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|BCS Inc. opposes Beaumaris
Motor Yacht Squadron Ltd’s plan for a huge
private marina in
Beaumaris Bay. It is totally inconsistent
with why Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site was on the
the National Estate. The site and nearby sea are zoned
Public Park and
Recreation. The Fossil Site on the
shore and seabed is of international
scientific importance. It has Bayside
Planning Scheme’s only Environmental
BMYS Ltd’s plan – to erect 550 metres of high sea walls to privatize an area that is presently public sea; to build an 88-metre long boat storage shed against the Beaumaris Cliff, and as high as it; and to monopolize 4.8 times the company’s present area – has totally unacceptable environmental effects, so please take one or more of the actions BCS Inc. suggests here.
various times, of the Beaumaris Bay Fossil
Site at the centre of Melways
Click here to see the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site at dawn. Click here for zoomable high resolution views of Beaumaris Bay.
|SEE BELOW BEAUMARIS BAY’S STORY
– FROM ITS
PRESENT PERIL BACK TO TOM ROBERTS’S FAMOUS
WEBSITE STATEMENT: A BMYS
Ltd. ‘fact sheet’ issued in March 2017
indicates that :
FOR AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL HERITAGE LIST:
The Australian Heritage Database now includes the application for National Heritage Listing lodged by the consortium below.
TOOTH AT BEAUMARIS: Museum
Victoria confirms Beaumaris as the site of
whale tooth find.
IN VNPA MAGAZINE: The threat
to Beaumaris Bay is reported in Victorian
National Parks Association’s March Park Watch.
WEBSITE NEWS: A BMYS Ltd. ‘fact
sheet’ confirms Blairgowrie-like
3.5 m high concrete ‘wave-screens’ instead of rock
ASKS MINISTER TO NOT RENEW BMYS LTD LEASE: The Greens MLC
for Southern Metropolitan Region, Sue Pennicuik, has
in Parliament, for the Environment Minister to
not renew Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron Ltd’s lease
when it expires in 2018.
OF BEAUMARIS BAY FOR AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL HERITAGE
A consortium consisting of palaeontologists, geological experts and community groups – one of which is Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. – in February 2016 nominated Beaumaris Bay, but not including the area leased by BMYS Ltd, for Australia’s National Heritage List.
|ABC1 TV NEWS:
See news video
and a partial transcript
of palaeontologist John Long and the BMYS Ltd
Commodore on the impact of the 2008 proposal for a private marina – not a
public marina as stated. The transcript omits the
Commodore’s prediction that, “when it is done,
people will see the benefits in it, and I think it
will be well accepted in the area”. That
prediction overlooks the wider community’s dislike
of the existing marina’s impact, which became a fait
accompli 54 years ago – in the Bolte era.
That dislike is larger for the much larger threat to
Beaumaris Bay, but it would be too late to reverse a
2nd fait accompli after it was built, so
Beaumaris Bay should be saved from its impact.
|ARTICLE IN THE
CONVERSATION: Professor John
Long of Flinders University, SA, has a fine article
Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site.
OF JUST ONE 20-METRE POWER BOAT: Click here to see the
visual impact of just one 20 m boat in Beaumaris
BEAUMARIS: An excellent downloadable publication
here – courtesy of Museum
Victoria, and the Sandringham
Foreshore Association – has fine photos of
Beaumaris fossils with their names and description.
