The Chief Executive Officer
Bayside City Council
Dear Mr Wilson,
2002/8152: Proposed Construction of Viewing Platforms, and other Work at and near “Moysey Gardens”
Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. considers that the “Moysey Gardens” and the area near it (Melway 86F8) is, not surprisingly, given the nearby large and long established hotel and commercial areas, more in need of restoration and corrective work than many other parts of Beaumaris Beach Park.
The Society notes that the “Moysey Gardens” provide, by means of an unduly large stone cairn, and remnant senescent Pinus radiata trees, a substantial reminder of the past presence of the Moysey family, who were pioneer settlers of Beaumaris. These relics relate to an era long past, and it is appropriate that they should look old and simple, and not be dominated or even rivalled by nearby incompatible development. It is appropriate that these reminders of the Moysey era appear in a simple setting of public open space, which at present includes mown grass, with four bench seats, a public drinking tap, a litter container, and a cliff top safety fence, providing that this present level of modification of a once natural coastal setting goes little further.
Need to remove past clutter: Unfortunately that simple and restful scene overlooking Port Phillip, and the coastline of the City of Kingston and beyond, from the edge of a high cliff, has already been marred by the blight of more municipal and other introduced clutter and disturbance. Extraneous past works and clutter that mar the site covered by Project 2002/8152 include:
The Society opposes the increase in built clutter on Beach Park that will result. The platforms are not needed to view the sea here, and would detract from the goal of having as natural and unaffected a coastal reserve as possible. The best views of the cliffs here by far are obtained from the public access areas, including the jetties, around the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron area. If there is a serious intention to have people enjoy coastal views here, we consider that rationalized, relevant signage should publicize the public’s lawful right to walk right around the BMYS perimeter, which is written into BMYS’s lease from the Crown. A recent sign on the BMYS fence regarding “grounds” might deter many people from exercising their right to walk on those public areas.
Need to Replace Pest and Exotic Plants with Coastal Indigenous Plants: Because of its early settlement and its closeness to early intense development, including the former boat shed below, the project area contains many pest and exotic plants. Columns G and H on the Beaumaris Foreshore Pest Plant list on our Web site give an approximate listing of the species noted there. More specimens of surviving indigenous plants should be planted.
Inappropriateness of “Gardens” here: It would be honest, and appropriate for a foreshore area, to phase out the terminology “Gardens” for this area. Its status as a part of a Permanent Public Recreation Reserve under the Crown Land Reserves Act is secure, and it needs no subsidiary protective title. The idea of the “Moysey Gardens” as “Gardens” is no longer reflected in the way in which the area is managed, as the only “gardening” that occurs on this very dry sandy area is periodic lawn mowing in times when summer dieback of grass or drought has not resulted, as at present, in there being any lawn worth mowing. The main legacy of past “gardening” has been the persistence of recognized pest plants introduced at that time, such as South African Gazania and Agapanthus plants.
cc. Mayor and Councillors, Bayside City Council