Expressions of Interest invited for Community Grants Reference Group

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Cr Merriman 2018 web 150The Borough of Queenscliffe Council is seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to join its Community Grants Reference Group.

Expressions of interest are invited in writing from Friday 1 March 2019 until 4:00pm on Friday 5 April 2019 and can be submitted by email to info@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au or by mail to the Chief Executive Officer at PO Box 93, Queenscliff, Victoria, 3225, or delivered in person to Council’s offices at 50 Learmonth Street, Queenscliff.

Applicants should refer to the Terms of Reference for the Community Grants Reference Group before submitting an expression of interest application. For further information please contact the Borough of Queenscliffe on 03 5258 1377.

Sale of Council-owned land endorsed

Council has endorsed changes to the proposed development plan for the Council-owned land at 61–75 Murray Road that will ensure single road access only to the residential lots suggested in the plan.

Council endorsed the changes at its Ordinary Meeting on Thursday 24 January 2019 within a broader resolution to proceed with the sale of the land at 61–75 Murray Road.

The decision to amend the proposed development plan responds to concerns that direct access to each of the residential lots would have an adverse impact on the roadside swale. The amended plan will replace the existing crossover at the site with a new single road access to the proposed subdivision.

Sale of the Murray Road land will proceed by a public process such as an expression of interest, a tender or an auction on commercial terms at market value. Council has authorised Borough of Queenscliffe Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lenny Jenner, to take the necessary actions required to achieve sale of the land in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989 and the Borough of Queenscliffe’s ‘Sale, Exchange or Transfer of Council Land’ policy.

On behalf of Council I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the members of the community who took the time to detail their feedback to Council and speak to us in support of their concerns and suggestions. Council will continue to keep the community informed via updates on our website and local media as the sale of Council-owned land at Murray Road progresses.

Community Environment Alliance grants now open

Applications for the Borough of Queenscliffe 2019 Community Environment Alliance (CEA) grants program are now open, with applications invited until 4:00pm on Friday 15 March 2019.

The CEA grants support local not-for-profit organisations and groups to reduce carbon emissions and preserve the Borough’s natural environment. The grants program aims to support, enhance and improve environmental sustainability in the local community, resulting in environmentally sustainable operations and decision-making.

Applications can be made by incorporated not-for-profit organisations whose principal activities are conducted within the Borough of Queenscliffe area, and schools, for non-infrastructure projects that are separate to the normal school curriculum.

Successful projects may include environmental education, waste reduction and recycling initiatives, energy efficiency upgrades, revegetation and water conservation within the Borough of Queenscliffe municipality.

The grant program guidelines, online application form and further details about the program are available on Council’s website, www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au. Prior to making an application, interested groups should read the grant guidelines and discuss their project with Council’s Sustainability Officer on 5258 1377 to determine their eligibility.

Council welcomes Heritage Council decision

Council welcomes the Heritage Council of Victoria’s decision to include Shortland’s Bluff on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Shortland’s Bluff is renowned as an area rich in maritime and defence history and a critical site for the preservation of indigenous plant species. The Heritage Council’s decision to include Shortland’s Bluff on the Victorian Heritage Register paves the way for us to refer to Heritage Victoria for advice on the Destination Queenscliff project.

Council has already developed a strong working relationship with Heritage Victoria through our consultation in relation to the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and we look forward to further collaboration with Heritage Victoria to ensure the conservation of historically significant features and heritage values at Shortland’s Bluff.

The Heritage Council of Victoria advised the Borough of Queenscliffe that Shortland’s Bluff was approved for inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register at the Heritage Council’s meeting on 7 February 2019. The Heritage Council's decision will be made publicly available on the Victorian Government Gazette at www.gazette.vic.gov.au and on the Victorian Heritage Database.

Cr Bob Merriman AM – Mayor, Borough of Queenscliffe