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MINUTES OF THE 32ND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE BEAUMARIS CONSERVATION SOCIETY 
AT BEAUMARIS COMMUNITY CENTRE,  AT 8 P.M. ON 5TH SEPTEMBER 1984

PRESENTMr. G. (Geoffrey) Goode, Mrs. M. (Margaret) Goode, Miss J. (June) Stewart, Mrs. J. (Jennifer) deKok, Ms L. (Lois) Bell, Audrey Todd, Tina Owens, R. Cooper, M. Forster, Messrs. Ken Rendell, Derick Todd, Ross Peacock, Dr. & Mrs. J.G. Mosley
APOLOGIESGraham Ihlein MLA, Robert Lawson MLC, Geoffrey Connard MLC, Cr. L. (Laurence) Bottomley, David Lea, Cr. John Moller, Mrs. H. Teague, Mr. & Mrs. K. (Keith) Tarrant, Mr. & Mrs. W. (William) Sampson, David Charles MHR
MINUTES31st A.G.M. confirmed (Jenny De Kok/Derick Todd)
PRESIDENT’S REPORT
 The President, Mr G. Goode, gave the following outline of the year’s activities.
 Gramatan Avenue Heathland Sanctuary
 This has been the Society’s main activity for the year. In order to preserve the Heathland plants we have been removing coastal tea tree and other weeds. About 85% has now been removed.
 Councillors & M.P.s
 We wrote to M.P.s concerning the Alpine Park controversy. A meeting was held with committee, Cr. L. Bottomley and Liberal candidate Mr. David Lea, to acquaint him with conservation attitudes and problems in the area, including Keefer’s Boatshed site.
 Quiet Corner
 We argued against the Authority’s proposal to reinforce the cliff with one ton boulders, because they tend to become unsightly, with rubbish collecting in the crevices. We argued for a sand replenishment scheme being more in harmony with the area. After site visits with M.P.s the sand replenishment scheme has now been adopted.
 Table Rock
 A letter was sent to S.C.C. in appreciation of the erosion control measures adopted and carried out by S.C.C.
 Historic House, 10 Coronet Grove
 The founding president of B.C.S., Mrs Bea Hosking, lived in this early Victorian house believed to have been built about 1850. She has now sold this house and we have encouraged the new owner to apply for a Trust classification.
 Membership
 As our membership has been getting less, the following suggestions from those present were made: 
  1. Publicity during Spring when flowers are out.
  2. Include information in S.C.C. Folder to new residents.
  3. Information at libraries.
  4. Links with Guides and Scouts.
It was resolved that President’s report be accepted. (June Stewart/Audrey Todd)
TREASURER’S REPORT
 The attached copy of Treasurer’s report was accepted. (M. Goode/June Stewart)
PORT PHILLIP CONSERVATION COUNCIL REPORT BY DELEGATE, G. GOODE
 With the demise of the Port Phillip Authority, most of the Council’s efforts have been spent in forming views on how to tackle the Government’s administration of the Bay and keeping a vigilant eye on all activity. Most decisions to date by the Government have been sympathetic to conservation views, i.e. rejection of Sorrento Marina. 

Report accepted. (Tina Owens/M. Goode)

GRAMATAN AVENUE SANCTUARY: REPORT BY FRANCES WATERMAN
 Three H.S.C. students from Kilbreda College carried out a Biology assignment in the sanctuary, identifying plant and weed species, and trying to establish some management controls. They prepared a 60 page report. 

The president thanked Frances and requested if a copy of the report could be obtained for the society’s records.

OFFICE BEARERS
 The following members were nominated and elected unopposed. 

President: G. Goode (Ken Rendell/June Stewart) 
Vice-President: June Stewart (M. Goode) 
Hon. Secretary: Ken Rendell (Jenny de Kok) 
Treasurer: M. Goode (June Stewart)

FORESHORE DEVELOPMENT
 Ricketts Point Tea House  

June Stewart outlined background. Tenders for new building were advertised in recent weeks.  

G. Goode spoke against the need for a new facility, conditions being quite different from when the kiosk was first built. 

No comments or proposals were received from the meeting. 

Keefer’s Boat shed 

G. Goode spoke against rebuilding a new facility on the present confined site, and suggested Mordialloc Creek area would be a more suitable location. No comments or proposals were received from the meeting.

GUEST SPEAKER: DR. J.G. MOSLEY, DIRECTOR A.C.F. (AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION)
 The President introduced our guest speaker. Dr Mosley outlined the history and current management arrangements for Australia’s coastline. To facilitate co-ordination it is important to have regional and centralised management. In 1879 a far sighted decision was taken to create foreshore reserve for the whole coastline. During 1950 and 1960 the rate of development along the coastline created many problems that triggered the need for special management controls. In the early 1970s the need for research, technical advice, co-ordination of development, policy formulation, and adopting statutory planning process, was realised. 

South Australia in 1972 established the “Coast Protection Act 1972” and a management plan. Its chief focus was erosion. 

Queensland in 1968 established “Beach Protection Authority“. Studies were made of whole coastline and special studies of Fraser Island and Moreton Bay. Their chief focus was also erosion 

N.S.W. in 1973 established “Coastal Protection Scheme“. Whole coastline studied and divided into two categories: 

Red – important to acquire; Yellow – areas to protect. Much of the acquired land is National Park. Local council policy does not, in many cases, reflect control objectives for areas to be protected. 

Victoria. In 1966 the Port Phillip Authority was formed, the first coast management authority in the world. Its concern was about erosion but also all development and structures on the coast. 

A study of Port Phillip coastline was completed in 1977. A study of Western Port and surrounding areas was made to control development. 

A “coastal management committee” controlled all other areas. A conservation plan for the whole coastline was drawn up. 

The ALP, after making election promises to establish a coastal management authority, have done very little towards it, and the future does not appear positive. 

Tasmania has classified the whole coastline.  

During question time the matter of controls for underwater areas was raised. At present this area appears to have been neglected.

NOTICESLetter from A.C.F. on Daintree forest was discussed and it was resolved to endorse A.C.F. statement and make $30 contribution (K. Rendell/M.Goode) 

Meeting was informed of: 

  • C.C.V. Gippsland Forest campaign.
  • letter from People for Nuclear Disarmament
  • letter from Bayside Bushwalkers Club 
Meeting closed and supper was served at 10:30 p.m.

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