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Wellington Street Upgrade Works Stage 3 complete – almost!

Stage 3 works commenced 29 March 2021 and construction works were completed on or about 24 May 2021 including: 

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We hope that you agree that it is already a great improvement – just the Jacarandas to be planted in July 2021.

 

 

Astor Triangle

Wellington Street Stage 3 works also included changes emanating from JAAG’s budget request to transform the “Astor Triangle” (the land next to the Astor).  

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The area has been enhanced to provide a more practical and safer area for pedestrians, school children, cyclists and theatre patrons.  It includes seating and bike racks and a shaded area requiring limited  maintenance and a better amenity as a suitable entrance to our city.

 

The existing trees have been removed, stumps will be removed soon and Jacarandas will be planted in early July. IMG_5974

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Queens Way Retaining Walls

 

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The Department of Transport (DoT) commenced planting works of the outbound terrace.  The graffiti removal program will continue until the end of June 2021. DoT continue to progress planning to seek funding for medium and long-term finishing treatments to mitigate graffiti into the future.

See the DoT’s community updates below for more details:

Queens Way Community Update_May 2021

Community Update Queens Way Retaining Walls Feb

 Community Update Repair of Retaining Walls Queens Way 

JAAG continues to be in discussion with DoT concerning the treatment of the retaining walls.  

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St Kilda Junction Pedestrian Underpass and Bridge

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JAAG continues to liaise with Council and others regarding lack of maintenance to the underpass and vandalism including damage to lighting as well as continued graffiti and tagging.

Safety works are progressing towards rectification of footpath and lighting which should take place by end of June.

Council secured funding from the State government in relation to graffiti management and its removal from third party assets across the City. The grant will support specific delivery of public art in the City such as at the St Kilda junction underpass. Council proposes to refresh the murals and deliver public art reflecting a fitting “Welcome to St Kilda” to those passing through and visiting our city. 

Council is working closely with the Department of Transport (DoT) regarding the undesirable state of the pedestrian underpass as assets are shared between Council the State. The structure is the responsibility of the Department, whereas the pedestrian elements such as the surface, wall treatments, lighting, drainage, etc. are the responsibility of Council.

Council officers have incorporated the ongoing maintenance of the underpass into the cleaning and graffiti management program. The underpass will be regularly swept, graffiti removed, rubbish collected, and the area maintained. 

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8 Punt Road – further proposed changes to the planning permit

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There is an application now at VCAT for proposed changes to the planning permit 1227/2015B for 8-12 Punt Road & 3-7 Wellington St, St Kilda.  This will be the fourth amendment to the original plans. The hearing dates are:

Compulsory Conference – 1 June, 2021 10am – 1pm 

Major Case Hearing – 2 – 6 August, 2021 10am to 4pm

 

Click the link for a copy of the Statement of Changes  8 Punt Rd – VCAT – Statement of changes Gurner 23-12-2020

Below is the link on Council’s website of the proposed plans, scroll down the page to ” Updates to  documents and plans” and it is last in a list of 4.

https://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/planning-and-building/get-a-planning-permit/appeal-a-decision-vcat

For all the details on this planning permit go to our Planning page

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Crime Surge

Police have asked for residents to call 000 for urgent Police matters in our community and not to call the local police station (unless you are specifically in contact with a representative).  000 calls are all logged and provide police with statistics which enables them to allocate resources where required on an on-going basis.  However, the Police have now created a separate number for non urgent calls.  You can call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 (or go online) to report property related crime such as theft or property damage or to make general police enquiries. You should call Triple Zero (000) if the incident is life-threatening, needs immediate police attendance, a crime is happening now or an offender is (or may be) still in the area.

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St Kilda Junction Infrastructure Works – on hold

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Works aimed at upgrading a section of pedestrian footpaths and crossings between St Kilda Road and Punt Road and further south along St Kilda Road on the east side did not commence in February 2021 as scheduled.  Update as at 1 March 2021 – Port Phillip Council contacted the Department of Transport (DoT) some weeks ago to provide addition information as requested. DoT have not yet responded providing permission for Council to carry out the works on their assets hence these works are on hold.

These works have been targeted to improve accessibility. Specifically this work will:

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St Kilda Junction Masterplan

IMG_3024St Kilda Junction is one of the most complex convergence of roads in Port Phillip (Queens Road, St Kilda Road, Punt Road, Fitzroy Street and Barkly Street). It serves as a gateway to Fitzroy Street, St Kilda Beach and the foreshore, and remains a key intersection for vehicular, bicycle, walking and public transport movements.  The last five years has seen increased high scale residential development south of St Kilda Junction ranging from 8 to 26 storeys. The increased growth has impacted on the local amenity and changes are required to protect and enhance the liveability of new residents.

JAAG has been working with CoPP Council  since 2017 to bring about important safety changes needed for St Kilda Junction.  Council and JAAG  still continue to advocate to State government to bring about necessary changes to this infrastructure to prevent more deaths and injuries occurring to cyclists and pedestrians as well as vehicle collisions.

To read more about JAAG’s involvement in the development of a masterplan see Recent Posts on the right hand side of this web page.

Detailed timeline of the St Kilda Junction Masterplan.

To read about the St Kilda Junction Substation go to the Planning Page.

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St Kilda Road Bike Lanes – media release October 2020

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Click on the link for media release on safer cycling and more bike routes Media release 7-10-20 Safer Cycling And More Routes To Keep Melbourne Moving

In 2019 the State Government announced changes to St Kilda Road bike lanes.  There will be a combination of central safety zone bike lanes and Copenhagen-style kerbside bike lanes, but there is no detail about where along the route the different treatments will be applied and how the transition through St Kilda Junction will be managed .

JAAG continues to liaise with the relevant parties, in particular regarding the links with the St Kilda Junction Master Plan project. You can find more information about the proposed changes at the Major Road Projects Victoria website https://roadprojects.vic.gov.au/projects/st-kilda-road-bike-lanes

A Council contribution of $280,000  to the development of temporary central safety improvements for bike riders along St Kilda Road from St Kilda Junction toward the CBD was approved at the Council budget meeting in August 2020, subject to State government funding the balance.

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Albert Park News

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Want to get out into the fresh air and make a difference to your precinct? Volunteering opportunities are now available again at Albert Park. 

There is a focus on the southern end of the park, park entrances and Lakeside drive partnering with volunteers and corporates.

Go to the Community News page for all the details on how to get involved.

JAAG continues to meet with Parks Victoria to discuss the implementation plans for the south-east area of Albert Park Reserve at the Fitzroy Street interface.

The Albert Park Masterplan, the 25 year vision for Albert Park, was released by Parks Victoria (June 2019). The Master Plan will guide improvements to Albert Park over the next 25 years, “ensuring it meets the diverse and changing needs of visitors, while enhancing the health and wellbeing of visitors to the park”.  For more information follow the link to the post on this website ALBERT PARK MASTER PLAN

You can also view the master plan by following the link to the Parks Victoria website  Albert Park Master Plan

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