BCS Inc. Supports 2 Council Candidates

MOYSEY WARD:After two terms as the councillor for Moysey Ward, having been first elected in 2000, and re-elected in 2003, Cr Ken Beadle is not standing again. We thank him for his good work during his six years representing Moysey Ward on Bayside City Council, and wish him well for the future.

For the coming Council term, Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. strongly supports the election for Moysey Ward of Robyn Browne, who is one of five
candidates standing in that ward. The retiring councillor for Moysey Ward, Cr Ken Beadle, also supports Robyn’s election for Moysey

Robyn Browne, Moysey Ward candidate

Robyn Browne has lived in Beaumaris for 33 years with her three children, now adults, who have, of course, benefited from growing up in our fine suburb. Health and fitness continue to play an important role in their lives. They all enjoy participating in, and watching sport – particularly tennis.

As a mother of young children, Robyn’s interest in environment and planning matters grew while seeking to end toxic air pollution in Beaumaris by nearby chemical industries. That was achieved by campaigns to Council, Appeals Hearings and Government Departments, culminating in significant changes to Victoria’s
Environment Protection Act.

Robyn recently helped achieve sand renourishment as the more natural solution to Sandringham’s cliff erosion, which will encourage similar outcomes around the Bay. A member of Council’s Environmental Advisory Group, she contributed to the Environmental Sustainability Policy for Bayside.

At the first Bayside City Council elections, in 1997, there were, of course, no sitting councillors in any ward. At the second elections, in 2000, there was no sitting councillor in Moysey Ward, which covers some two-thirds of Beaumaris, and no other suburb, as the first Moysey Ward councillor, Vivien Kluger, did not stand again. Cr Kluger had been strongly supported by Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc, as had Ken Beadle, who succeeded Cr Kluger as the second Moysey Ward councillor.

Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. is very grateful that candidates it supported, both Cr Kluger and Cr Beadle, both fulfilled their promise as good representatives of Moysey Ward.

EBDEN WARD: In the adjoining Ebden Ward, which includes over a quarter of Beaumaris, a member of Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc, Cr Derek Wilson, who first gained his seat on Bayside City Council by defeating the sitting councillor in 2003 by receiving 52.5% of the first preference vote, is standing for re-election. Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. strongly supports the re-election of Cr Derek Wilson, who has been an outstandingly good councillor.

Three candidates are standing in that ward, one of them being the man that Cr Wilson defeated at the previous election in 2003, Simon Russell, who was criticized by Derek Wilson on the grounds that his opposition to the inappropriate development taking place in the ward was insignificant. Simon Russell had held the seat for two terms, and before that he had been a councillor in the Central Ward of the former City of Sandringham.

Cr Derek Wilson, Ebden Ward candidate

Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. has very direct and important interests in Ebden Ward as:

  • Beaumaris makes up about a third of the residential area in Ebden Ward.
  • Most of the important Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary adjoins Ebden Ward.
  • A Beaumaris gem, the area made up of the Ricketts Point landside part of Beaumaris Beach Park together with the adjoining treed and informal Point and Coral Avenues, is entirely in Ebden Ward.
  • The Beaumaris part of Ebden Ward, which contains the Gramatan Avenue Heathland Sanctuary, Donald MacDonald Reserve, Long Hollow Reserve, and Balcombe Park Reserve, has been badly affected by over-intensive and unduly obtrusive residential development, and there had, until Cr Derek Wilson was elected in 2003, been no significant resistance to that on behalf of the Ward, within the Council.
  • Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. has, since 1970, been a Member Organization of Port Phillip Conservation Council Inc. PPCC Inc. reminds us of the larger picture – that the fate of not only Ebden Ward, but all the coastal reserve land within Bayside is greatly influenced by the priorities of Bayside Council. The coastal reserve north of South Road is 5 km from Ebden Ward’s foreshore, but Ebden’s councillor, like all Bayside councillors, influences it too. There is no Crown foreshore reserve there – it is Bayside Council freehold, so the Victorian Government has less influence in that stretch.
  • More recently, Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. has been a member of Save Our Suburbs Inc, which has been a splendid Melbourne-wide leader in the mounting concern people have over the Melbourne 2030 Plan. BCS Inc. considers that Cr Derek Wilsonhas the attitudes and abilities that we need to keep rigorously scrutinizing development proposals on our behalf.

Report on the 2005 AnnualGeneral Meeting

The 53rd Annual General Meeting of the Society was held in October 2005.

The only change in the five office-bearers elected was Fiona Austin, who was elected as Senior Vice-President, following the decision of Keith Holmes not to stand again. Keith Holmes was elected as a Zone Leader for Zone 1. The new faces on the Committee of Management were Ian Wong, Christopher Sutton, and Rodney Nash.

Members were pleased to hear Cr Ken Beadle report that the Council had just been informed that its plan to intrude into part of the Ricketts Point Landside Crown Land Reserve had not received the consent from the Minister for Environment, Hon. John Thwaites MLA, required for works on coastal Crown land under the Coastal Management Act 1995, and that therefore that threat to the Ricketts Point Landside Reserve was removed.