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Friday, 9 December 2016

CityLink Works

We have received the following information from CityLink regarding works over the months ahead. You may need to consider this when planning travel over the Bolte Bridge in the next few months.

From the night of Monday 5 December, work will start on CityLink in both directions between the West Gate Freeway and Flemington Road to add an extra lane in each direction and install new technology to reduce congestion and improve safety.

To minimise disruption to drivers, our crews will work nights only to ensure construction does not impact peak periods on the road.

The following road conditions will be in place to facilitate the works: 
  • Speed limit reduced to 80 km/h during the day
  • Speed limit further reduced to 40 km/h or 60 km/h during night time road works
  • Existing emergency lane shifted from the left to the right of the traffic lanes
  • Drivers will be shifted to the left and will travel in the three left lanes
  • The fourth (right) lane will be used as an emergency lane until the freeway management system is in place in mid-2017, which will allow us to open all four lanes to drivers and remotely turn any lane into an emergency lane when required
For more information go to http://citylinktullawidening.vic.gov.au.

Port People Newsletter

Port People (www.portpeople.org.au) have issued their latest newsletter which has reports on Fishermans Bend and the recent Council elections.  It can be downloaded here (warning - it's 12MB in size).

Maritime Cove Park and Playground

The Port of Melbourne have provided the following information which may be of interest:

Construction of the new park and playground facility on the foreshore at Perce White Reserve is well underway. The first of the park’s play equipment has been installed including re-purposed maritime assets comprising buoys, a crows nest and channel markers. Work has also started on new climbing 
attractions and the installation of replica shipping containers. Alternative access to boardwalks and Webb Trail may be in place from time-to-time to enable works. 

New Bike Path for Webb Dock Precinct


A new ‘linear’ park on port land running parallel to Todd Road has been created, linking the bay foreshore through to Westgate Park. This shared landscaped pathway features drinking fountains, seating and earth mounds set amongst native plants.

A final section is due for completion in November creating a continuous pathway running from the Yarra River near the West Gate Bridge, through Westgate Park along Todd Road, joining with Perc White Reserve and the Webb Dock trail to the new observation platform at Webb Point.

Monday, 21 November 2016

BCNA and Port People Host Air Quality Study

The Victorian Ports Corporation has been monitoring air quality at Station Pier since January 2016. To help interpret the results, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPAV) has suggested a citizen science project. The idea is that the collection of additional information such as smell, wind direction and photos can help in the interpretation of the data collected at the monitoring station. The BCNA has now developed an air quality study with EPAV and, with Port People, are seeking volunteers to record data. We particularly want volunteers from households or businesses who occasionally or regularly experience smells that are likely to come from shipping emissions at Station Pier or Webb Dock.

If you are interested in participating, an information sheet explaining the project can be downloaded here.

A diary has been prepared in which you can record information for this study. It can be completed either electronically (preferred) using this spreadsheet or completed by hand using this form. Diary entries will need to be emailed or posted back to us each month (details on how to do this are on each form).

A report will be prepared at the conclusion of the project and made available to the community.

BCNA President's Report 2016

Last week's AGM of the Beacon Cove Neighbourhood Association was well attended and had a number of interesting presentations from VICT (the operator of the new Webb Dock container terminal), our local state MP, Martin Foley, and the new CoPP councillor for Gateway Ward, Marcus Pearl.

The report from the President, Eddie Micallef, can be downloaded here.

City of Port Phillip - Open Spaces

We have received the following news from the Council about local open spaces:

JL Murphy Reserve (the big park over Williamstown Road) - they are seeking your input to inform a concept design for the play space. Help them out by completing a short survey or come down to the Port Melbourne Primary School Fete on Sunday 27 November at 1:00pm to chat with the team.

Centenary Reserve has been upgraded with new equipment, facilities, landscaping and even a bright orange Ping Pong table.

Latest City of Port Phillip CEO Report

The latest report from the CEO of the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Westgate Freeway Ramp Closures - 18 November to 16 December

Those of you who enter or exit the Westgate Freeway/Citylink will probably be aware of the works currently being done on both Cook Street (between Todd Road and the eastbound entry/exit from the freeway) and on the westbound entry ramp from Todd Road (the one with the very sharp left hand turn).

It seems that the final stages of this work (expected to be finished by the end of December) will require night (7pm-5am) closures of these roads for profiling, asphalt wearing course and linemarking. Prohasky Street does not seem to be affected by the closures.

Details of the road closures and associated detours (which are rather complex) can be downloaded here.  Allow extra time for the detours or just use Prohasky Street and/or Montague Street rather than Todd Road during this period.

In summary, the closures are:
  • 19-29 November - Cook Street (one carriageway at a time)
  • 27 November to 5 December - westbound (to Geelong) entry ramp from Todd Road
  • 4-15 December - eastbound (from Geelong) exit from freeway
If you have any questions or concerns about the works, please contact Mark Davies, Project Manager, BMD Constructions on 0414 613 338 or email webbdockimprovements@bmd.com.au.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Port Melbourne History Tours

Thanks to Port People (www.portpeople.org.au), we have been alerted to the following:

Port Melbourne Town Hall tours
  • These will be run by ex-councillor and Waterfront Welcomer Russel Griffiths 
  • Tours run every half hour between 10am and 12 noon on Friday 11th November and Wednesday 16th November 
  • RSVP dmccaffrey@ischs.org.au or 0459 988 353
Multimedia exhibition stories of Fishermans Bend and Port Melbourne
  • Port Melbourne Library Corridor Gallery, 333 Bay Street Port Melbourne
  • This free exhibition runs to 17th November 2016
More details can be downloaded here.