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Conservation Society Inc.









BCS Inc.
Supports 2 Council Candidates

the first Bayside City Council elections, in 1997,
there were, of course, no sitting councillors in
any ward. At the second

elections, in 2000, there was no sitting
councillor in Moysey Ward, which covers some
two-thirds of Beaumaris, and no other suburb, as
the first Moysey Ward councillor, Vivien Kluger,
did not stand again. Cr Kluger had been strongly
supported by Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc,
as had Ken Beadle, who succeeded Cr Kluger as the
second Moysey Ward councillor. 

Beaumaris Conservation Society
Inc. is very grateful that both Cr Kluger and Cr
Beadle fulfilled their promise as good
representatives of Moysey Ward. In Cr Ken Beadle’s
case it is fortunate for Beaumaris that he has
decided to seek a second three-year term, and
Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. supports his
campaign. The Society considers that Cr Ken Beadle
has been one of the best two champions of the
conservation and environment cause on the 2000-03
Bayside City Council. 

Another good candidate is a newer BCS
Inc. member, Fiona Austin
, who will gain
experience in this campaign that could be of
benefit to BCS Inc. in future campaigns. BCS Inc.
recommends that members who might prefer to vote
Austin 1 make very sure that they vote Ken Beadle

In the adjoining Ebden Ward, which includes over
a quarter of Beaumaris, a member
of Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc, Derek
who is also the founding convenor of
the Bayside Alliance for Heritage, the
Environment and Appropriate Development,
the only candidate standing against Cr
Simon Russell. Cr Russell has held the seat for
two terms, and before that he was a councillor in
the Central Ward of the former City of



Wilson, Ebden Ward candidate

Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. has very
direct and important interests in Ebden Ward

  • Beaumaris makes up
    about a third of the residential area in Ebden
  • Most of the
    important Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary adjoins
    Ebden Ward.
  • A Beaumaris gem, the
    area made up of the Ricketts Point landside part
    of Beaumaris Beach Park together with the
    adjoining treed and informal Point and Coral
    Avenues, is entirely in Ebden Ward.
  • The Beaumaris part
    of Ebden Ward, which contains the Gramatan
    Avenue Heathland Sanctuary, Donald MacDonald
    Reserve, Long Hollow Reserve, and Balcombe Park
    Reserve, has been badly affected by
    over-intensive and unduly obtrusive residential
    development, and there has been no significant
    resistance to that
    on behalf of
    the Ward, within the Council. 
  • Beaumaris
    Conservation Society Inc. has, since 1970, been
    a Member Organization of Port

    Phillip Conservation Council Inc. PPCC
    Inc. reminds us of the larger picture – that the
    fate of not only Ebden Ward, but all the coastal
    reserve land within Bayside is greatly
    influenced by the priorities of Bayside Council.
    The coastal reserve north of South Road is 5 km
    from Ebden Ward’s foreshore, but Ebden’s
    councillor influences it too. There is no Crown
    foreshore reserve there – it is Bayside Council
    freehold, so the Victorian Government has less
    influence in that stretch.

  • More recently,
    Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. has been a
    member of Save
    Our Suburbs Inc.
    which has been a
    splendid Melbourne-wide leader in the fight
    against the excesses of the notorious and
    fortunately now defunct Good Design Guide
    publication, which was exploited by apologists
    for much of the inappropriate development that
    has beset Moysey and Ebden Wards. The mind-set
    behind that approach is still evident in many of
    the stances taken on development issues in the
    name of Ebden Ward voters. BCS Inc. considers
    that Derek Wilson, who is one of the Bayside
    representatives of Save Our Suburbs, has
    the attitudes and abilities that we need to
    correct present glaring shortcomings and
    complacency in much that presently passes for
    democratic scrutiny of development


Ebden Ward
Councillor noted in The Age

An early Council election report in The Age
(News 9, 13th February 2003) read as

“One election hot spot is Bayside (Brighton,
Sandringham) where allegations are flying over
alleged misuse of council-funded newsletters.

Two councillors seeking re-election, Liberals
Gary Andrews and Simon Russell, have riled
opponents by distributing their yearly ward
newsletters just weeks from the election.”

An indication of the timing of the release of
those Council-funded ward newsletters comes from
the date printed on them. Both are dated February

Another dating difficulty in Cr Russell’s 4-page
newsletter showed under a heading “Thank You
, which has a photograph of Val Ross, former
President of Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc.
who, by 1999, had gone to live in

General Meeting of 23rd January 2003

The Ordinary General Meeting of the Society that
was held in January 2003 filled a number of
vacancies on the Committee of Management of the
Society. The vacancies occurred when those elected
to fill those positions at the 2002 Annual General Meeting
chose to resign and stand for their positions
again, after being informed of a letter to the
Society from a BCS Inc. member that complained of
shortcomings in the procedure by which the
positions had been filled at that annual

Keith Holmes was elected as our Senior
Vice-President, and all the vacant Zone Leader
positions were filled. 

Memories of
the Founding Era of BCS Inc.

In this 50th
Anniversary year
for Beaumaris Conservation
Society Inc. the Bayside Leader approached
the Society with a view to writing an article
about the Anniversary. Their photographer took a
photograph in early February of a range of family
and other members on the Concourse Green, which
was successfully defended by BCS Inc. late last
year. We were privileged to have in the photograph
Mrs Cath Carroll, who
was one of the founding members in 1953, and had
been present at the Inaugural
General Meeting
of the Beaumaris Tree
Preservation Society (we changed our name in 1970)
as was demonstrated by the original
Minute Book
we asked her to hold in her hand
as she was photographed. She and her colleagues
did their work well, to the great advantage of the
present and future generations of people living in

The recent terrible bushfires in south-eastern
Australia have been a reminder of the 1944
bushfire that burnt nearly all of Beaumaris before
there were many houses here. A copy of an official report of that
which includes an account of the
nature of the vegetation in the area then, and
shows a map of the area burnt, now appears on our
Web site. 

© 2003 Beaumaris
Conservation Society Inc.


P.O. Box


Secretary: Rose Allaway


(03) 9589 5194, 0429176725