NEWSLETTER – July 2018

 


 

Dear Members

 

I hope this Newsletter finds you all in good health. Thank you for your continuing support of the Nepean Rate payers Association.

 

Annual General Meeting

 

Our Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 20 May.

 

The following members were elected to the Committee for 2018:

Christine Granger                      Graeme Hill                                          Colin Watson

Chris Quin                                Bruce Harding                                      Colin Giles

Jill Sands                                    Lino Tarquinio                                    Michael Batchelor

 

Retiring Committee Members

 

Three previous committee members did not seek re-election: Beth Cowling, Sue Leeming and Rae Riley.

 

Beth Cowling was on the Committee for 6 years and during that time represented the Committee on the New Year’s Eve Community Committee and monitored adherence to vegetation plans for new developments.

 

Sue Leeming was on the Committee for more than 10 years. During that time she had significant input into the Portsea and Sorrento Streetscape Master Plans and provided horticultural expertise to the Committee. She has lobbied hard for proper care and maintenance of parks and gardens particularly Newtons Reserve in Portsea.

 

Rae Riley was on the Committee for more than 30 years and during that time has served as President and Secretary and been on numerous sub-committees. She has been very influential with the Council ensuring that community interests and concerns were addressed, particularly with planning and development.

 

Between them, these three have contributed more than 50 years to serving the community and their expertise and commitment will be missed by the Committee.

 

Tourism on the Peninsula

Ms Tracey Cook, Chair Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourist Board Tracey provided a very interesting presentation highlighting research that is currently being undertaken to understand who the visitors to the Peninsula are, why they come, how long they stay, where they go when they are here and how they move around.

 

The Board aims to use this information to provide better advice to Tourism Victoria for marketing the Peninsula as a tourist destination; and to MPS to assist with managing resources to deal with high volumes of visitors at certain times of the year. The Board is focused on being responsive to the tourism market, creating jobs, developing the right policies and frameworks and protecting the peninsula.

 

Some interesting facts and ideas that Tracey shared include:

  • The Mornington peninsula has 7 million visitors per year.
  • 98% of the visitors come from Melbourne
  • 66% of visitors stay at least one night in the Southern Peninsula
  • 41% of visitors are ratepayers (staying in their holiday homes) or those visiting ratepayers.
  • The Peninsula is currently being marketed as a beach destination, encouraging visitors in the Summer. The Peninsula doesn’t need any more visitors in the summer. The marketing needs to change to focus on the other things the Peninsula has to offer.
  • The Summer period needs to be treated like an event, to better manage traffic flow.
  • Visitors are dependent on cars to get around – causing congestion during the summer.

Waste Management

Cr Hugh Fraser addressed the meeting and provided an update on waste management. Points raised included:

  • The Mornington Peninsula Shire creates 33,000 tonnes of waste per year.
  • This is part of a broader Melbourne problem that will require collective State government and Council decision making to resolve and is likely to lead to the creation of waste to energy facilities.
  • The Rye landfill will close.
  • The State Government does have funds available – the Landfill Fund is now the Sustainability Fund and all councils contribute to this through levies and taxes. This fund can be used to establish waste to energy facilities. There needs to be political will, the right economical push and collective decision making by councils.
  • MPS does not have a problem with recyclable at present. The contractor responsible for recycling does not rely on marketing recyclable waste to China.

 

Other Important Stuff that needs our attention

 

Draft Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge Management Plan 2018

Following an initial round of community consultation, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has now developed the draft Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge Management Plan 2018.

 

The Plan is now on public exhibition and submissions are invited, with the closing date being Friday 3 August 2018.  The Draft Plan can be viewed at https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Have-your-say/Have-Your-Say-Green-Wedge-Management-Plan-2018. Please have a look and provide feedback if you can.

 

Portsea Beach 

Recently the Government decided to ignore all expert advice and reports and build a rock seawall at Portsea.

The Government has chosen this option to fix the deteriorating sandbag wall. Once the rock wall is built, we believe the Government will walk away from any commitment to a long term solution to restore the swimming beach at Portsea. 

 

We have been advised that the tender for design and construction of the seawall has been advertised and is planned for Spring. Urgent action will be required.

