Improved community consultation needed on level crossing removals
30 March 2016
Kingston Council has demanded improved community consultation by the Level Crossing Removal Authority before any decisions are made about level crossing removals in the area.
Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said councillors had received strong community feedback critical of recent public consultation sessions held by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA)
“Council is calling for urgent changes to ensure the community’s voice is heard,” Cr Bearsley said. “Our community deserves to be given all the relevant information of the different options – such acoustic reports, engineering assessments, indicative drawings and estimated costs – so they can make an informed decision and have their opinion clearly heard and taken into account.”
Following last night’s public Council meeting, Kingston Council is now writing to both the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) and the Transport Minister calling for:
- Council advice to be sought prior to future community consultation
- information to be provided to the community prior to formal meetings so the community can give considered feedback
- direct meetings be held between LXRA and key community representatives
- options for community feedback for people unable to use online tools.
At its February meeting, Kingston Council also voted to write to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Transport Jacinta Allen calling for:
- extensive community consultation to guide planning for level crossing removals on the Frankston line
- the community be fully informed of all grade separation site constraints and opportunities
- individual site grade separation treatments be determined with the community prior to the Level Crossing Removal Authority proceeding to tender the Frankston line grade separations within the City of Kingston.
The Victorian Government’s list of 50 level crossings for removal includes seven in the City of Kingston – Centre Road Clayton on the Dandenong line and six level crossings on the Frankston line.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority has advised it will hold a second round of consultation – where design options are presented for community feedback – towards the middle of 2016.