PRESIDENT’S REPORT 1972

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PRESIDENT’S
REPORT TO THE 20TH
ANNUAL
GENERAL MEETING 
HELD AT THE BEAUMARIS
COMMUNITY CENTRE ON MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 1972
The twelve months
just ended has seen a net increase in the number of our members, but
naturally this has not kept pace with the number of projects or actions
in which we have involved ourselves let alone the number in which we
should have involved ourselves. I list the main activities of the year
as follows firstly within Beaumaris and secondly in the wider community:

WITHIN BEAUMARIS

1. Heathland
Sanctuary:
Working bees have successfully removed the effects of recent digging by
small children; repaired the damaged fence, where they entered, in a
temporary manner; eliminated pampas lily in the reserve; continued the
removal of encroaching tea tree and coastal wattle and removed rubbish
thrown in. We successfully requested Sandringham Council to paint the
wooden sign at each end of the reserve. We continue to pay 10 dollars a
year rent.

2. Banksias
near Yacht Club:
A working bee planted about 12 Banksia
integrifolia
in and near the car park after receiving Council
permission. All were dead within a month; most of them apparently
broken by the Council mower. Recently several large old Banksias here
were blown over in a storm.

3. Dalgetty
Road Re-widening:
The Committee prepared a list of the types and positions of each tree
on the east side which was to be widened with replanting of similar
species in their earlier positions having been agreed to by Council.
The widening scheme is at present under review.l

4. Pines at
Banksia Reserve:
The Committee wrote to Sandringham Council offering to provide and
plant indigenous natives either instead of or in among the Pinus radiata planted
recently  between Griffiths Street and the football oval pointing
out the unsuitability of exotic plants particularly non-flowering ones.
Our offer was not accepted.

5. Keefer’s
Boatshed:
A sub-committee has been closely watching recent alterations including
the construction of and extended concrete-pile jetty. It interviewed
one of the joint owners and obtained the exact conditions of the
construction permit from the Port Phillip Authoriity. It appears that
the work is not exceeding that permitted although the sub-committee is
continuing its work.

6. Newsletter
Publicity:
Mrs (Sue) Macdougall has provided articles, wildflower sketches and
reports of current flowering of native plants in a number of recent
issues of the ‘Beaumaris Newsletter’.

7. Balcombe
Park: A
letter from the Beaumaris R.S.L. requested Sandringham Council to
permit them to build a bowling green on Balcombe Park. It appears that
they consider that the ‘scrubby areas’ would be suitable. The matter
was deferred recently until October.

8. Foreshore
Tennis Court
opposite Burgess Street: Following a letter from the Committee,
the Minister for Lands had the Port Phillip Authority examine our
request for Council to be stopped from restoring the tennis court so
that it could be removed and replanted as bush. He found that he had
insufficient power to change Council’s decision.

9. Squash
Court at Bodley
Street and Extensions to Bowling Club there: The Committee wrote
to Council objecting to the intrusion of a squash court on the
remaining open space. The Council decided to allow the Bowling Club to
extend by removing part of a bitumen car park at the west end rather
than remove trees and lawn at the east end.

10. Port
Phillip Authority
Questionnaire: The Committee replied in full to a P.P.A. letter
seeking information on the ecology etc. of our area of coastline.

11. Notification
of M.M.B.W.
Foreshore Works: Following the unexpected major foreshore soil
and boulder depositions at the end of Hayden’s Road, the Committee
wrote to the M.M.B.W. requesting notification  of future major
works. Sandringham Council did likewise and was recently informed that
there were none proposed for Beaumaris in the next 12 months.

OUTSIDE
BEAUMARIS1.
The Committee
made a small donation to the Hampton Conservation and Planning
Association to assist with their efforts to retain the Linacre Road
trees.2.
The Committee
wrote to the Prime Minister protesting about the flooding of Lake
Pedder in Tasmania. His reply was considered unsatisfactory. A Lake
Pedder film night attracted 35 people. A surplus of 2 dollars should be
paid to the Lake Pedder Action Committee. 3.
The B.C.S.
conducted, largely with the help of Mrs Johnstone, the Photoflora 1972
Slide Night at the Black Rock Civic Hall. The Hall was filled and a
pleasing surplus accrued to our funds.
BODIES
OF WHICH WE ARE
AFFILIATES
1.Port Phillip Conservation Council.
This body receives support from us on all its important and
wide-ranging bayside issues. Members helped to organize and were in
prominent attendance at several rallies opposing the Esso Bay Pipeline.

2.
Conservation Council
of Victoria. I acted as delegate to the C.C.V. this year. The C.C.V.
contributed significantly to the M.M.B.W. conservation survey and the
Western Port conservation survey. They recently opposed the flooding of
Lake Pedder and are involved in a State-wide range of major issues. 

ISSUES
OF THE NEAR
FUTURE1. 

Keating Street. 
The Committee considers that this should not be made but instead closed
to vehicular traffic.2.
Log Barrier at Ricketts Point. 
This was rejected at last year’s Council estimates but it is hoped that
it may be adopted this year.3.B.M.Y.S. Expansion. 
The recent annual report refers to development of a marina at the
B.M.Y.S. site. This will have to be nipped in the bud very definitely.4.Sea Scout Buildings. 
The best compromise between their obvious needs and coastal
conservation should be defined. Geoffrey GoodePresident