THAT ATE THE POWERBOATS”: The Public
Land Consultancy’s analysis of the
marina controversy and the law
|FOSSIL EVENT: Over 1,000 people attended Professor Tim Flannery and others’ talks in February 2015, well reported by Wild Melbourne.|
|ARTICLE ON EVE OF FOSSIL EVENT: The Age on Friday had an
illustrated article on the Fossil Site before
the Fossil Event above.
|CHANNEL 7 NEWS ITEM ON MARINA
Hitchener reported on the BMYS Ltd marina
controversy for Beaumaris Bay.
|NEW WEBSITE OPPOSES MARINA PLAN:
The website nobeaumarismarina.com
campaigns strongly against the Beaumaris marina.
|STATEMENT BY U.S. PALAEONTOLOGY
SOCIETY: The Paleontological
Society supports protection
of the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site.
|PROFESSOR JOHN LONG’S LETTER: President of Society of
Vertebrate Paleontology writes
about threat to Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site
|ROYAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA SUPPORT
FOR FOSSIL SITE PROTECTION: A significant
position statement by this long-established
scientific society highlights the need for Victorian
Govenment protection of the internationally
important Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site.
|BMYS LTD. WEBSITE NEWS: The company revealed its
February 2015 news on its “safe harbour”. Or
would it be an “unsafe harbour”?.
|NEIGHBOURING GROUPS SUPPORT FOSSIL SITE: The Bayside Leader reports on support that neighbouring conservation groups, from Sandringham to Mordialloc, are giving to Museum Victoria in its longstanding work to stress the site’s international importance.|
|5 MILLION-YEAR-OLD SEA TURTLE
of the discovery of this
significant fossil at the Beaumaris
|BMYS LTD. NEWS ON ITS WEBSITE: The company published its November 2014 news
on its marina proposal revising its September
2014 news on the proposal. Its November
2014 news includes a hyperlink to a ministry website
that has a BMYS Ltd document with a superseded date
for an “Open Day” for “stakeholders”, but no time
appears, and emails seeking times go unanswered. The
company eventually held an Open Day on 01 February
|BMYS LTD. DEFENDS
ITS MARINA PLAN: The Age reports
on the growing major controversy over the
future of Beaumaris Bay.
PETITION TO SAVE BEAUMARIS BAY FROM A MARINA: Consider signing
the petition, and perhaps comment also.
|MARINA OPPOSED: A Bayside
Leader article reports on BCS
Inc’s opposition to the marina threat to Beaumaris
enigmatic statement that the BMYS Ltd. marina
application was ‘currently on hold’ appeared
on Victoria’s Planning Ministry website until the
second half of 2014. when it changed to read, ‘Environment
Effects Statement is being prepared’.
website statement of
1 May 2014 updating the immediately preceding statement of 1 September
2012 on work so far, and its revised expectation
that public comment on EES will be sought in late
|Discovery of an important ancient seal fossil humerus next to BMYS Ltd. site reported in The Age (28 December, P. 5)|
Report and Final
Report on Impact assessment of BMYS Ltd’s
marina proposal by the Guest
Speaker at BCS Inc’s 2013 AGM
|Result of BMYS
Ltd’s 2013 postal ballot on proceeding with its
marina plan was – with only 67% of the 665
members actually voting – a 69% YES vote. That
percentage of members voting YES was barely 46% of
the squadron’s 665 members, 54% of whom
did not vote YES. 21% voted NO. 33%
failed to vote. The YES percentage was 8% lower
than it was in the 2008 postal ballot
on that same question.
CASE RE MARINA: BMYS Ltd’s 2013 members’
postal ballot again
had a ‘YES’ case only. For fairness, see BCS Inc’s ‘NO’ case.
