As public interest in recreational boating increases on Port Phillip, there is a publically recognised need to improve and provide additional boating infrastructure for power and sailing craft and to provide suitable safe harbours for recreational boaters on what is essentially a large and relatively unprotected waterway.

BMYS was established in 1959 on reclaimed foreshore in Beaumaris Bay.  In the 53 years since its inception, the Squadron has continually made environmentally sensitive improvements to the site for the benefit of members and the general public.  The increased interest in recreational boating now necessitates these facilities are further enhanced to meet and exceed higher environmental requirements and the future needs of the club and the community.

BMYS proposes to increase the existing site area from 12,000m2to 15,740m2, through approximately 3,060m2 in sandy seabed reclamation and 680 mof piled boardwalk decking over the existing seabed and fossil nodules located at the western end of the site (the exact extent of this reclamation will be explored during the EES process).

Key features of the proposed BMYS safe harbour redevelopment are:

  • Construction of a surrounding rock wall breakwater with 24/7 public access to create an ‘all weather’ safe harbour;
  • Waterfront boardwalk on the south west boundary with public access and kiosk;
  • 120 floating marina berths;
  • Three lane fully protected boat ramp;
  • 78 berth ‘ dry stack’ facility launching dock and ‘lay by’ berths;
  • Environmental sensitive pump out facilities;
  • Rationalisation of car and trailer parking;
  • New club house including a function & training facility; and
  • Minimal seabed reclamation in the area in front of the existing BMYS facilities.

 Additional Public Benefits: 

  • Improvement of public access to the foreshore area through provision of increased 24/7 public access to the breakwater via a boardwalk;
  • Increasing the area for public fishing and recreation. The new marina breakwater will be providing dedicated fishing stations for the use of the general public including provision of disabled access;
  • The boardwalk around the harbour wall and paths will have Interpretation signage about the fossil beds and cultural heritage of Beaumaris Bay including a history of the area. The BMYS will work with the City of Bayside, Museum of Victoria and State Government in preparing the interpretation strategy;
  • Redevelopment of the former Keefer’s Walking Track to allow the public to have access to the breakwater wall and Kiosk and the clubs facilities;
  • Port Philip Bay is lacking in Boating facilities and with boating increasing at a rate of 8% per year the building of the BMYS safe harbor will provide a safe boating destination in bad weather and will provide the boating community with services such as fuel, waste pump out, public coffee shop and a boating destination;
  • The new club house and its infrastructure will include a power boat training center designed to offer training to club members as well as the general public;
  • The harbour breakwater wall will have a dedicated public area for scuba diving and sea kayaking.
  • The boating traffic on Beach Road will be reduced due to the construction of wet and dry storage areas; and
  • Increased tourism opportunities with better facilities for boats on the Bay.

Environment Effects Statement (EES) Process

The former Minister for Planning determined that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is required for the BMYS safe harbour project because of the potential impact the project may have on fossils and coastal processes.  The EES Scoping Requirements were published in December 2010.  These Scoping Requirements set the terms of reference for the specific matters the EES needs to address.

EES process flowchart

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