p1973a21

Home / p1973a21


BEAUMARIS CONSERVATION SOCIETY
ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1972-73
1.  COMMITTEE
PRESIDENT:
W.RIDLAND
VICE-PRESIDENTS:
MRS N.HOSKING,  G.GOODE
HONORARY SECRETARY
MRS M.TAYLOR
HONORARY TREASURER:
A.GILFORD
CO-OPTED MEMBERS:
MESDAMES GOWER, HUTTON, JOHNSTONE, MACDOUGALL, MEAGHER, RIDLAND AND RENDELL.
MESSRS BUNNETT, HUTTON, IGGULDEN, JOHNSTONE, LEECH, RENDELL AND TARRANT

2. AFFILIATIONS:   The Society is affiliated with
1.
Conservation Council of Victoria. The C.C.V. has a large membership of conservation groups (plus societies with conservation as one of their aims) from all over Victoria. It accepts responsibility for formulating policies and taking action on major conservation issues.
2.
Port Phillip Conservation Council. The P.P.C.C. consists of about 20 separate conservation groups based on Port Phillip and Western Port. It is mainly concerned with bayside problems but is also speaking out on problems in other areas as well.    DELEGATE   K.RENDELL
K.TARRANT is President of P.P.C.C. this year and W.RIDLAND is currently a Vice-President.

3. BEAUMARIS HEATHLAND RESERVE.
This fenced reserve between GRAMATAN and SUNSET Avenues is designed to preserve a last vestige of the Beaumaris Heathland flora. Mrs N.HOSKING, G.GOODE and W.LEECH have been a committee of management this year and working bees have been organized to prune tea tree and clear away weeds and rubbish. The reserve is held by the Society on a 7-year lease from Sandringham City Council. A new lease to run from 1973 to 1979 inclusive has been drawn up and is ready for signature. The Trustees, who hold the land on behalf of the Society, are Mrs N.HOSKING, W.LEECH and K.RENDELL.
4. LECTURES – 1973.
Mr D.CUMMING gave a valuable practical talk to members on the pruning and care of Australian trees and shrubs. A special series of 10 lectures on the growing of Australian Plants was arranged for members through the Council for Adult Education. Mrs M.JOHNSTONE was responsible for organizing the series and supervising arrangements for each lecture.
5.  SANDRINGHAM COUNCIL ELECTIONS.
Members will have noted with considerable regret that G.GOODE failed very narrowly in his bid for re-election as a SOUTH WARD Councillor. Conservationists everywhere will deplore the loss of his active for true conservation policies in local affairs and will hope that time and  opportunity will allow him to re-enter this field.
6.  CONSERVATION ISSUES.
A.  PROPOSD CAR PARK ON BEACH FRONT NEAR KEEFER’S BOAT SHED
Proposals have been made for filling in the shallow water area between the Motor Yacht Squadron and Keefer’s Boatshed. The Society is strongly opposed to any further filling in along the beach front and is determined to protect the historic fossil beds of the adjacent sea-floor. We are seeking the support of the Geological Society of Australia in the preservation of the area lying between the Beaumaris Fault Line (out at sea) and the crest of the Beaumaris Cliffs.
B.  The re-planning of Dalgetty Road may result in a barrier to through traffic being established at the State School. This should reduce traffic hazards and end any further approaches for widening the road.
C.  Royal Melbourne Golf Club continues its policy of selling off surplus land piecemeal to developers. This year a superbly forested area east of VARDON STREET was sold and has been largely cleared for building sites.
D.  The Society has asked the Port Phillip Authority to site the proposed Sea Scouts Boatshed back from the water’s edge and to restrict the area of the building to its previous area. Although the P.P.A. at first agreed with this viewpoint it acceded this year to a request for a larger building area and allowed building to the water’s edge. It will be most unfortunate if buildings are allowed to become too intrusive and restrict the right of full public access to beaches.
E.  BALCOMBE PARK remains the only reserve in Beaumaris with full public access. Last year a proposal was made through the Beaumaris R.S.L. to allow the establishment of a Bowling Club with a car-parking area on this reserve. Any proposals to allow private or public groups to despoil the area or to establish restricted areas for their own use will be strongly resisted by the numerous residents who value this reserve in its present unspoilt state. Society members will need to remain vigilant about any possible encroachment.
F.  CONSERVATION IN BEAUMARIS
Beaumaris remains fortunate in the extent of the tree cover in its streets and private gardens. Much of the value of this tree cover comes from the great preponderance of native trees and shrubs. All citizens need to be made fully aware of the importance of these native trees and shrubs in establishing the characteristic atmosphere that we enjoy. Education in this area should be accepted as a major responsibility of the Society.

W.RIDLAND     22/10/1973