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Carrum Community Update - August 2017

01 Aug 2017

Weʼre building a beach promenade in Carrum

As part of a $50 million revitalisation of Carrum, weʼre connecting McLeod Road right through to the beach.

The new road connection and beach promenade will provide safe and convenient access to the water, more beachside parking and a new community space for locals to enjoy.

The promenade will be unique to Carrum, providing a seamless connection between the beach and new village square.

These works will be delivered in addition to removing three dangerous and congested level crossings, connecting Station Street via a new bridge across the Patterson River, building a brand new Carrum Station and removing the Carrum train storage facility.

Your feedback on revitalising Carrum

In mid-2017 we asked the local community to tell us what they want to see as part of Carrum's revitalisation. We hosted community forums, door knocked local traders and hosted breakfasts, spoke to locals at our Carrum Station pop-ups and encouraged feedback via our online engagement hub.

There was a huge response with 1,350 ideas and pieces of feedback generated.

Through this engagement we have been able to better understand:

  • what makes Carrum a great place to live
  • the unique features of the area that the community values
  • what the community would like to see take shape in Carrum
  • specific ideas on landscapes and streetscapes, community spaces, beach access, walking and cycling connections and the look and feel of the rail bridge and station.

Many people told us that the proximity to the beach and the natural environment around the Patterson River are some of the key reasons people love Carrum. We also heard that the quiet, relaxed and peaceful character of Carrum was one of the key reasons people loved living in the area.

Below is a snapshot of the key things locals said they'd like to see as part of Carrum's revitalisation:

  • Improved connections between the beach, station and shops to make it safer and easier for people to access the things they love about Carrum
  • Increased parking, particularly to access the beach and local shops
  • Retain and enhance the beach look and feel of Carrum that is central to the character of the area
  • New and flexible community spaces for multiple uses
  • Minimising the visual impact of the station and elevated rail, and ensuring the design reflects the area's character
  • The use of native plants and trees as much as possible
  • Maintaining new community spaces and ensuring the materials used continue to look attractive for locals and visitors.

Feedback received has been developed into a Carrum Revitalisation Community and Stakeholder Feedback Guide that will help to influence the final designs as the project progresses. The feedback guide is available to read at Station Street, Carrum.

Carrum by numbers

18,206 – Video views

3,400 – Engagement HQ visits

138,351 – Reached on social media

730 – Visits to our mobile information hub

1,350 – Ideas generated for Carrum Revitalisation

5 – Carrum Station pop ups

42 – Trader door knocks

Why we are doing this

Throughout the project we've heard that the beach is central to Carrum's identity and that safe and convenient access is vital to locals.

Safe access to the beach is currently restricted to just one pedestrian crossing across the Nepean Highway. Limited sightlines at Old Post Office Lane and Stephens Street also make it hard for drivers to turn onto the busy Nepean Highway.

Locals told us that restricting access at Old Post Office Lane to improve safety would not be a convenient solution.

We also heard that locals wanted to keep the primary access to the beach as close as possible to the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club.

Traders were also concerned that restricting access at Old Post Office Lane would mean visitors would move to other beaches.

After investigating more options to provide better access to the beach, we found that the best option is to extend McLeod Road right through to the beach, allowing for more car parking, safer walking and cycling paths and a new community promenade for beachside activities.

This option will require minimal property acquisition. We are working very closely with all those affected to provide support and information throughout the process.

Get involved and provide feedback on the new beach connection and promenade at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/carrum.

Carrum Promenade: Connecting the beach to the heart of Carrum

  • Helping to boost trade for local shops, particularly in the busy summer months.
  • Creating extensive bay views from the heart of Carrum.
  • Providing new community space and trader parking in the new village square.
  • Providing safer access to public transport at the new Carrum Station.
  • Safe and convenient access for people to travel in any direction to and from the beach.
  • Additional parking near the beach and local shops.
  • New beachside amenities, which may include toilets and showers.
  • Improving safety by encouraging people to access the beach at the location monitored by the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club.

What we heard from you

  • “The most important part of Carrum is the beach. We need to ‘open up’ the beach and make its presence felt wherever you are in Carrum.”
  • “Retain the understated beach holiday feel – sand, sea, rock, native vegetation.”
  • “Better connection from the Carrum S.L.S.C. to the local shops.”

Where to from here

We are currently working with the two shortlisted bidders to find a construction partner for the project and further refine the designs.

Once the successful contractor is appointed we will continue to seek feedback from the community to help refine the final designs for the project.

Construction will start in Carrum in early 2018, beginning with construction of the new Station Street bridge across the Patterson River. Works to remove the Seaford Road, Seaford level crossing will also begin in early-mid 2018.

Project timeline

Date Project stage
2016

Initial investigations and identifying potential design options.

Presented design options.

Early 2017

Announced design solution.

Mid-late 2017

Held community workshops to hear your ideas for revitalising Carrum.

Tender process to choose a company to build the project.

2018

Construction starts in Carrum on the new Station Street bridge across the Patterson River.

Carrum Revitalisation Reference Group

We are looking for passionate community members to be part of the Carrum Revitalisation Reference Group (CRRG). Members will bring local knowledge and insight to the project to help us achieve the best outcome for Carrum.

To nominate for the CRRG, please visit your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/Carrum, or contact us on 1800 105 105 for a paper copy of the form. Applications close 27 August 2017.

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