Look what’s happening at the Port Melbourne Waterfront Reply

Maps and walking trails

The Immigrants Trail map and guided walk has been installed as a large decal in the shelter, which makes the space look more vibrant and provides interesting information about the area to both locals and visitors. A new Foreshore map has also been produced by the Heritage team. Both of these are new features at the Spirit of Tasmania info booths, to encourage arriving passengers to explore the local area and appreciate its heritage.
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Volunteer Ambassadors

A community volunteer program led by the Social Health and Inclusion Port (SHIP) program is closer to realisation and visitors are set to experience a more welcoming waterfront with the introduction of volunteer Ambassadors. The project will pilot a new approach to social and economic development with local residents acting as ambassadors for Port Melbourne (and other areas of Port Phillip) providing a warm welcome and useful information to visitors as they arrive at Station Pier during Cruise Ship arrivals.

Flyboarding

What is it, you ask? Flyboarding is an activity where the rider stands on a board connected by a long hose to a jet ski, which supplies propulsion to drive the Flyboard through air and water. Water is forced under pressure to a pair of boots with jet nozzles underneath, which provide thrust for the rider to fly up to 15 metres in the air. Impressive! Our Recreation team will trial this as one of many activities planned to be trialled over the life of the Port Melbourne Waterfront Activation Plan. A demonstration will take place on Father’s Day, 7 September.

Kizomba at Spirit Station Pier

One of our local businesses at Station Pier, Spirit, is welcoming the Kizomba Festival into its venue, showcasing Afro, Latin and Caribbean dance style from 5 to 7 September. With the flyboarding demo and other scheduled activities on the same weekend it will surely be a vibrant and active waterfront.

These actions are all part of the Port Melbourne Waterfront Activation Plan. It’s a joint venture between Council, Port Melbourne businesses, community groups and residents – all working together to create a vibrant, activated and welcoming village.

If you want to help out or have some ideas, contact me.

Webb Dock – what is happening… Reply

pomI thought I would check in and let you know what has been confirmed today with the development at the Port of Melbourne.
The model in this picture will be available at Port Melbourne Town hall for viewing.

With the new tender for the works being awarded to experienced VICTL – we heard today that the Port of Melbourne will be the most advanced container terminal in the world. VICTL want to make this their flagship project. This a good outcome for the community because of the following reasons:-
NOISE:- the cranes will be fully automated – no people means no beeping, ensuring a smooth approach for moving containers, no banging, and minimal reverse truck beeping.IMG_0217
LIGHTSPILL:- due to the Port being fully automated, there will be no strong light requirement, only ambient & environmental light. This ensures that there is minimal impact on the residential neighbours.
VISUAL AMENITY:- the colour scheme voted by the community was accepted and that was grey for the cranes. they will largely disappear into the background.
SUSTAINABILITY:- all equipment that move containers on the dock are electric. All systems for entry are paperless
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT:- there is plenty of truck parking within the Port, which will mean that no trucks need to line up and park outside the Port area, clogging up Port Melbourne Streets and interfering with traffic.
Works are expected to conclude by Dec 2016.
The empty container park is located away from the closest residential point. It is anticipated that the Buffer wall will go along way to reducing noise from the empty container park. This area is not automated or managed by VICTL.
We are however, still waiting on VICROADS to advise satisfaction with traffic modelling presented by the Port, and assure everyone that everyday traffic will flow, in particular on and off the freeway.
More to come in a later post on what is happening at Perce White Reserve and associated adequate car parking.

It is important to acknowledge here that there have been a dedicated group of Port Melbourne community members advocating, to the Port, for the best outcomes for our Community for the last 2 years. It is because of this constant pressure and dedication that the Port Melbourne community is getting satisfactory outcomes. Thankyou so much.

Smoke Free – including outside and around the buildings Reply

Today is a great day for the City of Port Phillip as we introduce a smoke-free environment at all Council owned and operated buildings, doorways and surrounding grounds. Scientific evidence has established that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke. Only 100% smoke-free environments provide effective protection.

31 May 2014 (World No Tobacco Day) became the day when we officially removed all ashtrays from Council owned and run buildings, including town halls, libraries, community centres and the Depot. You will notice the installation of new signage, which informs staff, our visitors and community of the smoke free boundaries.

As part of this initiative, businesses with footpath trading permits have been offered the opportunity to voluntarily become smoke-free. A number of local businesses have already submitted their applications and others have made enquiries about switching to smoke free trading. These early applications are a positive sign that this policy is supported by the business community.

Let me know what you think about this?

Port Phillip residents call on the Government to stay true to its vision Reply

Residents in the City of Port Phillip are calling on the State Government to ensure the soon-to-be-developed Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area is delivered in line with community expectations.
“It’s vital that the Government’s upcoming Strategic Framework Plan reflects our community’s desires that Fishermans Bend be a vibrant and liveable neighbourhood,” Mayor Amanda Stevens said.

Fishermans Bend is expected to be home to over 80,000 residents and 40,000 jobs in the next 40 years, with 90 per cent of the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area falling within the municipality of the City of Port Phillip.
“The Draft Vision for the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area, handed down in September last year, was strongly supported by the City of Port Phillip and its residents,” Mayor Stevens said.

“We call on the Government to maintain the principles of the Draft Vision in its upcoming Strategic Framework Plan,” Mayor Stevens said.

“This will be Melbourne’s largest urban renewal project and it’s crucial that we get the balance right now to ensure the right outcomes are achieved in the longer term for Fishermans Bend and the City of Port Phillip community.”

The City of Port Phillip has worked extensively with the State Government to ensure that Fishermans Bend is as diverse, creative and vibrant as the rest of the City.
The Council believes there are 10 key priorities which are critical to creating a successful new development at Fishermans Bend:

• Commitments to early roll-out of essential community and transport infrastructure such as parks, community facilities, the Collins Street tram extension (Docklands to Plummer Street) and dedicated cycling corridors
• Sensible height restrictions on developments
• Commercial developments to be delivered within walking distance of transport hubs
• Community infrastructure and open spaces to be funded by developer contributions
• The introduction of sustainable urban development goals
• Incentives for affordable housing
• A design review panel to assess applications against the Fishermans Bend Design Guidelines
• Heritage protection on key buildings and laneway character
• Incentives to retain and grow creative industries
• City of Port Phillip is the responsible authority for developments up to 25,000 square metres.

“We are excited to be a part of this important urban renewal project for Melbourne, but it has to be done right and in line with the expectations of our community,” Mayor Stevens said.