Conservation League Inc’s
nomination for the National
Heritage List of Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site,
whose details already appear on the Australian
Heritage Database, as it was inscribed on the
former Register of the National Estate
|BMYS Ltd’s website statement of 1 September 2012 on work so far, and expectation that public comment on EES to be in late 2013.|
Government’s 2012 written
response to Recommendations E and E4 of the
Victorian Environment Assessment Council’s 2011 Final Report below
by supporting (Page
18) those recommendations, to establish a “Beaumaris
Cliffs Geological and Geomorphological Features
Reserve”, but going further by including the terrestrial
Beaumaris fossil beds from Charman Road to Table
Rock Point, which is more than double the area the VEAC
recommended. The VEAC’s final report cited
the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site as Melbourne’s only
Geological Site of International Significance, but
it did not include marine areas in its
|Legal force ceased to apply, from February 2012, for all National Estate registrations, including the Beaumaris Fossil Site, following earlier changes to the legislation that had established the Register of the National Estate.|
|Victorian Environment Assessment Council’s Final Report on its Melbourne Metropolitan Public Land Investigation cites the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site as Melbourne’s only Geological Site of International Significance. Its Recommendation E4 (see Pages 87 and 88) is a 3-hectare “Beaumaris Cliffs Geological and Geomorphological Features Area” between Charman Road and Hutchison Avenue, from low tide mark to the edge of Beach Road. Pages 29 and 30 of a 2009 report to VEAC detail 3 Beaumaris sites.|
Leaflet BCS Inc. distributed in May 2011 to Beaumaris residences warning of the application for a marina in Beaumaris Bay
Statement on BMYS
Ltd website about the club’s marina
proposal, which it euphemistically calls a “Safe”
|Planning Minister’s Final BMYS Marina Scoping Document & Community & Stakeholder Consultation Plan on 2011-02-01|
|Beaumaris Bay Site in VEAC Melbourne study: Melbourne’s only Geological site of International significance – App.2 [P.169]|
|Opposition to BMYS Ltd marina bid featured in the Bayside Leader newspaper of 2010-10-26|
|BMYS LTD MARINA SCOPING DOCUMENT: DPCD sought public comment on this document. See the BCS Inc. submission.|
|CEO’s answer to Question 6(b) in Bayside City Council meeting exposed erroneous claim by BMYS Ltd re its plan|
|BMYS LTD SUBMISSIONS on public exhibition by Planning Ministry re Environment Effects Statement for BMYS marina|
Geological report to Victorian
Environment Assessment Council details 3 Beaumaris
Bay fossil sites (see Pages 29 & 30).
and more Bay filling on the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site,
and more works sought by Beaumaris Motor
Yacht Squadron Ltd on its
leased, filled site, but
BCS Inc. opposes such intrusion into Beaumaris Bay, as
shown in a the Bayside Leader’s front page report on
See the 2008 brochure
detailing the private marina proposal and its funding.
BMYS Ltd’s postal ballot of its members in June 2008 to proceed with the Board’s marina application was accompanied by a statement of the Commodore’s case in favour. The Board refused to let the many members opposed to the application proceeding have circulated with the ballot papers a case against the Board’s plan. The result of the ballot was a YES vote of just over 75% of those voting.
|2007 article in Powerboat World magazine entited, “Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron looks to future” gave a forewarning of the company’s ambitions for, and attitude to, Beaumaris Bay.|
|A coup resulted in letting the excavator in the photo above permanently deface the Beaumaris cliff rather than cordoning off a safe zone below for inevitable odd rock falls.|
|Dr Tim Flannery’s book, The Birth of Melbourne, refers on Pages 4 and 20 to the internationally significant Beaumaris fossil beds.|
|The Action 11K of Bayside City Council’s 2001 Black Rock – Beaumaris Foreshore Master Plan gives as a Priority 1 “Re-inforce and encourage public access to the area surrounding the BMYS compound and associated jetty” – which has never been implemented – contrasts with the forbidding sign next to a needless BMYS gate. The Plan has been removed from Council’s website.|
|The inscription of the Foreshore Reserve and the seabed out to 250 metres on the Register of the National Estate as the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site (Identifier 18053), at the nomination of the local authority for the area, Bayside City Council|
of the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site and the BMYS Ltd.
leased land is PPRZ
(Public Park & Recreation Zone) with Schedule 1
to the Environmental
Significance Overlay ‘Beaumaris
Bay Fossil Site’ and Schedule 1
to Vegetation Protection Overlay ‘Coastal Areas’. ESO
Schedule 1 cites the fossil of the extinct penguin
species Pseudaptenodytes macraei,
named after its finder, Colin Macrae,
the second President of BCS. It refers to the many
fossils of the echinoid Lovenia. Barnacles
are another invertebrate fossil here. This
Environmental Significance Overlay is the only ESO in
the City of Bayside.
