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Carrum community update – October 2018

20 Oct 2018

The Level Crossing Removal Authority is removing 13 level crossings along the Frankston line to improve safety and reduce congestion. Five level crossings are already gone, including the level crossing at Seaford Road, Seaford that has made it easier for locals to get in and out of the area.

Major works will start in early 2019 to remove the dangerous and congested level crossings in Carrum and create a more direct road network for locals. Designs for the $50 million transformation of Carrum have also been updated based on what we heard from the local community earlier this year.

The new vibrant open spaces will connect and enhance Carrum’s beach side feel and create cool and shady places for respite during the hot summer months while locals and visitors enjoy the beach.

A new building in the beach promenade and canopies throughout Carrum will provide places for people to gather and enjoy at any time of the year. We’ll continue to update the designs to include other elements we’ve heard are important to the local community.

Design render for beach promenade with water-play area and cafe/kiosk

Artist impression: Beach promenade with water-play area and café/kiosk

Carrum Revitalisation

Nearly 500 survey responses from the local community, collected online and through community engagement hubs in August 2018, have helped to refine the designs for the new beach promenade and village square.

We heard that locals want a natural yet functional space that can be enjoyed by the community all year round. Places to gather and enjoy, spots to eat food from local traders, and areas to picnic and BBQ were all highlighted as ways you’d like to enjoy the area.

Spaces that mix formal tables and seating with stone, timber and recycled materials were all highlighted by locals as important. The community space should also enhance the character of Carrum with a wide range of planting that incorporates native trees and shrubs while also planting statement trees that fit in with the beachside look and feel.

We also heard you want to reflect Carrum's rich history by including local indigenous art and design features into the design. Improving walking and cycling connections and facilities between Carrum Station, the beach and local shops, as well as the provision of parking were also highlighted as important for the local community.

Public safety is a high priority to ensure that people can visit the area at any time and the space feels safe and welcoming. Key to this is ensuring there is appropriate lighting and the area is well maintained to remove graffiti.

The majority of people wanted to see a cafe or kiosk in the new multi-purpose building in the beach promenade that would provide a place to sit and enjoy the new beach view.

Our design team has worked hard to update the designs for the beach promenade and village square based on this feedback to create a Carrum you will love to get out and enjoy throughout the year. Let us know what you think about the updated designs.

Artist impression: McLeod Road extension and beach promenade

Artist impression: McLeod Road extension and beach promenade

Indigenous and heritage inclusion

We heard from the local community and the Carrum Revitalisation Reference Group how important it is to reflect the indigenous culture and rich history of Carrum in the design.

Our team is currently working on concepts that will reflect this feedback as we progress to final design.

We’re also investigating opportunities to reincorporate part of Carrum’s history into the design through preserving and repurposing materials from Seacombe House at 641 Nepean Highway and Carrum Station.

We’ll keep you posted on our progress to tell Carrum’s story throughout its new spaces.

Artist impression: McLeod Road extension to the beach

Artist impression: McLeod Road extension to the beach

Station Street bridge ramps

Construction of the ramps connecting to the Patterson River paths is underway.The ramps will connect with the walking trails either side of the Patterson River, reinstating the important community connections to the beach and river.

The ramp on the Bonbeach side of the river will be completed by the end of 2018, with access under the bridge to the beach reinstated. Work on the ramp on the Carrum side of the river will continue until early 2019, with all bridge works completed by the end of April 2019.

The pedestrian pathway under Patterson River Bridge between Launching Way and the Beauty Spot will remain closed to all pedestrian movements until early 2019, to facilitate completion of the ramp and all works on the bridge by the end of April 2019.

Station Street Bridge opening ceremony

The local community came out strong to help celebrate the long-awaited opening of the Station Street bridge over Patterson River.

More than 1000 people attended the event, which began with a Welcome to Country and traditional smoking ceremony. Excited children were the first through the official banner, followed by hundreds of others who walked across the 80-metre bridge, while a Patterson River CFA firetruck was the first public vehicle to cross the bridge.

The crowd moved to The Beauty Spot to enjoy music from the Patterson River Secondary College band and local group The Jackson Four, kids’ entertainment and refreshments during the three-hour celebration.

Children running through a banner for the newly opened bridge over Patterson River

Children running through the newly opened bridge over Patterson River

Station Street road bridge facts

  • Work started in March 2018 and the bridge opened to traffic on Saturday 22 September.
  • Two massive cranes used at Launching Way, one weighing 250 tonnes and the other 200 tonnes.
  • 20 piles and 32 beams support the bridge.
  • Nearly 33,500 hours worked.
  • 1300 cubic metres of concrete used.
  • The new bridge is 80 metres long and 16 metres wide.

New Changing Places

As part of the new beach promenade we’re building a new Changing Places facility to improve access for people living with disabilities to the new Carrum precinct and beach.

Changing Places facilities provide more equipment and space than a standard accessible toilet, making it easier and safer to use. Find out more about Changing Places on their website.

Patterson River access

With the new bridge open, the construction site at Launching Way will be removed in stages. Sections of the car park will be returned to the community as machinery is moved off-site. We will continue to reduce our presence at Launching Way. We understand the importance of Launching Way and snapper season to locals.

We have been working closely with the operators to reduce the size of our site and provide traffic management on busy weekends to ensure smooth operation for ramp users. While we continue to work on the walking and cycling ramps to reinstate beach and river access we still require a small site presence at Launching Way and on the river.

Every effort is being made to minimise our footprint and impact on river users. Boaters are reminded of the safety measures near the Station Street bridge ramps as this is still an active work site.

An Aboriginal elder performering the Welcome to Country smoking ceremony

Carrum info hub now open

Locals can find out more about level crossing removal works and see the updated Carrum revitalisation designs at the new community information hub. The hub is located next to the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club, in Old Post Office Lane. Visit the Carrum project page for opening hours.

Project Timeline

DateProgress
Late 2018– early 2019 Station Street bridge ramps to Patterson River paths complete:
Bonbeach side–end of 2018
Carrum side–early 2019
All works on bridge complete–April 2019
Early 2019 Utility services Carrum Station precinct
Early/mid 2019 Major works start to remove Carrum Station level crossing

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