All you need to know about the VPO

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All you need to know about the VPO

All you need to know about the VPO

BCS event to focus on saving our trees

The poignant ‘BEAU-MARIS OR BARE-MARIS?’ pamphlet was produced by the BCS back in 1953. Sixty-five years later and the message is more important today than ever before.

Beaumaris and Black Rock are unique in that a Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO) was instigated by Bayside Council to preserve our indigenous and native vegetation. But sadly, it’s all too often ignored, misunderstood or objected to at Council and VCAT. By 2023, Bayside will have lost half its trees, with Black Rock & Beaumaris copping the brunt.

We live in one of the most ecologically diverse and treed suburbs in Melbourne, yet we’re constantly losing large, established trees unnecessarily and thus losing habitat for our birds and animals. But contrary to some people’s beliefs, a tree-filled yard can dramatically increase the value of your home. You CAN build a beautiful new home without removing trees and a well-greened suburb makes for healthier, happier and more contented residents.

Join us at the Beaumaris Secondary College, Thursday October 11th from 6.30pm, where our wonderful MC, SEAN DOOLEY will entertain and introduce our panel of eight diverse speakers.

Light refreshments will be available. And we will wrap up around 9.30pm.

Our speakers:
GREG MIER – President, BCS
SALLY WILLIAMS – TV presenter & sustainability advocate
DAVID CALLOW – Team Leader, Urban Forest & Ecology, City of Melbourne
CHRISTINE HENDERSON – Director, Hodges Beaumaris
ROBERT HARWOOD – Director, My Architect
PAUL WEIR – Retired Real Estate Agent
HAMISH REID – Director, City Planning & Community Services, Bayside City Council
IMOGEN MILLER – Beaumaris Yoga Practioner
CAROLINE LAWTON – Local Interior Designer

Tickets are free but capacity is limited.
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We hope to see you there!
BCS Committee

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