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  1. Guy Coalition Government ‘WILL’ Not Narrow Beach Road

    April 09, 2018

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  2. Clean Up Australia Day 2018

    February 27, 2018

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  3. Fire threatens homes in Cheltenham and destroys home in Sandringham

    December 28, 2017

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  4. “Lunacy” according to key stakeholder

    August 07, 2017

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  5. Media Release: Beaumaris High School tree removal works : Constituency Question and Adjournment

    October 26, 2016

    The Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson delivered the following speeches in the Parliament of Victoria:

    CONSTITUENCY QUESTION - Sandringham electorate

    Mr THOMPSON (Sandringham)—(11 857) My question is to the Minister for Education. Last Tuesday I wrote to the Premier and the Minister for Education on behalf of many members of the Beaumaris community, calling for a cessation of tree-removal works at the Beaumaris High School site pending better consultation with key stakeholders, which include the Bayside council, the Beaumaris Conservation Society, site neighbours, the wider Beaumaris community and local members of Parliament. The Herald Sun reports today that the president of the Beaumaris Conservation Society told the crowd that contractors had agreed to stop work until community consultation had taken place. But the Education Minister said the trees would need to go as the government pushed ahead with its commitment to build a new secondary school for 650 students.

    I ask the minister: will there be a genuine consultation process or has it been overruled, noting that reinvestment in the Beaumaris High School site is supported by everyone and must carefully balance the interests of the school, the sporting co-contributor and the local community?

    ADJOURNMENT - Beaumaris Secondary College

    Mr THOMPSON (Sandringham)—(11 871) The matter I wish to raise is for the attention of the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is for him to direct the Victorian School Building Authority and the school working group for the new Beaumaris high school to meet with the Bayside council, the Beaumaris Conservation Society, adjoining residential and community group neighbours and members of the wider Beaumaris community, including local members, to consult on the new school. Reinvestment in the Beaumaris high school site is supported by everyone and must carefully balance the interests of the school, the Melbourne Cricket Club as the sporting co-investor, philanthropic purposes and the local community. Beaumaris is defined by its trees, and it is argued by many that no tree should be removed without specific justification for works to proceed or an independent analysis of the arborist’s report.
    Last week I also posed a number of questions to the government: one, which trees are being removed; two, is the arborist’s report available for independent review; three, have abutting property owners been consulted; and four, where is the final landscaping plan available for inspection? I also posed the question of whether representatives from the department and the government would meet with members of the local community last Thursday. What scope is there for wider local community input into site development and access? What community access is planned? Finally, will the government, the school building authority and the school working group commit to there being no tree removal by chainsaw until more detailed community consultation has taken place with the wider Beaumaris community and other community groups aforementioned?

    At the last election the coalition committed to the greatest level of capital investment in the site for education and sporting purposes. The hard work of many good people in the community and the bipartisan support for reinvestment ought be acknowledged in order to take the project strongly forward.

    The action that I seek, again on behalf of members of the Beaumaris community, is for there to be detailed consultation. I note that a number of years ago there were community group discussions but the final proposals have not been clearly presented to stakeholder groups. There are unique environmental features that start with the Balcombe Park precinct and a watercourse that flows down through the school in which there are some self-sown red gums and also, according to the advice of the Beaumaris Conservation Society’s arborist, a 200-year-old red gum. It has been commented by a member for Southern Metropolitan Region in the other place that you cannot buy a 200-year-old red gum at Bunnings. There are many values that need to be preserved within the precinct to realise the dream of many.


    April 26, 2016

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  7. Clean Up Australia Day 2016

    March 02, 2016

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  8. Second Container Port

    August 14, 2015

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  9. Napthine Government delivers a Better Bay Plan for Sandringham

    November 03, 2014

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  10. A cleaner bay for the Sandringham electorate

    October 16, 2014

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  11. Coalition provides $1.5 million in grants program to enhance landscape

    August 12, 2014

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  12. Coalition Government opens next round of Communities for Nature

    August 11, 2014

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  13. Coalition announces $200,000 in Coastcare grants

    July 14, 2014

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  14. Care about the coast? Let us know

    March 25, 2014

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  15. Book early for Summer by the Sea in the Sandringham region

    December 18, 2013

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  16. Federal Coalition Commits to Preserving Highett’s ‘Grassy Woodlands’ and Extra Open Space

    August 28, 2013

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