Next steps for Moorabbin Junction transformation
28 April 2016
Kingston Council is planning for the continuation of the amazing transformation underway in Moorabbin Junction through a range of new projects that will improve and showcase the area’s full potential.
Proposals include exploring further enhancements to Moorabbin train station, installing new artwork murals to deter graffiti, investigating renaming the station to Moorabbin Junction and urgent road improvements to improve the functioning of the arterial road network and the amenity for pedestrians using Moorabbin Junction.
Kingston Council last night called for the Victorian Minister for Public Transport and the Minister for Roads and Road Safety to support the next stage of works to help continue the transformation of Moorabbin Junction.
Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said Council was committed to fostering Moorabbin Junction as a lively destination where people live, meet, shop, dine and be entertained at our wonderful Arts Centre.
“We’ve already seen some incredible projects taking place, thanks to significant public and private investment in the area,” Cr Bearsley said. “We’re keen to keep that momentum rolling and hope the Victorian Government will get behind the next round of exciting opportunities in Moorabbin Junction.”
Proposed projects include:
- Investigate with the State Government options for the redevelopment of the Moorabbin Station including building over the lowered tracks to help link the shopping and arts precincts which are currently divided by the train line. Previous studies had found the proposal was not feasible due to high costs, yet project costs could be greatly reduced if the redevelopment occurs during the planned closures of the line during the upcoming Level Crossing Removals scheduled for the Frankston line.
- Consult with key stakeholders on renaming Moorabbin train station to ‘Moorabbin Junction’ to help promote the area as a destination point and differentiate it from the ‘Moorabbin’ airport and ‘Moorabbin’ industrial areas. This could be done at very limited cost when Southland Station opens as all PTV maps/network information will be updated at this time.
- Work with Public Transport Victoria to install new public artwork on the station embankment walls to prevent graffiti and create a welcoming ‘sense of place’.
- Improve disability access to the train station platforms to ensure it meets current standards.
- Upgrade roads in the area to improve pedestrian connections, reduce congestion and unlock key development sites.
Recent improvements completed or underway in the area include:
- revitalised bus interchange at Moorabbin Station launched in November 2014
- construction underway of a new $100million private hospital and $8million student hub at the Holmesglen TAFE site due to open early 2017
- the iconic new apartment building opposite the bus interchange providing a home to 132 new households and an additional new projects under construction in Central Avenue and supported in Taylor Street.
- proposed $29million redevelopment of Moorabbin Reserve jointly funded by the Victorian Government, St Kilda Football Club, the AFL and Kingston Council
- approval of the Moorabbin Activity Centre Zone which will unlock 8 hectares of key development area.
- VicRoads traffic study of the South Road corridor underway.
To find out more about the transformation underway in Moorabbin Junction see www.moorabbinjunction.com.au or sign up for our regular email updates at kingston.vic.gov.au/moorabbinjunction