President’s Report 1986

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THREAT T0 THE BEAUMARIS CLIFF &
THE ADJACENT SEABED

In early 1986 the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron and the nearby
owners of the ”Keefer’s boatshed” operation were each asking the
Victorian Government to approve their expansion plans. These included
filling over seabed in front of and right up to the Cliff. BCS’s campaign to save the renowned, fossil-rich
scenic Cliff proved successful when the Planning & Environment
Minister, Hon. James Kennan MLC, declined
to approve the proposal because of the importance of the Cliff and the
sea beside it. Application to the Australian Heritage Commission for
inclusion of the Cliff on the Register of the National Estate is
underway.

BICYCLE TRACK ON THE FORESHORE GRASS
VERGE ALONG
BEACH ROAD

This proposal was mentioned in last
year’s President’s Report. At our request, the Port Phillip
Conservation Council wrote to the Sandringham
Council Engineer giving reasons why there should be no further
reduction in the vegetated area between Beach
Road and the sea. We have heard no more of
the proposal.

HEATHLAND

Maintenance of the Gramatan Avenue Heathland
Sanctuary has continued even though a disappointingly small number of
BCS members have been attending. Sandringham
Council assisted us by sawing off a number of old, dead tea tree stumps
that were unsightly. By next year our emphasis should change to the
scrupulous removal of low weeds and possibly the defining of pathways
so that scheduled visits can be promoted.

Our Honorary Secretary, Mr Ken Rendell, has kept the BCS Committee
informed on the progress of the High School Heathland
Area.

SANDRINGHAM COUNCIL

As instructed by the 1985 Annual
General meeting, the Committee wrote to the Local Government Minister
opposing proposals to amalgamate the City of Sandringham with others.
Nevertheless the Society sees advantages in including the whole of Beaumaris within the City of Sandringham.

Parliamentarians

Al1 the local State MPs; Mr David Lea MLA, Hon. Geoffrey Connard MLC and Hon. Robert Lawson MLC; have
been helpful to us. We have not had occasion to approach the Federal
MHR, Mr David Charles, or any of the
twelve Victorian senators.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership numbers have remained
stable but are still too low. Extra members should be sought by
existing members inviting people to join. We continue to be a member
body of

(i) Port Phillip Conservation
Council
,

(ii) Conservation Council of Victoria
and

(iii) Australian Conservation Foundation.

Geoffrey Goode

President

10th September 1986