As part of the Council plan, 2 key locations in Port Melbourne, were identified as needing some extra care and work to help activate. These were Waterfront Place, Beacon Cove & Centre Road shops Garden City. See below for more detail about it.
Update on progress:
Centre Road Shops has had a makeover. A paint and a new sign over the small centre has lifted the look and feel of the place.
Telstra have included free Wi-Fi at the phone box.
The Fisherman’s Bend Community Hall is about to undergo a renovation, that will see a small increase in size, for improved kitchen and toilet facilities.
We are establishing a village community partnership group which will include Traders and the locals.
Feedback has suggested there needs to be a restful place to go to sit and relax, and also greening the area so it feels more welcoming to locals.
Commenced the Waterfront Welcomers program with SHIP. This popular volunteer program aims to ensure all visitors are welcomed to Port Melbourne.
The Heritage Hub on Finger pier has been renovated which the Port of Melbourne have so generously allowed for Councils use for the Welcomers to base.
Installed, bike pumps and extra bike hoops, & hosted ride to work day.
Installed Art of the fence a local competition to increase the plain space into something more vibrant
New way finding signage
New Heritage walks brochure to get passengers to stay and enjoy the area.
Pop Up shops trialled on Cruise ship days
Planning events such as heirloom vegetable market,
Free yoga on the beach.
If you have any ideas for each of these villages, I would love to hear them.
As part of Councils Vibrant Village project, this small community project livened up a dull fence at the entrance to Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne. Council worked with artist Trudy Rice, children from Port Melbourne Primary School, Spirit of Tasmania and Port of Melbourne.
Postcards to Port, showcased some of the children’s art and what they thought of Station Pier. The art is also dispersed with some historical photos, from the working Port years ago.
We are looking for this space to change regularly. If you have ideas, let me know.
Mike Larkin from Channel 10 came and did a weather cross during the launch. The kids were very happy to work with him.
Monday 20th October from 11-12 noon will be the official opening of the Local Information and Heritage Hub.
Council, as part of the Waterfront Activation project, in conjunction with the Port of Melbourne and SHIP will provide a warm welcome for the Visitors, to Port Melbourne, and help them with local information and way finding.
The PMBA (Port Melbourne Business Association) have supported this project to help encourage the many visitors to explore the shops and businesses that this part of our wonderful city, offers.
The ‘Waterfront Welcomers’ greeters program will be based in the new Local Information and Heritage Hub on west finger pier, near the heritage crane at Station Pier. Some people may remember it being the Dog café for some time.
So if you can’t make the launch, make your way down there and see what you can find out. There will be brochures on the walking trails and Heritage trials, as well as other materials on Port Melbourne.
Local Information & Heritage Hub
West Finger Pier (near Heritage Crane)
Groups involved in this program include: PMBA, SHIP, Port of Melbourne, Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House, Inner South, and City of Port Phillip.
Thankyou to all in the community that have worked hard to make this happen.
I 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.
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.