|Geological map showing the Beaumaris Monocline, which continues in
the same direction straight inland, via the
intersections of Warrigal and Centre Dandenong Roads,
Cheltenham, and Clayton and Centre Roads, Clayton,
extending to its end near the top of Wheelers Hill,
which is close to and at right angles to, the Wheelers
Hill fault at Dandenong Creek, at the foot of Wheelers
Hill. The second page, from the Atlas of Victoria
1982, shows the 1891 population distribution
and municipal boundaries in
|Entries at Victorian Resources Online and Google on Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site, Google entries on Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron Ltd. and the Wikimapia view|
|Aerial photographs of the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site from its SW limit of Sparks Street to its NE limit of Cliff Grove|
|Bay Filling at the Beaumaris Motor
Yacht Squadron Ltd.
|BMYS Ltd. lease of seabed site under Section 134 of Victoria’s Land Act 1958, for 21 years from 1997-07-01 to 2018-06-30, replaced the first (1981-2002) lease. Rent for the current lease began in 1997 at $13,000 per year. Also see the lease as Pages 1-34 and Pages 35-50.|
| The Hon. Mark
Birrell MLC gave his second reading speech in
the debate on a Bill on 1994-05-29, on Page 973
of the Legislative Council Hansard, which was
resumed the next day (see Pages 1094-1101).
in relation to Clause
15 of the Bill,
the history of the
tenure of the BMYS Ltd site. That was followed,
after an amendment the next day by Hon.
Barry Pullen MLC, which was lost on party
lines, and an enlightening contribution by Hon.
Geoffrey Connard MLC, a local member, by an Act of Parliament that
altered the Reserve below.
Section 15 of that Act altered the reservation as a Permanent Public Recreation Reserve made by a 1906 Order-in-Council that had extended the Moorabbin Beach Park here, to reduce the Reserve’s area by 2,000 square metres ostensibly to redress the original impropriety of leasing that part to BMYS Ltd. A BCS letter explained why it opposed that cheap, one-sided expediency by the Government and Parliament.
|Map by Museum of Victoria showing the area of seabed of the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site and the undersea Beaumaris monocline, and photograph of a sea urchin (echinoderm) fossil of the genus, Lovenia, which genus provides the most common fossil at Beaumaris|
|Victorian Government website article on BMYS Ltd. fossil site based on work by Dr Neville Rosengren|
|Paper on Significant Geological Features along the Coast in the City of Sandringham (R.L. King, R.M. Cochrane and A.M. Cooney) by Geological Society of Australia|
|Letter sought Government
consent to fill 6,000 square
metres more of
Wording in Lease of the
Seabed by the
Crown to BMYS Co-op. Ltd. that requires RED AREAS to be
kept open at all times to full public access on
|Official Government Ground Plan of the BMYS Co-op. Ltd. 21-year lease: RED AREAS must stay open at all times to full public access on foot.|
|Fossil barnacles reported in “Fossil barnacles (Cirripedia: Thoracica) of New Zealand and Australia”, Buckeridge J S.|
|Excerpts from the proposed Lease of Seabed by the Crown to BMYS Co-op. Ltd. This first lease of this hectare of Beaumaris waterfront land, for 21 years, at $500 per year ($9.60 per week) for the first 5 years, began on 1st July 1981, and superseded the permissive occupancy that began in 1960. The lease was replaced in 1997, five years before its expiry, by the current lease.|
|Hansard on proposed 21-year lease to BMYS to supersede its permissive occupancy.|
|Paper, by Professor George Gaylord Simpson, Professor of Paleontology at Harvard University, in National Museum of Victoria Memoirs, on the Miocene penguin fossil found by Colin Macrae. Named Pseudaptenodytes macraei after Mr Macrae.|
|Letter from Prof. George Gaylord Simpson, Professor of Paleontology at Harvard University, on the scientific importance of the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site, Paper on an Upper Miocene Albatross fossil, and a paper on a Zygomaturus gilli fossil, each found at the Beaumaris site, in National Museum of Victoria Memoirs1965: Late Miocene fossil found at Beaumaris cliff by Colin Macrae – New Record of a Fossil Penguin in Australia – Simpson G. G, 1965. Proc. Roy. Soc. Vict. 79: 91-931964|
|In the late
1960s, the then operator of the St Kilda Marina sought
permission from the then Mordialloc
City Council to build a large
marina at the head of Beaumaris Bay, just below
the end of Charman Road, but were, after a strong
campaign by the Mordialloc-Beaumaris
Conservation League, refused that permission.
