Welcome to this Autumn edition of the Beaconsfield Banner. The Banner is available on our BPA Website www.beaconsfield.org.au and printed copies are available from a number of local businesses including the Beaconsfield Post Office.
The future of the Beaconsfield Reservoir and Nature Conservation Reserve is of interest to many in the community. Melbourne Water have recently released the Beaconsfield Dam Safety Upgrade Report on meeting current guidelines set by the Australian National Committee on large dams with strong emphasis on dam safety management principles. A comprehensive report prepared by Council officers was tabled at the February Shire council meeting. The resolution passed by Council included commending Cardinia Environment Coalition for work done managing the BNCR and continuing to advocate their ongoing funding, assign the Park Manager role to a State government agency, advocate for enhancements to recreational facilities for the community to experience and for DELWP to fund a long term strategic plan for the BNCR.
There has been no response yet from the Department of Transport in connection with the intersection of the Old Princes Highway and Desmond Court on requests for further improvements for the intersection.
Cardinia Shire Council’s proposed Local Law 20 ‘Open Air Fires Laws’ due to apply from 1 February, 2022 was tabled for discussion at the February Shire council meeting. There were a number of changes to the existing policy. In particular, a new Urban and Township Zone was included which only allows burn-offs at the discretion of Council after permits are applied for each burn-off. This will affect many properties in Beaconsfield previously allowed to have burn-offs subject to certain conditions but without needing permits. Many submissions were received from throughout the Shire and consideration of the matter was deferred until the next Council meeting.
Our Association held a drive-in outdoor movie, The Dish, on Australia Day 2022. This was a family friendly event and we were successful in receiving a grant from Cardinia Shire Council to cover the costs. Much voluntary work was done on the planning and on the day for this Event. Unfortunately, the event was not well supported by the community. We are reviewing the reasons for this and the impact of holding an Australia Day outdoor movie in the future. Our Association was nominated for a Cardinia Shire Australia Day award for community events for the drive-in movie. Whilst our nomination was not successful, it was good to have recognition for holding this event, and for BPA.
The Beaconsfield Anzac Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 24 April 2pm at the Cenotaph.
The Banner is prepared by Beaconsfield Progress Association volunteers with the only cost being the printing done externally plus administrative costs, which are covered by advertisements in the Banner and a grant from Cardinia Shire Council. If you would like to advertise in the Banner or write some articles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to Covid restrictions, we have held meetings via Zoom. We hope soon to recommence public meetings at the Beaconsfield Community Complex. We encourage members of the community to become involved and provide their views on issues affecting Beaconsfield.
Beaconsfield Progress Assoc. Inc.