 

The NRA has initiated a campaign to influence the Government’s decision.

Money has been raised and the Clinton Group engaged to assist with lobbying Government. The initial strategy was to encourage the Liberal and Green parties to initiate a parliamentary inquiry into the matter. While there was some early interest the Liberal party withdrew its support. There is an underlying concern that acknowledging that the channel widening done some years ago is the cause of the current problem, will leave future governments exposed to expensive restitution.

 

The next strategy involved the Science Council which has not previously been consulted regarding the best way to restore Portsea Beach. The Science Council has been reviewing reports and has met with representatives of DELWP. This group is looking at the impact of the wave action from Point Nepean, east to Blairgowrie. The sand is being washed away from Point Nepean and Portsea and moving east being deposited at Shelly and Point King beaches making these sections of the bay shallower. This has the potential to impact the Blairgowrie marina in the future.

 

The NRA is now planning to commence a campaign to highlight the inadequacy of this decision and hopefully force the Government to rethink its plan and commit to restoring the Portsea Beach.


Your Feedback

 

I would like to remind all rate payers that we cannot take our beautiful part of the planet for granted and become complacent. The environment we enjoy is under constant threat from inappropriate development and demand for access as the population increases.

 

Protecting the environment, ensuring sustainable development, maintaining and improving the facilities on the Southern Peninsula for residents and managing traffic, are matters that require constant pressure from resident’s to keep the Council and State Government focussed on what is important to us.

 

Without the efforts of local residents groups such as the NRA and other volunteer organisations on the Peninsula, I am in not doubt that we would not have the existing natural environment and amenities that are currently available for our enjoyment and use. We must continue this work and need your support to do this.

 

As you know we rely on you, our members, to keep us informed regarding your views on matters of concern including the performance of the MPS and ideas for improvement.  We will work closely with our Nepean Ward councillors Hugh Fraser and Mayor Bryan Payne to ensure that all relevant authorities are aware of our views, and decision making is influenced where possible. 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Colin Watson

President


 



  


 

 

 


 

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  NEWSLETTER – July 2018

 


 

Dear Members

 

I hope this Newsletter finds you all in good health. Thank you for your continuing support of the Nepean Rate payers Association.

 

Annual General Meeting

 

Our Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 20 May.

 

The following members were elected to the Committee for 2018:

Christine Granger                      Graeme Hill                                          Colin Watson

Chris Quin                                Bruce Harding                                      Colin Giles

Jill Sands                                    Lino Tarquinio                                    Michael Batchelor

 

Retiring Committee Members

 

Three previous committee members did not seek re-election: Beth Cowling, Sue Leeming and Rae Riley.

 

Beth Cowling was on the Committee for 6 years and during that time represented the Committee on the New Year’s Eve Community Committee and monitored adherence to vegetation plans for new developments.

 

Sue Leeming was on the Committee for more than 10 years. During that time she had significant input into the Portsea and Sorrento Streetscape Master Plans and provided horticultural expertise to the Committee. She has lobbied hard for proper care and maintenance of parks and gardens particularly Newtons Reserve in Portsea.

 

Rae Riley was on the Committee for more than 30 years and during that time has served as President and Secretary and been on numerous sub-committees. She has been very influential with the Council ensuring that community interests and concerns were addressed, particularly with planning and development.

 

Between them, these three have contributed more than 50 years to serving the community and their expertise and commitment will be missed by the Committee.

 

Tourism on the Peninsula

Ms Tracey Cook, Chair Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourist Board Tracey provided a very interesting presentation highlighting research that is currently being undertaken to understand who the visitors to the Peninsula are, why they come, how long they stay, where they go when they are here and how they move around.

 

The Board aims to use this information to provide better advice to Tourism Victoria for marketing the Peninsula as a tourist destination; and to MPS to assist with managing resources to deal with high volumes of visitors at certain times of the year. The Board is focused on being responsive to the tourism market, creating jobs, developing the right policies and frameworks and protecting the peninsula.