|A black and white photograph of the BMYS Co-op. Ltd. clubhouse. The photograph’s top right shows the tip of the former Keefer’s boat shed jetty. At about this time, a low resolution monochrome aerial photograph shows the wider scene around the BMYS site..|
|Framework of the BMYS Co-op. Ltd. clubhouse being erected on its permissive occupancy filled seabed, with the then Keefers boatshed in background at right. The history of the BMYS tenure was recited in Parliament later (see 1994 above).|
|Annual Report to Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron Co-op Ltd. by its second Commodore, Sir Lawrence Wackett|
|A colour photograph of the creation of the filled car park and BMYS clubhouse site.|
|Report in The Age newspaper of alleged
unauthorized removal of
foreshore vegetation by Beaumaris Motor Yacht
Squadron Co-op. Ltd. and – contrary to the headline –
the intention of the Sandringham City Council to
prosecute BMYS for that removal.
|A black and white photograph of the Crown land and seabed that Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron Co-op Ltd. gained permissive occupancy of, and later filled, and then leased, from 1981.|
|BMYS began in February 1959, became Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron Co-op Ltd. on 1960-01-28, and changed to a company limited by guarantee on 2004-12-23. See a crass local newspaper report “Beaumaris Foreshore to get £65,000 Facelift” on the BMYS proposal, which was for mooring 200 boats and a 250 feet (75 metres) long dinghy shed. No boat storage nor the shed ever eventuated, but 56 years later, in 2015, BMYS was again seeking a permit to store 200 boats, and to build an 88-metre long shed alongside the Beaumaris Cliff.|
|Edmund Gill’s paper, in National Museum of Victoria Memoir No. 21, on the Stratigraphical Occurrence and Palaeoecology of some Australian Tertiary Marsupials, refers to the Beaumaris Cliff fossil site from Page 165 onwards.|
|A 1951 Lands
photograph of Beaumaris, as a 16 MB zoomable
PDF, shows the pattern of water depths and coastline
at what is now the site of Beaumaris Motor Yacht
Squadron Ltd’s lease before the cliff, shore and
nearby seabed were greatly modified.
|A 1950 postcard
view – unfortunately at high tide – of the site
of the BMYS Ltd. lease before it was granted.
|A 1915 postcard view – fortunately at low tide – of the site of the BMYS Ltd. lease before it was granted.|
|A 1910 postcard view at low tide, and a 1910 postcard view at high tide – of the site of the BMYS Ltd. lease before it was granted.|
|A 1909 photograph of the Beaumaris Sea Baths, at high tide, formerly on part of the site since leased by Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron Ltd. showing the cliff a short distance north-east of the former Keefer’s boat shed, which was first granted its licence for a jetty in 1905. The cliff where the current access road to the BMYS Ltd. site was created is shown intact in this early photograph.|
Tom Roberts’s famous painting ‘Slumbering Sea, Mentone’, with the present site of the filled seabed leased to BMYS Ltd. in the foreground