ST KILDA ROAD IS BEING VANDALISED
HERITAGE VICTORIA GIVES GO AHEAD TO CUT DOWN TREES
JOIN A PUBLIC PROTEST THIS WEDNESDAY 21ST AT 1PM – 1.30PM
COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF THE DISASTER OF OUR BEAUTIFUL BOULEVARD
VENUE: ALBERT PARK RESERVE, ALBERT ROAD: IN THE TRIANGLE OF GRASS AND TREES BEHIND THE FENCED OFF WORK SITE
(West side of St Kilda Rd, opposite the Shrine)
TRAM: GET OFF AT DOMAIN INTERCHANGE
Bring posters, write slogans
HERITAGE VICTORIA – History from 1862 abandoned
Hard to believe the body whose only job is to protect our heritage, gave the green light to begin the process to destroy this Melbourne icon.
And without the final design decided. – Those who pay the piper call the tune. Same applies to the MMRA – Stuff the public, they only get in the way.
St Kilda Road and a surrounding precinct encompassing the Shrine of Remembrance and Domain Parklands have officially joined the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Uluru and the MCG on the National Heritage List. Thanks to Barry Jones AC, and Tom Harley.
But the decision – announced by federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg on Sunday Feb.11, 2018– comes too late to save nearly 100 plane and elm trees from the chainsaw.
Traffic along St Kilda Road will be severely restricted for at least two to three years when all but one lane of traffic is closed in each direction around the Domain tram interchange. While planning for the project pushes ahead, there is growing community concern the process has been rushed and that construction methods with less impact have not been properly considered.
Promised consultation rarely happens, and when it does officials tell the locals what is going to happen.
We were promised a lot of offset road works to divert St Kilda Road traffic, appart from tinkering around the edges little has happened.
Residents are already experiencing noise and disruption as work around the site ramps up.
How can a Government that we put in office to protect our heritage, allow this wanton destruction to take place? Our forefathers back in the nineteenth century designed this magnificent boulevard from a dirt track for the citizens of Melbourne. Make no mistake, the station can be moved a short distance to save St Kilda Road.
Who and why ?
St Kilda Road action group is working on behalf of 8,000 plus directly affected residents, Domain Precinct Preservation Association, Save St Kilda Road, who are working tirelessly behind the scenes, other interested groups, commuters and individuals estimated at 150,000 plus, affected by by this inappropriate development. 24 hours a day 7 days a week for 5 years. The worksite almost touches the buildings.
Without Government power behind it and its Minister’s ability to make executive decisions, the MMRA would not be able to proceed. Heritage and traffic issues are far from resolved
It is rarely acknowledged that this proposed devastation is not just to build the station it is the main work site for the whole project, Including the launch site for the huge tunnel boring machines.
MMRA promised consultation? – It never happened.
Many who live, work, commute through and love this iconic boulevard are outraged at the proposal by Melbourne Rail Authority and the Government’s plans re the destruction around the Domain tram interchange area, for the Domain Station. To be now known as Anzac Station.
MMRA called for alternate submissions, all were knocked back because they didn’t meet the Ministers declaration that it the station had to be located under St Kilda Road and Albert Road. You would think this was joke if it wasn’t so serious.
St Kilda Road is one of Melbourne’s best serviced areas for public transport, why we need a train station is beyond me. South Yarra, 5 minutes along the track is crying out for a station but the Government says it will not fund it.
MMRA recently “reviewed ” the positioning of the station and surprise surprise without outside consultation found their location would be unchanged.
Is it any wonder the group are so disenchanted with Government. The new Domain tram interchange only built in 2013, at a cost of over $10,000,000 is to be demolished to build the new underground station.
Alternate proposals, one by Engineer William McIntosh to move St Kilda Road Domain Station adjacent to Toorak Road in Fawkner Park. Read the Toorak Road Station Proposal here.
The other by Robert Brunner. The Robert Brunner Proposal
Robert says the current proposed location is so bad that the only good word for it comes from the MMRA and the Government.
It is hard to find anything good to say about the current location and the proposed method of construction. The issues resolved by this new location of the Domain Station are:
Major issues resolved: The upgrade works on many of the surrounding roads would not be necessary.
The reduction in lanes on St Kilda Road would be unnecessary.
The impact on residents would be minimal.
The impact on traffic would be minimal.
Albert Road closure would be unnecessary.
Bowen Crescent closure would be unnecessary.
Any delays in the project would not extend the pain to the community.
Access to residential, retail and businesses would not be affected.
Realignment of the tunnel from CBD South Station to Punt Road would reduce the length of the tunnel and rail lines by some 80m. The station would now have two ‘real’ exits for safety.
A third exit is also possible with direct access to the Shrine Level.
Overall direct cost savings estimate is in the order of $828M (see appendix).
Indirect cost savings in the order of $100M due to no loss of land value in the area, no increase in travels times, no loss of productivity for Victorians
Views expressed are those of the contributors.
The Save St Kilda Road Group are very professional and are the best contact if you wish to assist in any way including donations. Petitions, Facebook, twitter etc.
WHO WOULD WANT TO PUT A BULLDOZER THROUGH THIS?
Save St Kilda Road