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We need to let our Candidates know, we demand funding for the Reservoir and Preston rail and road solution, and for improved recreation facilitates in Reservoir and Northcote.  

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Candidates in Victorian State Election
Electorate  Candidate  Address    Email Website 
Northcote Lidia Thorpe 4/404-414 High Street, Northcote, Vic3070 Email
Northcote Katerina Theophanous Email
Preston Robin Scott
375 High Street, Preston, Vic 3072
Email
Website

Darebin City Council is calling on the Victorian State Government and the State Opposition in the lead up to the State Election in November to commit to fixing the Darebin’s rail and road issues.

Darebin City Council is calling on the Victorian State Government and the State Opposition in the lead up to the State Election in November to commit to fixing Darebin’s rail and road issues.

Darebin City Council has long advocated for a better road and rail solution for its community from the Victorian State Government.

 

Darebin City Council is advocating for two key outcomes.

 

Firstly, the removal of five level crossings on the Mernda train line between Thornbury and Reservoir stations, particularly at Bell Street, Oakover Road, Murray Road, Cramer Street and High Street, Reservoir.  

 

Mayor Le Cerf said Council believes the removal of the four level crossings in Preston needs to be done as a single project, both in terms overall fiscal responsibility as well as providing the best outcome for the community.

 

“To remove only the Bell Street level crossing would not provide the required improvements to transport and traffic issues and would fail the State Government’s own test of future proofing additional level crossings that are already identified as needed,” she said.

Removing all four crossings concurrently would result in improved traffic flow and is considerably more cost effective and efficient than a just removing one crossing now.

“The Murray Road level crossing should have been included in the State’s top 50 planned level crossing removals, because it is within a Principal Activity Centre, carries major bus routes and 20,000 vehicles per day use it,” Cr Le Cerf said.

Secondly, Council is strongly urging the State Government as part of the level crossing removal to fund an effective roads package at Reservoir, which Council says is essential to deliver promised improvements to the shopping centre and traffic flow.

 

“Darebin City Council was disappointed the May Victorian State budget did not include funding for this package of works, but will continue to campaign on behalf of the community for a firm commitment for this rail and road package,” Cr Le Cerf said.

 

“Darebin City Council wants a substantial commitment to fund the required road improvement package at High Street in Reservoir to accompany the level crossing removal.  As well, it wants the best value for money project delivered for Preston where all four level crossings are removed as a single project.”

The Mayor outlined the approach the Council will take to ensure the voices and concerns of the community is heard during the coming months.

“Our community has consistently told us how frustrated they are by the log jams created by the level crossings on the Mernda train line between Thornbury and Reservoir stations, particularly at Bell Street, Oakover Road, Murray Road, Cramer Street and High Street around Reservoir station itself”, she said.

“The roads around these streets are a mess and we believe there is a comprehensive and logical solution that will address the level crossings and the traffic issues, and we are calling on both the State Government and the Opposition to commit to fixing this problem. This includes the removal of the levels crossings at these intersections and better designed roads to move the high volume of traffic more efficiently.”

From next week Council will be activating the local Darebin community and asking people to contact local members and Ministers and Shadow Ministers to demand a funding commitment. This will take the form of online and face-to-face petitions, emails, community information and support from high profile community advocates.

Darebin City Council wants a comprehensive road and rail solution that ensures the community thrives.

“For example, Reservoir is growing and we must also consider safer options for pedestrians and cyclists whilst improving our transport system. To make positive change we need the help of residents and commuters to engage with their candidates and let them know we need to have our worst level crossings removed, our roads around those crossings improved and safer options for both pedestrians and cyclists,” Cr Le Cerf said.

The City of Darebin will hold activation sessions at the Reservoir Rail Station and Preston Station Car Parks from September 17, and will have online and in person petitions to provide the community with the forum to have their voices heard.

“Reservoir and Preston deserve sustainable solutions. We are calling on residents and commuters to help us by letting candidates know what needs to be done.

“Council’s position provides a long term, cost effective solution that will create connected and safe communities, allowing retailers, commuters and residents to benefit from improved public spaces and reduced travel times.

“We all want to get home to our families and homes safely and quickly, so let’s work together to speak up and tell our candidates that we have to have our roads fixed and four level crossings removed.” Cr Le Cerf said.

The wider community can show their support for these significant infrastructure projects that will significantly improve our community by signing the petition.

The Darebin Advocacy Map and more information is available upon request.

Darebin Advocacy Programme 2018

Media Release - 18 September 2018

Here are some important points for you to consider:

The Darebin Council, on behalf of its community, is advocating for the removal of five level crossings and the essential overhaul of the surrounding roads to improve both public transport and traffic flows for people who live and commute through the municipality.

We are also asking you to show your support for investment in our existing and future sporting facility infrastructure.

  • Preston needs to have its worst level crossings at Bell Street, Murray Road, Cramer Street and Oakover Road removed. Currently, only the Bell Street Crossing is scheduled for removal.

Removing all crossings at the same time would result in improved traffic flow and is considerably more cost effective and efficient than just removing one crossing now.

  • In Reservoir, a crossing removal and station rebuild offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform pedestrian and vehicle access around the precinct. It will revitalise the Edwardes Street and Broadway shopping precincts. To take full advantage of this opportunity, work needs to be done to simplify the complex mess of connecting roads around the station.

The project is currently funded only for crossing removal and station rebuild, not for road work to improve traffic flow, pedestrian access and connect out community.

  • The Reservoir Leisure Centre needs redevelopment to meet the needs of our community into the future.
  • The 50-year-old Northcote Aquatic Centre is in a degraded condition and needs replacing.
  • The Darebin Council is also advocating for funding to build a much needed 4-court stadium for netball, basketball, futsal and badminton at the John Cain Memorial Park.

Darebin City Council knows that road and station restructures will create connected and safe communities, allowing retailers, commuters and residents to thrive and importantly reduce travel times.

Darebin City Council is committed to helping our community live active and healthy lives now and into the future by building and improving our sporting and recreation facilities

We need your help. Let’s work together to speak up and tell our candidates that we must have our roads fixed, five level crossings removed and investment in our recreation facilities. Show your support for these significant projects by signing the petition.

 

Council response to State Government announcement on Level Crossing Removal in Reservoir.

Mayor Cr Kim Le Cerf said,

“The City of Darebin has long advocated for the removal of level crossings across our City and so we welcome the Government’s announcement on Tuesday regarding Reservoir. 

However, we are disappointed that the State has not included enough funding for much needed improvements to the roads around the station as well.   This is a once in a generation opportunity to transform Reservoir.  It is just common sense to do all of the required works at the same time and this will also be less disruptive.

We will keep working to get the Government’s commitment so that our community gets the outcome it deserves.”

27 September 2018