At its Council meeting on 16 November 2011 the MPSC voted 6 to 5 to go ahead with the proposal to put the Rosebud Aquatic Centre on crown land on the Rosebud Foreshore. Over the past two years a proposed Rosebud Aquatic Centre has been discussed.
The NCG is not against the development of a pool in Rosebud. It is our contention that the MPSC has not assessed ALL possible sites for an aquatic centre. Of major concern is the “process” and decisionmaking principles in relation to the proposed Rosebud Aquatic Centre. The principle at stake here is commercial developments/ ventures on the coastal foreshore. A dangerous precedent of using public foreshore land for semi commercial purposes is involved. The impact on the coastal foreshore would be detrimental to the values of place. The preciousness of the coast to the Mornington and Nepean peninsulas cannot be overstated. The two coasts – Port Phillip bayside and Bass Strait ocean side – are integral to its natural and cultural heritage, to its unique sense of place and to its identity. Such a development on the foreshore would have a significant adverse impact on the associated values of this place.
At the end of February 2012, the Environment Minister Ryan Smith granted his consent for the project.
The letter from the minister can be viewed here: Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre – Ministerial Approval Letter
A Special Council Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, 19 March, 2012. This meeting will take place at the Municipal Offices, Queen Street, Mornington. The item to be considered will be: Southern Peninsula Aquatic Facility Development Application Process. If you have any queries regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. Mark Howells of the Governance Unit on 5950 1422. Public Notice