Plum Garland Beach Park opens this weekend Reply

plumgarlandPlum Garland Memorial Playground is open to the public from this weekend.

The upgrade of this much loved beach playground has undergone significant improvement, transforming the area into a great place for the community to play and socialise.  The playground now boasts exciting high quality play equipment, water-play elements and a variety of surface finishes ensuring safe passive and active play for children.  The responsive planting design and plant selection showcases a variety of robust, native species as seen along the current foreshore landscape.  The landscape reinforces the character of the foreshore whilst providing a sensitive response to its environment.

Nestled between a thoroughfare of pedestrian and cycle activity, the playground will be its own hive of activity that is safe and secure under a semi-sheltered environment. 

Wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas and hoping you can visit this great space over the holiday period.

Congratulations to the Wayside Inn Reply

2012 Winner of the 3AW Pub of the Year award. It joins a great list of pubs.
Previous winners:

Year Pub(s) Suburbs

2011 Lincoln Hotel Carlton
2010 Terminus Hotel Clifton Hill
2009 Grand Hotel – Richmond
2008 Station Hotel Footscray
Carringbush Hotel Abbotsford
2007 Bouzy Rouge Richmond
2006 The Albion Port Melbourne
2005 Metropolitan Hotel North Melbourne
The Brandon Hotel Carlton
2004 The Beach Hotel Albert Park
2003 Court House Hotel North Melbourne
2002 London Tavern Richmond
2001 Doyle’s/Vine Mentone/Abbotsford
2000 Royal Park North Melbourne
1999 Emerald* Sth Melbourne
1998 Clare Castle/O’Connell’s Carlton/South Melbourne
1997 Spencer West Melbourne
1996 All Nations Richmond

A prestigious golf Club in Port Melbourne Reply

Well – there used to be… The Victoria Golf Club  currently located in the beachside suburb of Cheltenham started its life in Port Melbourne.
Victoria Golf Club 1903 formed at Fishermen’s Bend as a links course. The location was sought after as it was close to the GPO where most of the members carried out business. 200 acreas at the corner of Lorimer & Ingles St, Fishermans Bend.
6 holes to start.
Mr Phil Hudson – the architect for the Shrine of Remembrance , designed the alterations and additions to the first clubhouse

Royal Melbourne turned down the site 6 years earlier – preferring Sandringham.
State govt owned the land and kept putting up the rent forcing the Victoria Club to look elsewhere – later settling on Cheltenham. about 25 years later.

source : Victoria Golf Club 1903-1988 by Don Lawrence published 1988

1-7 Waterfront Place – more information and documentation Reply


Supporting documentation from the applicant

Rigby Cooke Letter
Application Form
Urbis Planning Report Covenants Report
List of Beneficiaries
Covenants Report
Urbis Planning Report Development
Plans – Beacon Cove Gateway
Waterfront Gateway Concept
Traffic Report
Environmental Report – Wind Assessment
Landscape Report
Landscape Plans 1-11 Waterfront Place

Full hard copies are available for review at the Port Melbourne and the St Kilda Town Hall.

1-7 Waterfront Place – more information on process Reply

Redevelopment of 1-7 Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne – Public Consultation

Council has recently received a request from Waterfront Place Pty Ltd seeking Council’s consent to approve a plan prepared by Fender Katsilidis Architects.
The submitted plan proposes the following:
 Three buildings of five, 10 and 19 storeys.
 A total of 241 dwellings comprising town houses, apartments and serviced apartments.
 Vehicle access from Beach Street with three basement levels accommodating 430 car parking spaces, bicycle facilities and storage areas.
 Retail and restaurant uses fronting Waterfront Place at ground level.
 Publicly accessible leisure facilities including a gym and pool at ground and first floor levels.
 A ‘Y’ shaped pedestrian plaza with pedestrian connections between Beach Street and Waterfront Place.
Council has 30 days to make a decision on the request for consent, which is by 27 December 2012. After the 30 day period, the applicant has 28 days in which to lodge an application for review with Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). However this does not preclude Council from making a decision on the request for consent after the 30 day period.
The controls prepared in 1995 by Mirvac/State Government for this site vary from the normal planning processes and as a result there are no formal public notification or appeal rights for residents. However, Council is committed to hearing the views of the community prior to making a decision on the development.
How can I have my say?
1. View the plans:
You may view the plans and other supporting documentation at the ASSIST counter at the Port Melbourne Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne or at the Planning & Building Services counter located the St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda during business hours: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
If you prefer or are unable to attend Council offices please visit our website throughout the consultation process:
2. Make a submission:
We are inviting the community to make submissions. Submissions may be lodged by the following methods:
• Mail to Planning Business Support, Private Bag 3, PO St Kilda, VIC 3182
• Fax or Email a letter to
• Online – use
Submissions should be made by Friday 21 December 2012, however will be accepted up until Council makes a decision on the request for consent.
Submissions are not confidential. The name and address of a submitter is available to the public, including the applicant.
The applicant has also submitted a planning permit application to remove or vary the covenants that apply to the land. This will follow the standard planning permit process, which includes the formal requirement to give notice and an opportunity to submit an objection. For your information the application reference number is 1078/2012.
Should you require any further information please contact me on telephone 9209 6264 or by email

WFP development fact sheet_FINAL

1-7 Waterfront Place – Update Reply

Council has received a request from Waterfront Place Pty Ltd seeking consent to approve a development of three residential buildings of 5, 10 and 19 storeys at 1-7 Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne which is part of the Beacon Cove Estate developed by Mirvac Victoria Pty Ltd. Restrictive covenants affect this land and Mirvac is the “owner” of them. Waterfront Place Pty Ltd lodged action with the Supreme Court on 18 July 2012 to have these covenants discharged (removed).

The site is located in a Comprehensive Development Zone (CDZ1). The main purpose of the CDZ1 is to ensure the orderly staging of subdivision, construction and development of land in the Beacon Cove Estate. The CDZ1 does this by requiring all buildings and works be in accordance with The Beacon Cove Concept Plan and the Beacon Cove Precinct Plan. The Precinct Plan references a 3 storey height on the land at 1-7 Waterfront Place but this is not a mandatory requirement.

The current planning controls allow an applicant to submit to Council a request for its consent to vary from the approved Plans for the estate, rather than a go through a standard planning permit application process. A request for consent is exempt from standard planning procedures, and as a result there are no formal public notification or appeal rights for residents.

The City of Port Phillip is committed to hearing the views of the community prior to making a decision on the proposal and we are currently inviting community submissions .

The City of Port Phillip is committed to planning for a high quality, liveable and sustainable city and that is why we are developing a Port Melbourne Urban Design Framework to guide planning decisions for the precinct, in consultation with the community and key stakeholders. This is clearly a site of great interest to our community and Council will be doing all we can to keep our community informed and to give them the opportunity to have their say. Council has 30 days to make a decision on the request for consent and we are inviting the community to lodge submissions by Friday 21 December 2012.