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Maritime centre left off foreshore plan WESTERN Port Oberon Association president Max Bryant says he is disappointed his group’s push for a maritime centre is not included in the draft Hastings Foreshore Precinct Plan. Mr Bryant said he “surprised” by comments of the shire’s property and strategy manager Yasmin Woods that the association does not have state government involvement and approval in having the Otama submarine as a

focal point of the proposed maritime centre on the outer wall of the Western Port Marina (“Future plan has no port for a sub” The News, 29/8/17). “We do have their approval and, if she would care to meet with us, we could show her,” Mr Bryant said. He said the cost of completing the maritime centre “in stages” was about $15 million, with about $5 million to be spent excavating an old channel,

called Lacey’s Lead, with a long-reach excavator, so the Otama could be floated towards shore. Mr Bryant presented a project brief at a shire drop-in session on 1 June and had “fully expected” to have the maritime centre included as part of the foreshore strategy. He said the association was “disappointed we were not consulted further”. Ms Woods acknowledged that the

association had expressed a “strong interest in establishing a maritime centre next to the marina breakwater”. But her report does not back the plan, which centres on relocating the Otama to the marina’s outer wall: “This is a major undertaking that brings considerable expense, environmental and other approval requirements, and range of further work,” she said in her report.

“Given the current status and extent of work required, it has not been included as a recommended measure within this document. “Should a sufficient level of commitment be obtained from state/ federal governments, and should the necessary approvals be pursued, this is a matter that can be considered outside the scope of this precinct plan. Stephen Taylor

Clubs ready to fight over foreshore rights Continued from Page 1 Mr Newman said they had met with shire officers several times “but we don’t seem to get anywhere”. “We thought they were going along with us but they want us out,” he said. “They’ve been trying to get rid of us for years. They haven’t said where we should move except, perhaps, into the yacht club.” Angling club members contributed $22,000 for their building in 1989 and turned it into the “best known angling club in Victoria”, with whiting and snapper competitions attracting up to 500 people to the presentations, Mr Newman said. Despite boating numbers increasing, the draft plan proposes reducing the area of overflow boat trailer parking by 60 per cent, with an area south of Mullet St being judged “too far away from the ramp”. Also in jeopardy is the grassed picnic area between the club and the marina boundary which is used for the annual Whiting Challenge presentation and other events. “We oppose the plan’s intention to encourage pedestrians and cyclists [to go] through the dangerous boat ramp and trailer parking area, as well as the proposed realignment of the trailer parking bays in a north/south direction away from the east/west direction,” Mr Newman said. “Opening a path along the waterfront in front of the yacht club will lead pedestrians into the dangerous yacht launching area.” Shire planners said the draft plan aimed to develop a single master plan providing “clear and consistent vision for the future improvement of the Hastings foreshore precinct”. A reference in the plan relates to the “overwhelming importance of regaining waterfront access for the public”. Shire officers said two “pertinent principles” were that foreshore facilities should be consolidated, and that assets on coastal Crown land should

Unmoved: Members of Westernport Angling Club are not impressed by Mornington Peninsula Shire’s draft foreshore plan that calls for the relocation of their clubhouse. Picture: Gary Sissons

be coastal dependent. The shire’s property and strategy manager Yasmin Woods said the angling club site was earmarked for “enhanced parking facilities” for the public boat ramp. “Were the angling club to be retained in its present location, the preferred design would require the facility (along with the adjoining toilets) to be [on] a traffic island [in] a car park. This would be an inappropriate outcome and the question arises as to where the club should be located,” Ms Woods stated in the draft report. “Outside of core fishing activities, angling club events involve gatherings

on the grassed area in front of their current premises for barbecues and socialisation. These activities contribute positively to the precinct and should continue. “However, it is pertinent to note that the fishing events and associated barbecues are not a direct result of where the angling club is located. These events are driven by boating access to Western Port Bay. The angling club’s facility, although a convenient venue, is used primarily for gathering and small scale storage. “Gatherings can occur regardless of this facility due to convenient open

space access, and storage is not a key requirement in this location. This is an inefficiency which can be better addressed.” Ms Woods said the “ideal scenario from a coastal planning and management perspective” would involve consolidating the angling club within the yacht club. “Should this be unviable due to conflicts with club events, logistics, security, or other factors, an alternative option may be to relocate the angling club outside of the precinct, ideally alongside or within another social use facility … the club’s location is not

strictly coastal dependant...” The mayor Cr Bev Colomb said the draft plan “takes into consideration the local community’s main aims for their township”. “These include enhancing the foreshore, creating an enjoyable experience for visitors, celebrating marine lifestyles, developing connecting spaces and support future public works.” A community drop-in session will be held at Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Hastings, 5.30-7.30pm, Thursday 21 September. RSVP to coastalplanning@mornpen. vic.gov.au by Monday 18 September.

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