Area 1 (Grange Road to Poath Road) StakeholderLiaison Group (SLG)

Meeting one executive summary

The first meeting of the Area 1 StakeholderLiaison Group (SLG) provided attendees with a summary of the project, includingan overview of construction and community engagement planning and activities undertakento date. Key points of discussion included: current offset car parking arrangementsand future potential car parking opportunities; construction impacts including potentialnoise impacts in and around Murrumbeena Station; engagement with neighbouringcouncils, particularly Stonnington Council; future interactions between the SLGand the Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP).

Areas of interest for discussion at future meetingsinclude disability access and pedestrian management during construction, and provisionof a four-week look ahead of construction activities.

Meeting two executive summary

The second meeting of the Area 1 SLG providedan overview of upcoming construction milestones, the detailed design process currentlyunderway and summarised the tree retention and removal planning process.

Key points of discussion included: tree removalundertaken to date, especially those trees removed opposite Ardyne Street; progressof the detailed design; an update on the Supreme Court Motion lodged by Lower OurTracks Incorporated (LOTI), and suggestions for vision boards and design updatesto be displayed on the hoardings around Murrumbeena and Carnegie Stations.

Topics flagged for discussion at the Octobermeeting include: further information around the design development for communityopen space, including a presentation from Tim Entwisle (COSEP Chair); informationabout the proposed Murrumbeena link road, and provision of a 'Construction 101'overview.

The third meeting of the Area 1 SLG providedan overview of upcoming construction milestones, a design development update andan explanation of the piling process.

Meeting three executive summary

Key points of discussion

Construction four-week look ahead: mobilisationof piling rigs, pilecap construction, piling and access platform construction, pilingactivities and pier erection at Murrumbeena Station, piling activities adjacentto Lorne Street and Girdwood Avenue, drainage works, tree and vegetationremoval, power pole relocations, foundation, piling and assembly works for temporaryoverhead wiring infrastructure, removal of redundant overhead wiring infrastructure,Carnegie Station platform retention works, signalling and cable work activities,identification, location and surveying of services under the ground using vacuumtrucks, overhead line equipment related service investigations and piling from Oakleighto Huntingdale and overhead line equipment steel erection and removal of redundantinfrastructure.

An overview of upcoming construction milestoneswas provided along with a synopsis of activities including station removal, lightinginstallation and Lend Leases' community day at Murrumbeena Primary School and theWatercourse in Keysborough.

Discussion occurred around the use of hoardingat the temporary stations at Carnegie and Murrumbeena, noting that these will beused to promote traders and project specific information. A suggestion was raisedthat the Murrumbeena hub trading hours should be extended. Feedback was providedthat the station bags which we handed out at Carnegie and Murrumbeena were wellreceived and the staff distributing these were 'delightful' and engaging.

Meeting four executive summary

The fourth meeting of the Area 1 SLG provided an overview of upcoming construction milestones and communications. A presentation was delivered by Professor Tim Entwisle, the Chair of the Community Open Space Expert Panel.

Key points of discussion

Construction look ahead – piling rigs are progressively moving through the rail corridor, completing works along Lorne Street and moving to the Carnegie area between Koornang and Murrumbeena roads. Pilecap construction has commenced at Murrumbeena and Carnegie. The first pier will be erected soon.

The gantry crane is expected to be delivered the end of January and will start erecting in February 2017. The straddle carrier is expected to commence in March 2017. A viewing platform will be available at Murrumbeena from mid-December 2016.

Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) – COSEP is overseeing plans for the 22.5 hectares of new public open space that will be created by elevating the Pakenham-Cranbourne Line, as well as its long-term maintenance. Membership includes members of local communities and councils, as well as organisations such as Bicycle Victoria, Victoria Police, and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.‚Äč An overview of some of the ideas generated by COSEP was provided.

Professor Tim Entwisle was inspired to get involved in the panel as it was a chance to shape brand new parkland in Melbourne and  extend his role at the Botanic Gardens. Professor Entwisle noted that he has been impressed by the level of engagement, enthusiasm and inspiration, particularly from the community members who applied to be a part of the panel.

Communications update – Recent communications have included: monthly construction update, quarterly newsletter, work notifications, tree retention summary report release, extension of Murrumbeena Info Hub hours on Saturday mornings and a recent meet the experts session at Murrumbeena Info Hub. An overview of the Murrumbeena Station design recently announced was also provided.

General discussion occurred on community sentiment and traffic congestion. The potential Murrumbeena link road was discussed and the project team confirmed that this link road was still 'proposed' at this point in time and would require further discussion with local community and Council. Boom gate down times was also discussed.

Meeting five executive summary

The fifth meeting of the Area 1 SLG provided an overview of upcoming construction milestones and communications. A presentation was delivered by the CTD Alliance on tree and vegetation procurement and a site tour occurred of Murrumbeena Station.

Key points of discussion

Construction update – the investigation into the piling rig incident at Carnegie has been completed. The project has implemented a range of responses to this incident, including removal of the steel cables from the rig's mast and securing of them onto the winch of all continuous flight auger (CFA) piling rigs. This, along with disconnecting the rig's winch controls, completely eliminates the risk of this incident happening again. Piling has since resumed and rigs are progressively moving through the rail corridor, completing works along Lorne Street and moving to the Carnegie area between Koornang and Murrumbeena roads. The first pile caps have been poured at Murrumbeena and Carnegie.

Tree and vegetation procurement – a significant number of trees and vegetation needs to be procured as part of the project. The age and size of these trees when they are planted will vary.

