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President’s Report to the 53rd Annual General Meeting: 2005-09-08





As usual a number of issues concerning the neighbourhood amenity of Beaumaris required the time and effort of your Committee.


Two issues worthy of comment were:


1. Location of a skate board facility in the area. Late last year we were concerned about the possible siting of this structure in the Concourse Green and, in conjunction with a group of residents, prepared a petition expressing opposition to the use of this site. In January a petition containing 1,140 signatures was submitted to Council. After much discussion, including a survey of 8,000 residents in Beaumaris and Black Rock in June 2005, Council voted on 15 August to locate it in the Beaumaris Reserve. Other potential sites at Balcombe Park and the Concourse Green were fortunately saved from having their inherent value diminished by the construction of this facility, which would be almost equal to the size of a standard building block.


2. Incursion on Beach Road landside opposite Ricketts Point Tea House-. Council has proposed creating 16 recessed car parks and associated vegetation removal for the apparent benefit of the operators of the Tea House. Friends of Ricketts Point Landside, ably headed by Sue Raverty, has spent some years creating a valuable green space by doing the actual hard work to make it what it is today. The group has correctly objected to this proposal because of the adverse impact it will have on the marvellous Banksia trees and surrounding vegetation. BCS Inc. joined with the Friends Group in objecting to Council. This small section of Beach Road is one of only three areas of coastal vegetation on the inland side of the coast road from Port Melbourne to Portsea. It must be protected and preserved on environmental grounds as opposed to commercial grounds. Traffic management issues can be adopted without this unnecessary intrusion.


Of relatively less importance but still worthy of our involvement is the draft Bayside Footpath Trading Policy 2005 due to be finalized by Council this month. Our concern was the weakening of conditions that limit some of the potential excesses in the operation of footpath trading, and relate to sound amplification outside business premises, signs on the pavement, signs on roundabouts, contrasting colours on signs for vision-impaired people, a 50% increase in width of signs, and more signs being allowed where a shop front exceeds 10 m with a maximum of 2 per premises

Other issues relate to­:


1. The location of the final leg of the cycle path from Cromer Rd to Charman Rd (KCC decision to run their path along the cliff top south of Charman Rd).

2. Council’s Bridal Creeper project on the foreshore south of Cromer Rd is welcomed by the Friends Group.

3. The replenishment of ground water at Balcombe Park and Long Hollow Reserve A new member of BCS Inc, Michael Evans, has been actively involved in this issue

4. Neighbourhood Character review is an important planning policy on which BCS Inc. has made submissions. (C48)

5. Naming and rezoning of unnamed areas of public land in Beaumaris


Perhaps a variation of the old adage “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance” could be applied to Bayside and the need for residents to be aware of the routine erosion of our valuable open green spaces for purposes not for their benefit.


I would now like to express on your behalf thanks to the outgoing Committee for their work­:


      • Keith Holmes for preparing submissions on planning issues.
      • Fiona Austin for her involvement in heritage and neighbourhood character issues
      • Geoffrey Goode for his work as Treasurer and master letter writer on our behalf
      • Ken Rendell for work on vegetation issues and his involvement with Long Hollow Reserve.
      • Ron Morris in his capacity as Secretary and minute taker extraordinaire.
      • Ted Pearce for his constant input when tasks need to be done, especially with the preparation of the Bulletin, and together with Diana, allowing the Committee to meet at their home.
      • Ingrid Ashford, Josie Cerbasi, Patricia Glazier for their contributions especially at Committee meetings.


Finally, Council elections will take place this year by means of a postal ballot, which will be mailed to residents about 8 to 10 November with Friday, 25 November, being the last day to have your vote in the hands of the Returning Officer.


Adrian Cerbasi


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