Campaign 2008A: Saving Beaumaris Bay from a Huge Marina
Campaign 2008A: Saving Beaumaris Bay from a Huge
Marina
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the bibliography of site references, a photograph to enlarge it, or a blue hyperlink of
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EES  Status  Movement    Actions to
take
    DETAILS:     2010-19    2000-09     1990-99     1980-89     1970-79    1960-69   1887-59
KEEP BEAUMARIS BAY’S BLUE SEA AND RED-BROWN
CLIFFS FREE FOR EVERY
ONE.
      YES

ERECT HIGH SEA WALLS TO PRIVATIZE PUBLIC
SEA & STORE 200 POWER BOATS ON IT &
TO TOP OF CLIFF?
  NO

 

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 Register of
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
Significance Overlay
.

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
.

Tom Roberts’s 1887
painting
of

Beaumaris

Bay
at the BMYS Ltd site below

Excavator hired by BMYS Ltd to shave off protruding strata from Cliff in 2005
Views

above, at
various times
, of the Beaumaris Bay Fossil
Site at the centre of Melways Reference 86F8.

Click here to see the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site at dawn. Click here for zoomable high resolution views of Beaumaris Bay.

Click on
a photo above to enlarge it. Click here for a bibliography of the
Beaumaris Fossil Site. Clickhere for Wikimapia view of

Beaumaris

Bay.

SEE BELOW BEAUMARIS BAY’S STORY
– FROM
ITS
PRESENT PERI
L BACK TO TOM ROBERTS’S FAMOUS
1887 PAINTING
2017:
BMYS LTD.
WEBSITE STATEMENT:
A BMYS
Ltd. ‘fact sheet’
issued in March 2017
indicates that :

    • The Environment Effects
      Statement for the company’s proposed marina in
      Beaumaris Bay
  • is
    expected to be forwarded to the Minister
    of Planning for consideration by June
    2017
    following which the Ministerwould put it on public exhibition.
  • At the end of the
    public exhibition period, the Minister for
    Planning will appoint an independent Inquiry to
    consider the effects of BMYS Ltd’s marina
    proposal, having regard to the EES and public
    submissions.
  • The Inquiry is
    expected to conduct formal public hearings from mid-2017 at which BMYS Ltd and people and organizations
    that have made submissions can make presentations.
  • Following receipt of
    the Inquiry’s report, the Minister will prepare an
    assessment of the environmental effects of the
    proposed project and provide this to relevant
    decision makers.
2016:
NOMINATION FOR AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL HERITAGE LIST:
The Australian Heritage Database now includes the applicationfor National Heritage Listing lodged by the
consortium below.
GIANT WHALE
TOOTH AT BEAUMARIS:
Museum
Victoria confirms Beaumaris as the site of
Australia’s largest-everwhale tooth find.
ARTICLE IN VNPA MAGAZINE: The threat

to Beaumaris Bay is reported in Victorian
National Parks Association’s March Park Watch.

BMYS LTD.
WEBSITE NEWS:
A BMYS Ltd. ‘fact
sheet’
confirms Blairgowrie-like 3.5 m high concrete ‘wave-screens’ instead of rock
walls.
MLC ASKS MINISTER TO NOT RENEW BMYS LTD LEASE: The Greens MLC
for Southern Metropolitan Region, Sue Pennicuik, has asked,in Parliament, for the Environment Minister to
not renew Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron Ltd’s lease
when it expires in 2018.
NOMINATION OF BEAUMARIS BAY FOR AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL HERITAGE
LIST:

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’sNational Heritage List.
2015: 
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 faitaccompli 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
on the

Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site.

VISUAL IMPACT
OF JUST ONE 20-METRE POWER BOAT:
Click here to see the
visual impact of just one 20 m boat in Beaumaris
Bay.
FOSSILS OF
BEAUMARIS:
An excellent downloadable publicationhere – courtesy of MuseumVictoria, and the SandringhamForeshore Association

– has fine photos of
Beaumaris fossils with their names and description.

“THE CROCODILE
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
PROPOSAL:
PeterHitchener 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 protectionof the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site.
PROFESSOR JOHN LONG’S LETTER: President of Society of
Vertebrate Paleontology writesabout threat to Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site
ROYAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA SUPPORT
FOR FOSSIL SITE PROTECTION:
A significantposition 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”?.
2014:
NEIGHBOURING GROUPS SUPPORT
FOSSIL SITE:
The Bayside Leader reportson support that neighbouring conservation
groups, from Sandringham to Mordialloc, are
giving to MuseumVictoriain its longstanding
work
to stress the site’s international
importance.
5 MILLION-YEAR-OLD SEA TURTLE
FOSSIL:
Readof the discovery of thissignificant fossilat the Beaumaris
Fossil site.
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 November2014 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
2015. 
BMYS LTD. DEFENDS
ITS MARINA PLAN:
The Age reportson the growing major controversy over the
future of Beaumaris Bay.
ONLINE 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
Bay.