Communications update – Recent communications have included: work notifications and notifications about the piling rig incident including a meet the experts session to answer questions and concerns at the Murrumbeena Info Hub. The COSEP engagement portal is now live, where the public can join the discussion and have their say about the use of the 225,000 square metres of community open space that the project is creating. The project team is undertaking proactive trader and customer engagement activities in the lead up to the festive season including providing a coupon booklet to workers, offering promotions and discounts at local businesses, and a scavenger hunt competition encouraging customers into their local shops.

Meeting six executive summary

The sixth meeting of the Area 1 SLG provided an overview of upcoming construction milestones and communications.

Key points of discussion

Construction update -  Piling and pile cap works continue along the corridor, and pier erection is set to begin at Murrumbeena. Assembly of the gantry crane that will be used to construct the elevated rail in Area 1 will be starting soon, and its installation at Murrumbeena Station will start in February. A look ahead of rail disruptions was provided, including the temporary closure of Carnegie Station, which was recently reduced to 7 weeks instead of the originally scheduled 8.

Communications update - Recent communications have included: work notifications and notifications about the finalisation of the elevated design. The finalised elevated design is reflected by updated aerial maps, which are available on the project website. The COSEP engagement portal has now been open for over a month and has seen good levels of interest from the public.

Meeting seven executive summary

The seventh meeting of the Area 1 SLG provided an overview of upcoming construction milestones and communications.

Key points of discussion

Construction update - Piling and pile cap works continue along the corridor. Pier raising has now commenced at Murrumbeena, which 13 piers and crossheads now stood . Segments of the gantry crane that will be used to construct the elevated rail in Area 1 will be arriving on site at Murrumbeena Station to be assembled from the end of February through March.

Communications update – Recent communications have included work notifications – which includes letters to residents about the removal of trees at Hughesdale Station. These trees were marked for removal in the Tree Retention Summary Report available on the project website. There has also been social media content about pier raising and the arrival of the gantry cranes. Results from the first survey on the COSEP engagement portal saw 83 per cent of participants supporting the outdoor art gallery proposal. The second survey on trees and vegetation is now live.

The group were given a tutorial of the COSEP engagement portal, exploring the features and information available.

Meeting eight executive summary

The eight meeting of the Area 1 SLG provided a site tour of the Carnegie Station site as well as an overview of upcoming construction milestones and communications.

Key points of discussion

Construction update - Piling and pile cap works continue along the corridor. 33 piers have now been stood at Murrumbeena and Carnegie Stations. The first of two gantry cranes at Murrumbeena Station is being assembled, with one crossbeam still to be installed.

Communications update – Recent communications have included work notifications and a the latest project quarterly update. Social media updates about the assembly of the gantry crane have consistently been among the highest engaging posts across the project . The third open space survey, focusing on the linear park, is now available on the open space engagement hub.

The group were shown a time lapse video of works at Murrumbeena which included assembly of the gantry crane so far.

Meeting nine executive summary

The ninth meeting of the Area 1 SLG provided an overview of upcoming construction milestones and communications.

Key points of discussion

Construction update - Piling and pile cap works continue along the corridor, with around 71 per cent of piles completed in Area 1. Ground level building work at Carnegie and Murrumbeena Station are set to begin, as is construction of embankment retention works between Murrumbeena Station and Poath Road. The second gantry crane at Murrumbeena Station is being assembled, with the final crossbeam still to be installed.

Communications update – Recent communications have included work notifications and a series of videos on the open space.

The group were shown an animation of the gantry crane in action.

Meeting ten executive summary

The tenth meeting of the Area 1 SLG provided an overview of upcoming construction milestones and communications. Members were given a presentation on the gantry crane/straddle carrier construction methodology and were spoken to by Small Business Mentoring Services.

Key points of discussion

Construction update – Both gantry cranes are assembled at Murrumbeena Station and are going through final commissioning. The first span has now been fully assembled and stressed and is ready to be lifted and placed. Support pier installation continues and 40 per cent of piers have now been installed in Area 1. Piling and pile cap construction continue through the corridor.

Communications update – Survey #4 is now available on the open space engagement portal, this survey is about community spaces. The March/April construction updates have been distributed.

Meeting eleven executive summary

The eleventh meeting of the Area 1 SLG provided an overview of upcoming construction milestones and communications. Members were given an update and look ahead on construction and communication activities.

Key points of discussion

Construction update – The first six spans have been installed in the Murrumbeena Station area by the gantry cranes. The cranes will install two more before the station closes on 17 June. All parts of the straddle carrier have arrived on site and will be lifted onto the structure during the station closure to begin placing the remaining spans in Area 1. Support pier installation continues and over 50 per cent of piers have now been installed in Area 1. Piling and pile cap construction continue through the corridor and piling is 90 per cent complete.

Communications update – The latest quarterly newsletter is now being distributed to residents along the whole corridor. A fact sheet about the straddle carrier has also been finalised and is being distributed to residents. The group were also given a run through of the interactive 3D model which is being shown to impacted residents along the corridor and will be available at both info hubs.

Meeting twelve executive summary

The twelfth meeting of the Area 1 SLG provided an overview of upcoming construction milestones and communications. Members were given an update and look ahead on construction and communication activities.

Key points of discussion

Construction update – The first support beam that will be used by the straddle carrier has been lifted onto the structure at Murrumbeena Station area by the gantry cranes. Part of the concrete deck and steel mesh screen between viaducts above the station have also been installed. The straddle carrier is mostly assembled now with electrical commissioning currently taking place.

Communications update – The detailed design for Clayton Station has been released and a successful design event was held in Clayton. Pop up sessions have been hosted about the straddle carrier for impacted residents with more sessions to come. During the school holidays there were a number of family fun days hosted at the Murrumbeena Hub to help bring locals to the area to support traders while the station is closed.

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