President’s Report 1989

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Conservation
ZONING SOUGHT FOR
Heathland SANCTUARY

The
most important action by the
Society since the AGM has been putting to Sandringham Council the
proposal, for
the Gramatan Avenue Heathland Sanctuary, for a change from the present
Residential Zoning under the City of Sandringham Planning Scheme to a Conservation Zoning. The proposal was made
in
November last year. The Council. in acknowledging receipt of it,
advised that a
decision would be made when their Heritage and Conservation Study had
been
completed. The Society also wrote to the Minister for Planning and
Environment
informing him of our approach to the Council.

The
study’s recommendations have
now been made, and can be examined at the Council Libraries. They
include the
Sanctuary as one of the areas for which consideration of conservation
zoning is
recommended.

Weeding,
maintenance work and
Open Day at the Sanctuary has been continuing from 2-4 PM on the first Sunday of each month except
January. In
October it will be open at that time on each Sunday.

SANDRINGHAM HERITAGE
AND CONSERVATION STUDY

The
major Beaumaris
recommendation is the proposal for the “Point Avenue Area” to be zoned
an “Urban
Conservation Area”. A group formed to oppose this proposal is holding a
Public Meeting
here at 7:30 PM tomorrow.

The
Society supports the
proposals for conservation zonings for Donald MacDonald Reserve, the
Heathland
Sanctuary and the Secondary College Heathland. There is no mention of
vegetation management for other significant vegetation. For example,
the
Tramway-Martin-Dalgety-Bodley block (Council land and a little Church
land) has
some 170 tea trees, 15 good manna gums and several other indigenous
trees.

Several
other areas of Council
land that should have been mentioned are the Community Centre Reserve
and the
land on the S.E. corner of Agnes Street and Reserve Road, which has 12 large tea trees and 2 manna gums.
Stella Maris’s
land also has many fine manna gums.

SANDRINGHAMCOAST MANAGEMENT
PLAN &
BICYCLE ROAD ON
FORESHORE

As the
memory of the well
attended August 1988 Public Meeting that opposed any bicycle roads on
the
foreshore has faded for some councillors, some reconsideration appeared
to be
being given to such a road. The Port Phillip Conservation Council is
continuing
its opposition to such a proposal. The PPCC has also made a useful
submission
on the Sandringham Coast management Plan, and is making a submission on
the
ministry’s wider plan, “Making the Most of the Bay”.

Parliamentarians
&
MUNICIPAL COUNCILLORS

Local
State MPs, Hr Davld Lea MLA
and the Hon. Geoffrey Connard MLC, have continued to be helpful. Both
have
inspected the Heathland Sanctuary and support our proposal for a
Conservation
Zoning for it. Society Office-bearers have kindly been invited to
several
Council functions. We congratulate South Ward Councillor, Cr John
Moller, on
his election as Mayor.

Geoffrey Goode

President

19th September 1989