Category Archives: Recreation

Improvements for Port Phillip beaches

Elwood beach in 2006

Elwood beach in 2006 [Source: The Age]

Elwood beach in 2010

Elwood beach in 2010 [Source: The Age]

The Age recently reported on the State Government’s announcement to invest $6 million in Victorian beaches including Portsea, Half Moon Bay and Elwood.

Environment Minister Gavin Jennings said erosion at Port Phillip beaches was due to natural patterns not dredging. “We see the tide as it shifts with seasons, the sand shifts with it. It’s almost like clockwork. In certain months the sand will move south; in the other part of the cycle it will move north,” he said.

$2.75 million will be invested in Elwood Beach to protect the foreshore from flooding and erosion by creating a storm-buffer. The project involves dumping 40,000 cubic metres of sand from East Gippsland quarries to widen the beach by 35 metres. The works will be effective for up to 25 years.

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Protecting Melbourne’s trees

Carlton Gardens [Source: Visual City] The Age reports that the City of Melbourne will undertake a program of urgent replacement and rehabilitation of trees over the next year. Due to prolonged drought conditions Melbourne will look overseas to countries with similar climates to provide robust tree species. With approximately 25,000 native and 25,000 exotic trees […]

Comment on Fitzroy Gardens Master Plan

Fitzroy Gardens

Fitzroy Gardens [Source: Visual City]

On the Victorian Heritage Register, the historical significance of the Fitzroy Gardens is described in part by the following passage:

“The Fitzroy Gardens are of historical significance as one of a ring of public reserves around Melbourne established in the nineteenth century to provide respite and relaxation for the city’s residents. The Fitzroy Gardens have been viewed as the flagship of this group of city gardens, which includes the Flagstaff, Treasury, Carlton and Alexandra Gardens and the Kings Domain…They are also a reminder of the city’s relatively large investment in public gardens, a reflection of 19th century beliefs about the moral and health benefits of green spaces in often dirty, smelly and overcrowded cities.”

As part of an ongoing process to ensure the gardens future, City of Melbourne has produced the Fitzroy Garden Master Plan Review Discussion Paper. The document was published following a 12 month review of the previous 1996 master plan. While the principles outlined in the former document remain relevant, the current paper identifies a number of new issues and opportunities facing the gardens. These focus on the management and security of water, climate change challenges, heritage obligations and improving infrastructure for the 3 million annual visitors.

The Council has organized a number of walks in Fitzroy Gardens on Thursday 6 May and Saturday 8 May to explain the proposals. Comments on the various options outlined in the discussion paper will be received up until Friday 21 May. Further details on how to participate in the walks or submit comments are available on the Shape Fitzroy Gardens future webpage.