Report by Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. observer of the Public Meeting held below:
The meeting was
ably chaired by Murray Thompson, MLA for Sandringham,
who was thanked at the end by
strong applause. Speakers
representing groups associated
with Beaumaris Reserve, including
the Tennis Club, Soccer Club, Art Group, and Returned
Services League (principal watchers over the Cenotaph)
gave their reasons why they could
not accept a skateboard ramp near
their areas of concern. They were
followed by representatives of Friends of Balcombe Park (Joan Couzoff), Bayside Friends of Native Wildlife (Michael Norris), and Beaumaris
Conservation Society Inc. (its Secretary, Ron Morris). Each
speaker addressed the meeting for
up to 5 minutes.
speakers then spoke for a similar
time. They included former BCS
Inc. member Tina Owens; two
teenage boys, Nick and Tom, who
were skateboard enthusiasts; and
Geoffrey Goode. Tina spoke
strongly on the need for physical
recreational facilities for
teenagers beyond ball games, and
urged those present to do
something positive to cause such
facilities to be built. The
teenage speakers told of their
keenness on skateboarding, and the
need for a ramp. They instanced
other sites, such as the
north-west corner of Banksia
Reserve. Geoffrey gave background
to problems with a previous ramp
(reverberant timber, not
concrete), and the Bayside City
Council commissioners’ sale
of two grassed spaces on the
east corner of Cloris Avenue and
Speakers asked why the Beaumaris Campus of Sandringham College, which has considerable grassed open land, could not arrange for its north-west corner to be leased to the Council for a skateboard ramp. Murray Thompson said that the School Council had to agree if that was to happen, and that it had so far not been in favour of that.
The meeting concluded with a show of hands, for each of the 3 sites below, of those favouring them for a ramp. Few favoured any of those 3 sites. Nearly all hands were raised in favour of the Council examining further sites than those three. People accepted invitations to join a Working Group to pursue speakers’ concerns. Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. chose not to provide a representative for that Group, but offered to give its views on any new sites proposed.
Residents Conservationists Cricketers Skateboarders
Senior Citizens Soccer enthusiasts Artists
Dog walkers Tennis Players RSL Members
Library members Friends of Balcombe Park
WE NEED YOU!
We intend forming a Working Party of interested residents to investigate more closely a possible requirement and/or a suitable location for a Skate Board Facility in Beaumaris.
At the Bayside Council Meeting on 22 August 2005 there was stiff opposition to all three possible sites:
· the Concourse Green, and
· Beaumaris Reserve at
The meeting was well attended by a large number of residents. Councillors Beadle, Ryan, McLorinan, Dwyer and Wilson voted successfully to defer a decision until after a Special Council Meeting to be held at on 13 September 2005, where residents and other involved parties can each have their say. Councillors Andrews, del Porto and Carroll unsuccessfully opposed that decision, saying they would have deferred the issue until after the Council elections ended, on 26 November.
As this Special Council Meeting is less than three weeks away, many of those attending Monday’s Council Meeting decided a “Call to Action Meeting” was required.
Please support your Beaumaris Community by attending a Public Meeting at
Beaumaris Community Centre
Due to obvious time constraints, individual speakers will be limited to 3 minutes each. Please tell your “Interest Group” Coordinator before the meeting if you wish to speak.
The Chairperson might also allow each identified “Interest Group” that registers with one of the people below before the meeting to have one representative speak for up to 10 minutes.
To further discuss any of the above items, please contact
Elspeth Black 9589 0198 / Norm Stewart 9589 1435 / John Lawler 9589 4020
ATTENDANCE AT THIS MEETING IS
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