New Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor

Thursday, 06 December 2018

Cr Merriman 2018 web 150I would like to thank my fellow Councillors for their endorsement as I begin another term as the Mayor of the Borough of Queenscliffe Council. I also acknowledge and congratulate the outgoing Mayor, Cr Susan Salter, along with all my fellow Councillors, for their hard work over the past 12 months.

We have a number of important long-term, short-term and business as usual projects ahead. I look forward to working with Deputy Mayor, Cr Boyce Pizzey, my Council colleagues and the Borough of Queenscliffe community to progress these initiatives.

Point Lonsdale beach access ramp

Temporary repairs have been carried out on the concrete beach access ramp immediately below the Point Lonsdale shopping strip so that the ramp can be re-opened in time for the peak holiday season.

Further works to re-lay the bluestone stonework at the base of the ramp are scheduled for 2019.

The sea wall and associated infrastructure, including the access ramp, is managed by the State Government. Council will continue to work with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to progress the repair of the access ramp.

Have your say on Hesse Street revitalisation

Council is calling for community feedback to guide the next steps in the revitalisation of Hesse Street.

Sharing what’s important to you in your ideal town centre will help guide our investment in changes to make Hesse Street an even better place to live, work and play.

To tell us your priorities for Hesse Street, complete the online survey at www.placescore.org/queenscliff or at Council’s website, www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au, or pick up a hard copy of the survey from Council’s offices, the Queenscliff Library, or Hesse Street businesses.

Survey responses are invited until 11:59pm on Monday 28 January 2019. Hard copy surveys should be returned in person to Council’s offices at 50 Learmonth Street, Queenscliff, or by mail to PO Box 93, Queenscliff 3225.

Beach cleaning program underway

The summer beach cleaning program has commenced, with a clean undertaken prior to the Melbourne Cup long weekend.

We have received very positive feedback from beach users, particularly families, following the commencement of the program in 2017. Maintenance of a cleaner beach and improved beach access via the timber boardwalk at Tobin Drive have been key elements in increasing general public use of this picturesque part of Queenscliff.

The beach is monitored beach daily, and we anticipate that a further clean will be undertaken in the coming weeks in readiness for our peak visitor season.

Dogs on beaches restrictions

Summer timeshare restrictions for dogs on beaches will apply from Sunday 15 December 2018 until Friday 1 March 2019.

During the summer period, the amount of people using local beaches increases substantially. To provide fair and safe access, Council has introduced restrictions that allow dogs to be walked on the lead on beaches between 8:00pm and 9:00am from 15 December until 1 March each year. This keeps the beaches dog-free during the day when more people visit the beach.
Bright orange time restriction signs have been installed on pathways and at the entrances to all main beach access points in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, to keep everybody informed about the summer restrictions.

2019 green waste calendars

The Borough of Queenscliffe 2019 green waste collection calendar and A–Z recycling and waste guide will be delivered to homes in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale in December.

The new calendar will cover the period from January 2019 to December 2019, and is designed to be stuck on your fridge using the magnet provided with previous green waste calendars. Contact Council on 03 5258 1377 if you need a replacement magnet.

Office closure

Council’s offices will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holiday period from Friday 21 December 2018 at 4:30pm and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2019 at 9:00am.

Community Listening Post

Council’s next Community Listening Post will be held in the Uniting Church Bay Room, corner Hesse Street and Stokes Street, Queenscliff on Thursday 13 December 2018 from 11:00am until 12:00 noon.

Cr Bob Merriman AM – Mayor, Borough of Queenscliffe