MMHN Update March 2021

  MMHN Update March 2021 Greetings There is a clear sense of the ‘new normal’ opening up as we ‘slowly sail’ our way out of COVID. A timely quote about the benefits of ‘slow sailing’: The brutal crisis of the coronavirus is precipitating us into a paradoxical time; urgent need to stop the virus on the one hand, suspension of social time …

February 2021 MMHN Update

Melbourne – A Great Maritime City February 2021 MMHN Update These are clearly perplexing, unpredictable and unprecedented times. Just when we thought ‘it safe to go back into the water’ so to speak and that the pandemic tide had ebbed enabling a return to near normality, yet another COVID variant mysteriously penetrated our quarantine strategies and we face Lockdown again. We …

Progress with Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network (MMHN) January 2021

  Melbourne – A Great Maritime City January 2021 MMHN UpdateA belated Happy New Year to all! Fortunately, Victoria seems to have averted yet another debilitating COVID Lockdown episode during January. With interstate and overseas travel curtailed, and ‘intra-state’ tourism booming, more Victorians spending time around coastal Victoria may result in a heightened appreciation for Victoria’s rich and diverse maritime …

Central Pier

Despite evidence of incompetence over decades, the State Government continues to entrust Development Victoria (DV) with custodianship with Central Pier – the heritage-listed, ostensibly protected and Victoria’s most significant examples of maritime infrastructure. Yet DV continues to demonstrate zero commitment to heritage preservation. Indeed there is there is clear evidence of the contrary in DV’s persistent cavalier disregard heritage or due process in  a …

November 2020 MMHN Update

  Melbourne – A Great Maritime City November 2020 MMHN UpdateGreetings all, As Melbourne tentatively emerges from Lockdown and the ‘Ring of Steel’  springs open ending months of ‘virtual’ engagement with maritime heritage and allowing the possibility of “actual” engagement, we will again venture forth – if only around our Marvellous Maritime State!  Three suggestions to consider: Go East – …

MMHN October 2020 Update

Melbourne – A Great Maritime City MMHN October 2020 Update  Greetings All Is the tide turning in relation to COVID contagion and Lockdown? Seems so? We know that progress is being made in relation to maritime heritage matters and that the MMHN Events Program can re-commence before too long. We live in hope. Municipal elections in the State of Victoria. MMHN …

Station Pier – an Important Melbourne Visitor Arrival Location

Station Pier – an Important Melbourne Visitor Arrival Location The City of Melbourne Tourism Action Plan states: Melbourne’s success as a cruise ship destination also highlights the opportunity for an integrated and overarching approach. The number of cruise ship visits to Melbourne has increased from 56 ships in 2011/12 to 85 in 2015/161. Along with increasing demand for cruise shipping, …

Docklands News September 2020

Opening up Melbourne Waterways The Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network focus on maritime matters includes activation of our vastly under-developed and under-utilized public asset – the waterways of Melbourne. And, of course, Docklands is at the very heart of our waterways. Few people are aware that taken as a whole, Melbourne’s navigable waterways system is greater than that of Sydney. In …

Response to Ports Discussion Paper

This response is on behalf of the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network (MMHN) and Offshore & Specialist Ships Australia (OSSA). Thank you for the opportunity to make comment on your Ports Discussion Paper. Overall this paper is well presented and extensive in its breadth. We have focused on three areas which we feel need further thought and discussion.

MMHN September 2020

Melbourne – A Great Maritime City Greetings AllMMHN September 2020 Update  Gloom and Doom pervades our daily news – prologued economic and social hardship. Yet around maritime matters there is well-founded optimism particularly in relation to the maritime industry, trade and the MMHN. The sophistication, scale and efficiency of Melbourne’s port activities reflects the dedication of thousands of Victorians involved in …