 

Some interesting facts and ideas that Tracey shared include:

  • The Mornington peninsula has 7 million visitors per year.
  • 98% of the visitors come from Melbourne
  • 66% of visitors stay at least one night in the Southern Peninsula
  • 41% of visitors are ratepayers (staying in their holiday homes) or those visiting ratepayers.
  • The Peninsula is currently being marketed as a beach destination, encouraging visitors in the Summer. The Peninsula doesn’t need any more visitors in the summer. The marketing needs to change to focus on the other things the Peninsula has to offer.
  • The Summer period needs to be treated like an event, to better manage traffic flow.
  • Visitors are dependent on cars to get around – causing congestion during the summer.

Waste Management

Cr Hugh Fraser addressed the meeting and provided an update on waste management. Points raised included:

  • The Mornington Peninsula Shire creates 33,000 tonnes of waste per year.
  • This is part of a broader Melbourne problem that will require collective State government and Council decision making to resolve and is likely to lead to the creation of waste to energy facilities.
  • The Rye landfill will close.
  • The State Government does have funds available – the Landfill Fund is now the Sustainability Fund and all councils contribute to this through levies and taxes. This fund can be used to establish waste to energy facilities. There needs to be political will, the right economical push and collective decision making by councils.
  • MPS does not have a problem with recyclable at present. The contractor responsible for recycling does not rely on marketing recyclable waste to China.

 

Other Important Stuff that needs our attention

 

Draft Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge Management Plan 2018

Following an initial round of community consultation, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has now developed the draft Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge Management Plan 2018.

 

The Plan is now on public exhibition and submissions are invited, with the closing date being Friday 3 August 2018.  The Draft Plan can be viewed at https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Have-your-say/Have-Your-Say-Green-Wedge-Management-Plan-2018. Please have a look and provide feedback if you can.

 

Portsea Beach 

Recently the Government decided to ignore all expert advice and reports and build a rock seawall at Portsea.

The Government has chosen this option to fix the deteriorating sandbag wall. Once the rock wall is built, we believe the Government will walk away from any commitment to a long term solution to restore the swimming beach at Portsea. 

 

We have been advised that the tender for design and construction of the seawall has been advertised and is planned for Spring. Urgent action will be required.

 

The NRA has initiated a campaign to influence the Government’s decision.

Money has been raised and the Clinton Group engaged to assist with lobbying Government. The initial strategy was to encourage the Liberal and Green parties to initiate a parliamentary inquiry into the matter. While there was some early interest the Liberal party withdrew its support. There is an underlying concern that acknowledging that the channel widening done some years ago is the cause of the current problem, will leave future governments exposed to expensive restitution.

 

The next strategy involved the Science Council which has not previously been consulted regarding the best way to restore Portsea Beach. The Science Council has been reviewing reports and has met with representatives of DELWP. This group is looking at the impact of the wave action from Point Nepean, east to Blairgowrie. The sand is being washed away from Point Nepean and Portsea and moving east being deposited at Shelly and Point King beaches making these sections of the bay shallower. This has the potential to impact the Blairgowrie marina in the future.

 

The NRA is now planning to commence a campaign to highlight the inadequacy of this decision and hopefully force the Government to rethink its plan and commit to restoring the Portsea Beach.


Your Feedback

 

I would like to remind all rate payers that we cannot take our beautiful part of the planet for granted and become complacent. The environment we enjoy is under constant threat from inappropriate development and demand for access as the population increases.

 

Protecting the environment, ensuring sustainable development, maintaining and improving the facilities on the Southern Peninsula for residents and managing traffic, are matters that require constant pressure from resident’s to keep the Council and State Government focussed on what is important to us.

 

Without the efforts of local residents groups such as the NRA and other volunteer organisations on the Peninsula, I am in not doubt that we would not have the existing natural environment and amenities that are currently available for our enjoyment and use. We must continue this work and need your support to do this.

 

As you know we rely on you, our members, to keep us informed regarding your views on matters of concern including the performance of the MPS and ideas for improvement.  We will work closely with our Nepean Ward councillors Hugh Fraser and Mayor Bryan Payne to ensure that all relevant authorities are aware of our views, and decision making is influenced where possible. 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Colin Watson

President


 



  


 

 

 


 

DOWNLOAD  MEMBERSHIP FORM 2017 HERE

 


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