MINUTES OF QUARTERLY MEETING
13 MAY 2021
27 people as per attendance sheet
Barb Roberts, Anthony Mayne, Stewart & DIdi Needham, Simon Lowth, June Carter, Mike & Meg Smith, Elaine Anderson, Cathy Lawarik, Trish Eccles, Victoria Fleming, John Marlton, Gabrielle Wildman, Shane O’Keefe, Vince Fisher
Confirmation of Previous Minutes (13 February 2020)
Acting President apologised for delay in holding meeting but Covid 19 restrictions precluded such an event in 2020 and early 2021 as the school was not available and Council placed restrictions on use of Captain Oldrey Park hall as BMPCA does not not public liability insurance.
Acceptance moved Andrew Bain, seconded Ross Hayward. Agreed
Matters Arising from Minutes
- Bay to Breakers swim held on 8 March 2020. BMPCA had limited participation in 2021 because of Covid implications for most volunteers. However BBSLSC made donation of $1000 in light of our past 9 years involvement and hopes that BMPCA can recommence involvement in 2022.
- Sandcastle event now being organised by Broulee Surf School, which has always carried insurance for the event.
- Art on the Path has now been changed and will be part of the River of Art and will be held at various venues throughout the Shire. It will be held in Broulee in October 2021.
- Paver fund raiser for path on western side of Grant Street, has had limited success.
- Better Eurobodalla campaign to encourage non-resident ratepayers to register to vote in Council elections in September 2021. Registration forms are available for download from A Better Eurobodalla website. Council has advised that it will be circulating registration forms to non-resident ratepayers shortly.
- “Lake Broulee” continues as a problem. No parking zone at North Broulee repainted.
Little change over past year:
General Account: $6105.44. Fees not collected last year, membership fees of $10/person are now due. Please put your name on the bank credit.
Pathway Account: $10,577.00 Includes paver payments, BBSLSC donation.
Acceptance moved Lindsay Boyton, seconded Bill Platts. Agreed
The items reflect the matters raised by BMPCA Executive in meeting with Eurobodalla Shire Council on 27 April 2021
1. Proposed sale of Community Land at Corner of Broulee Road and Clarke Street
- BMPCA has since written to Council requesting details of the exact status of the Community Land which it maintains is Operational Land and can be sold.
- Suggestion that matter be placed on Question without notice to Council
- Question raised whether this sale is linked to proposed subdivision changes which show a road link to Clarke Street.
- Bushfire guidelines were changed in 2018 and suggest that dead end roads are not permissible. These guidelines have a degree of flexibility and many innovative options need to be considered.
- Broulee Development Master Plan was approved in 2016 and shows subdivision road linking Broulee Road closer to George Bass Drive. However, at this stage it could only be a single lane road. This is still access.
- Questions raised about what recent traffic and bushfire studies have been carried out, particularly after significant changes that have occurred including greater traffic loads from new development. Elizabeth Drive/ Clarke Street has become a rat run to avoid speed restrictions on Train Street and George Bass Drive.
- It may be wise to readvertise the Broulee Development Master Plan. Many issues are now coming to a head and BMPCA needs answers as soon as possible.
- Council to be invited to discuss these matters with the community.
- The shared pathway will start in the forest at McNee/Grant Street intersection and head west towards the Fire Shed then to Canoe Tree on George Bass Drive, east again towards main power line and then through to Bengello Track. It makes use of existing tracks with minimal upgrades to more solid gravel and would provide a low impact walking/cycling route for community. It also reinforces the Fire Shed as a community hub. This issue was raised by RFS in its post fire presentation to BMPCA in February 2020. Warren Sharpe (ESC) has committed to walk proposed 3km path with BMPCA.
- This pathway will become a BMPCA priority for next fund raising.
- It was pointed out that the Fire Shed could become a village resilience hub. This idea is one of the recommendations from the Bushfire Royal Commission.
- Council did not respond to questions about any development.
- Linda Chapman was invited to provide an outline of the proposal for the community to buy this strategic parcel of land. This 2.06ha is an important parcel of land for connectivity with endangered flora and fauna and even moreso after the bushfires. The purchase is being discussed with WWF, which may be able to provide substantial support. Advertising on Facebook and a website will be launched in week starting 17 May.
- Council has disputed the long term impact of such pollution and would not canvas erection of a sign warning beach goers that the water may be polluted. It advised that it could not reduce the water flow. It carries out water quality monitoring of the beach in summer but refuses to monitor the drain.
- Considerable discussion ensued about water flow from the drain which has been continuous since heavy rain earlier in the year. It was polluted with raw sewage for 3-4 weeks before Council took action to ameliorate the problem and close the beach.
- It is the busiest beach in the Shire and marketed as a tourist attraction.
- BMPCA to investigate costs of monitoring the drain over a year and put a proposal to Council.
- Council acknowledged the petition from Mossy Point residents and supported by BMPCA to reduce the speed limit in the villages to 40 km/hour. But remains unmoved on the matter.
- Council advised that George Bass Drive will be reduced to 80 km/hour in the near future.
- Suggestion that Heath Street from Grant Street to the Surf Club within Broulee should be considered as a minimum
- Council advised that it was not a priority. It’s current priority is to extend the Mossy Point pathway towards George Bass Drive.
- The current purchased pavers will be placed around the seat at the corner of Heath and Grant Streets.
- Plan is available on ESC website. Comments are due on 25 May.
- Suggestion that both stormwater and sewerage issues and pathways be raised.
- Community suggestion that Vinnies bin and some landscaping required in precinct.
- Movement of bin is not favoured by Vinnies nor Real Estate. Approval for it’s location (on privately owned land) was from the late Ian Fraser. It will remain as is.
- Landscaping is restricted to low growing plants and a planting north of the bus stop will be trialled.
- Path from Mossy Point Headland to Candlagan Creek. Path is badly eroded, slippery and dangerous for users. Remediation is needed and some time ago a stairway was proposed. This would be a good solution to a well used path.
- Multitude of rabbits at Mossy Point particularly near path down to Candlagan Creek. BMPCA to discuss possible blitz in area with Pest Species Officer, Paul Martin.
- Noise pollution from low flying jet. Some residents believe that it affects the amenity of the area. We need to be aware that we live near an airport. There is an Air Services classification “fly friendly restrictive zone” which may be relevant.
September 2021. Kelwyn White (RFS) will be asked to address the meeting on bushfire readiness, use of the Fire Shed for community gatherings, possible resilience centre and proposed pathway interaction.