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Beaumaris Conservation Society

(Formerly Beaumaris Tree Preservation Society 1953-1970)

 

 

President’s Report 1989

 

Conservation ZONING SOUGHT FOR Heathland SANCTUARY

The most important action by the Society since the AGM has been putting to Sandringham Council the proposal, for the Gramatan Avenue Heathland Sanctuary, for a change from the present Residential Zoning under the City of Sandringham Planning Scheme to a Conservation Zoning. The proposal was made in November last year. The Council. in acknowledging receipt of it, advised that a decision would be made when their Heritage and Conservation Study had been completed. The Society also wrote to the Minister for Planning and Environment informing him of our approach to the Council.

 

The study’s recommendations have now been made, and can be examined at the Council Libraries. They include the Sanctuary as one of the areas for which consideration of conservation zoning is recommended.

 

Weeding, maintenance work and Open Day at the Sanctuary has been continuing from 2-4 PM on the first Sunday of each month except January. In October it will be open at that time on each Sunday.

 

SANDRINGHAM HERITAGE AND CONSERVATION STUDY

The major Beaumaris recommendation is the proposal for the “Point Avenue Area” to be zoned an “Urban Conservation Area”. A group formed to oppose this proposal is holding a Public Meeting here at 7:30 PM tomorrow.

 

The Society supports the proposals for conservation zonings for Donald MacDonald Reserve, the Heathland Sanctuary and the Secondary College Heathland. There is no mention of vegetation management for other significant vegetation. For example, the Tramway-Martin-Dalgety-Bodley block (Council land and a little Church land) has some 170 tea trees, 15 good manna gums and several other indigenous trees.

 

Several other areas of Council land that should have been mentioned are the Community Centre Reserve and the land on the S.E. corner of Agnes Street and Reserve Road, which has 12 large tea trees and 2 manna gums. Stella Maris’s land also has many fine manna gums.

 

SANDRINGHAM COAST MANAGEMENT PLAN & BICYCLE ROAD ON FORESHORE

As the memory of the well attended August 1988 Public Meeting that opposed any bicycle roads on the foreshore has faded for some councillors, some reconsideration appeared to be being given to such a road. The Port Phillip Conservation Council is continuing its opposition to such a proposal. The PPCC has also made a useful submission on the Sandringham Coast management Plan, and is making a submission on the ministry’s wider plan, “Making the Most of the Bay”.

 

Parliamentarians & MUNICIPAL COUNCILLORS

Local State MPs, Hr Davld Lea MLA and the Hon. Geoffrey Connard MLC, have continued to be helpful. Both have inspected the Heathland Sanctuary and support our proposal for a Conservation Zoning for it. Society Office-bearers have kindly been invited to several Council functions. We congratulate South Ward Councillor, Cr John Moller, on his election as Mayor.

 

 

Geoffrey Goode

President

19th September 1989