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Avoid cutting a 4 metre swathe for a concrete Bicycle Road in Beach Park bushland from Cromer to Charman Road!

Instead extend, to Cromer Road, Beach Road’s present 2-lane safety section from Charman Road, and use the 1 m verge and 3 m of the road surface.

 

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View from Cromer Road towards Charman Road

She-okes near Deauville Street

STAFF REPORT TO BAYSIDE CITY COUNCIL: OCTOBER 2007

 

Using part of Beach Rd Reserve: An October 2007 staff report to Council (Item 4.5 p.22) gave options for a route on or near the road reserve. Council voted unanimously to make a further approach to both VicRoads and the Minister for Roads seeking room on the road reserve for the bicycle road.

 

Extending to Cromer Rd the Beach Rd formation for the 850 m from Mundy St, Mentone, to Deauville St, Beaumaris – where the number of car lanes has been reduced from the 4 lanes elsewhere on it – by 40% (350 m) would give that room.

 

Damage to Beach Park Will Result Otherwise: The report gave two options for the Beach Park foreshore land, a key part of the 30 hectare coastal entity that has been inscribed since 1999 as the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site on the Register of the National Estate, if the road reserve option is not used. Both are very damaging:

 

·         using the 1 m grass verge and the next 3 m in would condemn 90 indigenous trees (BCS Inc. survey lists 8 very difficult sites for tree loss) and consume 2,550 m² of foreshore land or, which would be worse in the long run,

·         veering seawards into the heart of the reserve to avoid certain trees, which would permanently fragment the reserve and gut its central spine, intrude too close to the cliff brink, consume 4 m of reserve rather than 3 m, and more than double the edge effect on vegetation (litter, runoff, wind tunnels, sight line problems, and root growth damage to the concrete path).

 

HISTORY OF THIS LAST INTRACtable 850 METRES

 

Kennett Era: The decision by the then Minister for Conservation, Mark Birrell, to build a bicycle road around the Port Phillip coast, with no planning for the most environmentally difficult sections – such as this 850 metre length – led to that era’s unelected municipal commissioners dutifully and enthusiastically building the easy parts elsewhere first, thus creating a momentum to force damaging outcomes on sections like this.

 

2000: Bayside City Council’s Black Rock/Beaumaris Foreshore Master Plan Map 4 (11H) indicates preference for “missing link” of bicycle road to be on Beach Road reservation or, failing that, alongside the kerb.

 

2002: Bayside Council removed, in November, the improperly sited end section of its concrete bicycle road at Cromer Road, as it intruded near the cliff brink.

 

2003: Bayside City Council published its Bayside Bicycle Strategy 2003.

 

2005: Sixteen pink survey markers appeared along the present unpaved cliff-top walking track, which is not a route on which the link to Charman Road should be built, as bisecting the vegetated reserve would add 2 extra edges to it, and lead to pressure for great disturbance by widening, and by lighting on light poles. The alternatives would not so greatly increase the number of edges to vegetated areas. The closer to the cliff  brink the more important is the vegetation and ambience of Beach Park.

 

2006: The bitumen on Beach Road east of Cromer Road is about 1 metre wider than it is to the west. That legacy of the former councils whose boundary was Cromer Road should enable release of an extra 1 metre to reduce impact on the foreshore reserve.

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