Bayswater Environment Action Coalition (BEAC)

In March 2018, as a way to advocate for environmental protection and enhancement on the Devonport Peninsula, the Society supported the creation of an informal group, Bayswater Environment Action Coalition (BEAC). Working in partnership with stakeholders was seen as a way to action consistent improvement. The group is open to all and minutes of its meetings are distributed to all who request them.

Bernadette Mercer adds her "Godwit" at BEAC's inaugural "Devonport Peninusla's Welcome to the Godwits", 22 October, 2017
Bernadette Mercer adds her “Godwit” at BEAC’s inaugural “Devonport Peninusla’s Welcome to the Godwits”, 22 October, 2017

BEAC’s first agenda included the protection of 14 endangered and threatened birds species, enhanced protections for a site of Special Wildlife Interest recognised by DOC since 1983, and the correction of anomalies in Marine 1 and 2 zoning overlays in the Auckland Unitary Plan.

Bar-Tailed Godwits in Ngataringa Bay for the Devonport Peninusla's welcome - photographer Philip Moll
Bar-Tailed Godwits in Ngataringa Bay for the Devonport Peninusla’s welcome – photographer Philip Moll

BEAC has submitted on Council consultations on Water Future, Dog Control, and Budgets. It has made direct representations to Council on planning matters. It has presented to the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board on PFAS Firefighting Foam contamination and development consent conditions for Erosion and Sediment Control.

Crafts in parks, BEAC members assist young creators at the inaugural "Devonport Peninsula's Welcome to the Godwits", October 2018
Crafts in parks, BEAC members assist young creators at the inaugural “Devonport Peninsula’s Welcome to the Godwits”, October 2018
The flock gathers for the inaugural, "Devonport Peninsuala's Weclome to the Godwits", October 2018
The flock gathers for the inaugural, “Devonport Peninsuala’s Weclome to the Godwits”, October 2018