What If The Community Acquired The Lease?

Updates on 12 Feb , 2015

The Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron (BMYS) 21-year lease of this precious Crown land expires 1st of June 2018, and it’s no certainty that this small closed club is justified to extend it.

In fact the current lease states that there is no option to renew it and that “the Lessor may at any time during the last three months of the term place and leave appropriate notices on the premises to advise their availability for lease”.

From the 1st of March 2018, as per the current lease, we are all entitled to inspect this area of public foreshore with the intention of taking over the lease so as to protect this area and put it to much better use. What happens to the tonnes of landfill that the BMYS has dumped on this beach remains to be decided, however it clearly should not be the public that pays for restoring the beach to its natural state. To read more about the current lease, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

The BMYS now plans a 100+ boat marina development comprising more landfill, concrete and huge boulders that will drastically alter and permanently damage what is a delicate and archaeologically invaluable site. These plans include further locking the public out from this Crown land, as well as subdividing public sea beds to sell off boat berths in order to generate private revenue of around $24 million.

What is just as troubling is the discovery of recently dumped rubbish within the site, which is an illegal use of Crown land and likely voids the current lease.

Rubbish Illegally Dumped into this Crown Land.

Rubbish Illegally Dumped into this Crown Land.

Esteemed Australian palaeontologist, environmentalist and Australian Of The Year winner Professor Tim Flannery was recently quoted by The Age as stating “The proposal to massively expand [the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron] needs to stop because the whole thing has to go any way, so don’t let people pour money into it.”

A private boat club could be positioned anywhere, especially when around 50% of its 700 members do not even live at Beaumaris. The community that forever owns this historically important site is well positioned to take back control in 2018, restoring the beach and cliffs to their natural state and looking toward more community-driven eco-friendly uses such as the creation of a fossil education centre and pre-eminent tourist attraction.

Potential Beaumaris Fossil Research Centre Tourist Attraction.

Potential Beaumaris Fossil Research Centre Tourist Attraction.