Council calls on community to have a say on level crossing removals
7 September 2016
Kingston Council is encouraging the community to take part in public consultation on the level crossing removal projects to ensure their voice is heard.
Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said it was vital for the community to lodge feedback on the options during the Level Crossing Removal Authority’s community consultation period. “Our focus is on making sure the community is fully informed, is given the opportunity to have their say and that their views are heard and reflected in the Victorian Government’s final decisions,” Cr Bearsley said.
Cr Bearsley said that Council was disappointed that consultation had been delayed as it made it difficult for local councils to speak out on behalf of the community. “The Level Crossing Removal authority had promised options would be released for community consultation ‘mid-year’. Instead we are now just days away from the beginning of the local government election period on September 20. This will severely limit the ability of Council to be able to comment on the proposed options and advocate on behalf of our community. The new Council won’t be voted in until after the consultation period ends in late October.”
Cr Bearsley said Kingston Council had met directly with the Transport Minister to directly pass on the strong community opposition to elevated rail on the Frankston line. “Our community has real concerns about elevated rail and are disappointed ‘rail bridge’ options are still being considered by the Level Crossing Removal Authority.”
“We encourage all interested community members to make their views clearly heard by taking part in community consultation,” she said. “Information for each site, including the options being considered and consultation sessions, are available online at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au”
The Victorian Government this week released Preliminary Options Assessments for each of the sites including:
Charman Road, Cheltenham & Balcombe Road, Mentone:
Both a rail trench and rail bridge remain under consideration and will be presented for consultation
Edithvale Road, Edithvale & Station Street/Bondi Road, Bonbeach:
Both a rail trench and rail bridge remain under consideration and will be presented for consultation. These sites will also be referred to the Minister for Planning to consider an Environmental Effects Statement.
Station Street & Eel Race Road, Carrum: Options include building a rail bridge over a new crossing at Macleod Rd with either a rail bridge or closure of Eel Race Road crossing, and the closure of Station Street crossing.
A new road connection of Station Street over the Patterson River is also being considered at this site.