Port Phillip Conservation Council Inc.

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Major Campaign No. 3
 

Municipal dumping of broken concrete slabs over Little Beach at Black Rock Point


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In 1970, the Sandringham City Council managed the foreshore reserve at Black Rock. It was also, at that time, removing the old concrete paving from many of its roads and developed a plan to reduce the costs of transporting the broken slabs of concrete to a distant disposal site by beginning to dump the slabs over and down an eroded section of cliff just to the right of the roadway down to the car park in the photograph above.

 

It proceeded with that plan, which resulted in part of the Little Beach to the right of the photograph being partly covered in broken concrete slabs.

 

The issue led to the formation, at the instigation of the Beaumaris Conservation Society, of a local conservation organization, the Black Rock and Sandringham Conservation Association, which became a founding Member Organization of the newly-formed Port Phillip Conservation Council Inc. Both new groups protested at the environmental damage occurring. PPCC Inc. appealed to the then Liberal Minister for Conservation, Hon Bill Borthwick MLA, who quickly had the matter investigated, and promptly directed the Council by telegram to cease the dumping forthwith.

 

The slope above the beach has been somewhat re-habilitated, but regrowth is poor owing to the underlying concrete still there, and some is still visible. The sad story of the environmental damage inflicted here is recorded on one of several municipal displays in a small circle just west of the nearby footpath.

 

 

This page was last updated on 2016-07-31.