Campaign 2002: Keeping the Concourse Green & Concourse Bushland intact
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Bayside Council’s May meeting received the petition below and then heard 11 citizens’ 3-minute presentations on the staff recommendation to the Council to adopt the consultants’ plan for the Concourse, 9 of which supported the petition.
The video of the Council meeting is at bay-170523.mp4 where the 3-minute presentations start at the 1:49:18 point. That of the BCS Inc. President, Greg Mier, starts at the 2:20:50 point.
Those presentations were followed at the 2:43:00 point by a Southern Ward councillor and former Mayor, Cr Laurie Evans, moving a motion to adopt the BeaumarisConcourse Streetscape Master Plan subject to making the following changes to the Concourse Green concept plan:
Cr Evans’s motion was seconded by Cr Rob Grinter, of Central Ward. It was carried 6 votes to nil (Cr Michael Heffernan of Northern Ward had left earlier). BCS Inc. thanks all Bayside councillors and the 861 petitioners for their help.
Consultants’ final version of the BeaumarisConcourse Streetscape Draft Master Plan Report, of 18 November 2016, is Item 10.4 on Pages 91-97 of the agenda of the Bayside City Council meeting of Tuesday, 23 May 2017 at 7 pm.agenda of the above meeting, where it is acknowledged as having gained 861 signatures. Only 20 comments were made on the Council’s web page on the Concourse Green. BCS Inc’s concerns about the Master Plan form part of its Campaign 2002. Proposals to alter the Concourse Green represent some $300,000 of the $1.4 million of precious ratepayers’ money proposed to be spent. The Concourse Green, shown below, has long been a distinctive quarter hectare of central Beaumaris public open space still 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:
* 2014 See a quadricopter view of the BeaumarisConcourse Car Show. This brief event worked well, and left no lasting effect behind it.
* 2010 ConcourseBushland’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.
* 2005 Special Meeting of Bayside Council resolvedto seek a skateboard ramp site not on Concourse Green. See 2006 Concourse Plan.
* 2004Cr Ken Beadle, a BCS Inc. member, successfully proposed the rezoning of the Concourse Green to Public Park & Recreation Zone.
* 2004 BCS Inc. call for protest at Bayside Council plan for a CONCRETE SKATEBOARD RAMP onthe Concourse Green.
* 2002 A public petition to Bayside City Council, with 970 signatures, and a 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% of the Councourse Green to be converted into a car park.