The
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, ‘EnvironmentEffects Statement is being prepared’.
BMYS Ltd’s 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
2014.
2013:
Discovery of an important

ancient seal fossil humerus next to BMYS Ltd.
site reported in The Age (28 December, P. 5)

Interim
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
.
A ‘NO’
CASE RE MARINA:
BMYS Ltd’s 2013 members’
postal ballot again had a ‘YES’ case only. For fairness, see BCS Inc’s ‘NO’ case.
Acknowledgement of Mordialloc-Beaumaris 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

2012:
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.
Victorian 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
specific recommendations.

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.
2011:
Victorian
Environment Assessment Council’s FinalReport 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”
Harbour
Planning
Minister’s Final BMYS Marina
Scoping Document & Community & Stakeholder
Consultation Plan
on 2011-02-01
2010:
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.
2009:
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).
2008:
Marina 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 2008-06-02.
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:
 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.

2005:
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.
2002:

 

Dr
Tim Flannery’s book, The Birth of Melbourne,
refers on Pages 4 and 20 to the internationally
significant Beaumaris fossil beds.
2001:
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.
1999: 
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
Bayside Planning
Scheme: Zoning 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
‘BeaumarisBay 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 inMelbourne and
environs.
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
1998: 
Bay Filling at the Beaumaris Motor
Yacht  Squadron Ltd.
site (opposite3 Beach Rd.)
& February 1999
aerial photograph
of the BMYS Ltd.
filled leased site
1997:
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.
1994:
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).
He recited, 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

Actaltered
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
by2,000 square metres ostensibly to redress the original impropriety of
leasing that part to BMYS Ltd.  A BCS letter explained why itopposed that cheap, one-sided expediency by the Government
and Parliament.

1992:
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
1988:
Victorian Government website article on BMYS Ltd. fossil site based on work by Dr
Neville Rosengren
1986:
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
1985:
 Letter sought Government
consent
to fill 6,000 square
metres more ofBeaumarisBay to
extend north-east end of the BMYS Ltd. area. The

fill occurred in 1998.

Wording in Lease of the
Seabed
by the
Crown to BMYS Co-op. Ltd. that requiresRED AREAS to be
kept open at all times to full public access on
foot:
No
public notice there tells the public that.
Instead, a questionable gate – usually unlocked –
exists across the access path, near thecontroversial notice pictured

above.

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.
1983: 
Fossil barnacles reported
in “Fossil barnacles (Cirripedia: Thoracica) of New
Zealand and Australia”, Buckeridge J S.
1981:
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 permissiveoccupancy thatbegan in 1960. The lease was replaced in 1997, five
years before its expiry, by the current lease.
1978:
Hansard on proposed 21-year lease to BMYS to supersede
its permissiveoccupancy.
1970:
Paper, by
Professor George Gaylord Simpson, Professor of Paleontology at Harvard
University, in National Museum of Victoria Memoirs,
on the Miocene penguin fossil found byColin Macrae. Named Pseudaptenodytes macraei after Mr
Macrae.
1969: 
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 MacraeNew 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 MordiallocCity 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-BeaumarisConservation League, refused that permission.
1964:
A black and white photograph of the BMYS Co-op.
Ltd. clubhouse. The photograph’s top right shows the
tip of the former Keefer’sboat shed jetty. At about this time, a low
resolution monochrome aerial photograph shows
the wider scene around the BMYS site..
1963:
Framework
of the BMYS Co-op. Ltd. clubhouse being
erected
on its permissiveoccupancyfilled
seabed, with the then Keefers boatshed in background at right. The history of the
BMYS tenure was recited in Parliament later (see 1994 above).
1962:
Annual Report to Beaumaris Motor
Yacht Squadron Co-op Ltd. by its second Commodore, Sir Lawrence Wackett
1961:
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.
1960:
A black and white photograph of the Crown land and seabed that Beaumaris Motor
Yacht Squadron Co-op Ltd. gained permissiveoccupancy of, and later filled, and then leased, from
1981.
1959:
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 newspaperreport “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.
1955: 
 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.
1951:
A 1951 Lands
Department aerialphotograph 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.
1950:
A 1950 postcard

view – unfortunately at high tide – of the site
of the BMYS Ltd. lease before it was granted.

1915:
A 1915 postcard

view – fortunately
at low tide – of the site of the BMYS Ltd. lease
before it was granted.

1910:
A 1910 postcard view at low
tide, and a 1910postcard view at high tide – of the site of the
BMYS Ltd. lease before it was granted.
1909:
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 itslicence 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.
1887:
Tom
Roberts’s famous painting ‘Slumbering Sea, Mentone’,
with the present site of
the filled seabed leased to BMYS Ltd. in
the foreground

Link to
the Port Phillip Conservation Council Inc. – BCS Inc. has
been a Member Organization of it since 1970

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