The large area is the City of Greater Geelong local council area. The small excised coastal strip is the Borough of Queenscliffe (sic), with it two towns Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale and is where Sister lives.
Although there is a golf course on Swan Island, I believe it is Crown land and under the control of the Department of Defence. I think you have to have specific reason to be allowed on to the island. 'Dey have soldiers with guns 'dere'.
The gap of water between Point Lonsdale and Fort Nepean is known as The Rip, where there tidal water flows in and out swiftly through the Port Phillip Heads into the bay. All ships have to be piloted through the heads as it is very dangerous. Melbourne has the largest port in Australia, so commercial shipping and recreational shipping, along with the Spirit of Tasmania ferry make it a very busy place for shipping.
The Borough of Queenscliffe is on a road to nowhere, that is, you do not pass through it to get to anywhere except if you want to use the Queenscliff to Sorrento car ferry across to the other side of the bay. Queenscliff was once a prime holiday destination for the wealthy holiday makers from Melbourne, who used to arrive by steam ferries and perhaps later by train, and hence it having come about for wealthy holiday makers, it has some very beautiful old and historic buildings.
While not everyone in the Borough is wealthy, Sister Bone Doctor are what you would call comfortable though they live quite modestly, there is huge wealth in the Borough, but it is of the quiet non ostentatious kind of wealth. This makes it a very desirable place to live for some and although I wondered why Sister bought a house there, I am pleased she did now that I know the area. Their house has appreciated far beyond the average house price in Melbourne. As usual I will be prone to exaggeration, but the greatest crime in the area where Sister lives might be a visiting dog owner not picking up after their dog. No local person would dream of doing such a thing. It is pretty well compulsory to have a dog and to walk it along the beach path.
Now see the inland straight border of the Borough. The line runs along Fellows Road, which was the limit of any residential housing in the area, but not any more. As I said, to the right of Fellows Road is the Borough and to the left the City of Greater Geelong, The area was mined for shell grit many years ago and so is classified as degraded land, yet on the degraded land nature made a useful place for birds and other wildlife.
Ah, but along come developers with huge plans for a new development on the 'degraded' land. The local community got into a stew about the matter. I expect business people probably did welcome the thought of the newcomers of the estate spending money in the town, but most local residents did not.
There were studies, there were panels, there was ministerial intervention, there were committees and of course fierce lobbying by both sides. If it had to be redeveloped, the plans ended up being quite strict, especially the environmental aspects. I am having trouble finding recent information but one proposal was approved, against regulations about connecting inland canals to the sea. I understand that the developer had to pay a 120% bond of the cost of all environmental works. Developers are well known for walking away from such things, so I hope this stood. But now while some of the project has been completed, ownership has changed and I am at a loss as to how things stand now. Hopefully Sister and Bone Doctor may be able to fill me in, although they haven't been active against the development.
Of course the good residents of the Borough are far to politie to publically react if they asked the question of someone about what part of town they lived in and the answer was in a street on the Geelong side of Fellows Road, but mentally, they will think, oh, that new housing estate.
Not in my backyard? Elitism? Snobbism? Probably all of those, but the the residents of the Borough of Queenscliffe have something very special in the area where they live and I don't blame them for wanting to protect what they have.
Of course the council rates for all the new properties will go to the City of Greater Geelong, but the Borough will be bearing quite of bit of the costs for the new residents