc. wrote to Bayside City Council suggesting use of
indigenous coastal vegetation to screen the obtrusive blot on the
landscape that Federal law has allowed to be imposed near Surf Avenue.


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BCS Inc. thanks Bayside City Council for pursuing its suggestion
that planting indigenous coastal vegetation would partly screen
the stark mobile phone structures at left.


1951 Crown Lands Department aerial photograph of Beaumaris from 3,000 metres


Click on the photograph below to enlarge it and ZOOM into an area of interest.
Also click here for a current Google Earth view of Beaumaris.


An unprecendently large part of 20th Century urban development dating from 1951 was respectful of and sympathetic to the bushland character of the areas newly urbanized then.
That valuing of the indigenous flora was so marked then that today's indigenous vegetation areas are still the main parts of Beaumaris in which those plants were prevalent in 1951.

The Constitution of Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. requires it to defend the indigenous areas, and to encourage restoration of other areas where those plants have been lost.


If you fly over the southern suburbs, Beaumaris is conspicuous because of its widespread green cover of canopy trees, which sets it apart from nearby areas, where roofs dominate.


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See the BCS Inc. banner below
 

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Eleven pied cormorants resting in Beaumaris Bay in 2016.
Click on the Society's battle-scarred banner above to see it in action.

Click here to visit the website of Port Phillip Conservation Council Inc.

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