Edithvale and Bonbeach Community Reference Group
31 Oct 2017
About the Community Reference Group
The Edithvale and Bonbeach Community Reference Group (CRG) is an advisory group that assists the project team by providing a local perspective on project issues and ensuring that there is effective communication between the project team and the local community. The group meets quarterly and is made up of local community representatives. The first CRG meeting was held on 7 September 2017.
CRG meeting summary - August 2019
The sixth and final Edithvale and Bonbeach Community Reference Group (CRG) meeting was held on 21 August 2019. The Edithvale and Bonbeach CRG was established to advise on the now finalised Environment Effect Statement process.
The CRG was updated on the announcement that works to remove the level crossings at Swanpool Avenue, Chelsea Road and Argyle Avenue in Chelsea were being fast tracked to be done concurrently with the level crossing removals at Edithvale Road in Edithvale and Bondi Road in Bonbeach. Three new stations will be built at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach, and a new road connection created at Thames Promenade in Chelsea to Nepean Highway. Lochiel Avenue crossing will also be closed.
Planning Scheme Amendment update
The CRG was updated on the Chelsea Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) process which commenced on 29 July. The PSA, required before construction can commence in Chelsea, is a common process used for infrastructure projects including most level crossing removal projects in Melbourne.
Community consultation is an important part of the PSA process and an online submission process was opened as well as in a hardcopy form, which was available at the Chelsea Information Sessions. Submissions close on 4 September 2019.
LXRP is working with stakeholders to have all project approvals in place by the end of 2019.
The CRG was advised that LXRP will establish two new groups to represent the combined project areas of Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach. The Stakeholder Liaison Group will comprise of community members who represent the interests of local residents and community groups. The Trader Reference Group will include local traders and business representatives to help the project support local businesses during construction. Both groups will be advertised for expressions of interest.
The CRG was also updated on LXRP’s recent community engagement which involved three Community Information Sessions held at the Chelsea Town Hall on 3, 8 and 15 August, with another session scheduled for 29 August at the Mentone Information Hub.
CRG meeting summary - June 2019
The fifth Edithvale and Bonbeach Community Reference Group (CRG) meeting was held on 12 June 2019.
The CRG was given an overview of the current works along the Frankston line and an update on the Edithvale and Bonbeach level crossing removals. Initial construction will commence at both sites in mid-2020 and be completed in 2022.
The CRG was updated on field investigations underway in Chelsea including: geotechnical, groundwater, traffic and locating utility services had commenced.
The Environment Effects Statement has been approved by the State and Federal Environment Ministers and was finalised in December 2018. A rail under road solution was determined not to negatively impact the wetlands or groundwater. The CRG was given an overview of Commonwealth and State government environmental performance requirements and advised that environment performance requirements and other conditions will need to be met throughout the project.
The CRG was advised that a Public Scheme Amendment (PSA) will be required before works can start on the Chelsea level crossing removals. The PSA process is commonly used for infrastructure projects including most level crossing removal projects in Melbourne. The PSA process will give the local community the opportunity to provide feedback and raise concerns.
CRG meeting summary - June 2018
The fourth Edithvale and Bonbeach Community Reference Group (CRG) meeting was held on 26 June 2018.
The group was given an overview of the current works along the Frankston line and artist impressions of Edithvale and Bonbeach project sites, created for the Environment Effects Statement (EES) Inquiry, were presented. There was discussion about car parking, landscaping, pedestrian overpasses, the new sub-station at Edithvale and power pole relocation.
A summary of the EES Inquiry and highlights from the public hearings were shared with the group. The next steps were outlined and the group was reminded the EES process is managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning not LXRA.
The group was reminded about the role of the Edithvale and Bonbeach CRG to share information and feed information back to the community to help shape the projects.
The group agreed to hold the next meeting in December 2018, after the EES process is complete.
A video on Traffic improvements in Carrum and Seaford was presented to the group and there was discussion around anticipated traffic volumes in the area, car parking issues, boom gate sequencing and traffic signalling at Bonbeach and Edithvale.
CRG meeting summary – March 2018
The third Edithvale and Bonbeach Community Reference Group (CRG) was held on 19 March 2018.
The group received an overview of works on the Frankston line, including construction progress at Skye/Overton Road, Frankston, Seaford Road, Seaford, the Station Street bridge, and the planning progress at Carrum, Cheltenham, Mentone, Edithvale and Bonbeach sites.
An overview of predicted traffic impacts during and after construction was provided by LXRA’s Senior Project Manager on behalf of VicRoads. The group expressed concern about increased traffic resulting from the Station Street extension and cycling access. The group was advised that traffic investigations indicated no issues around the road’s capacity. A traffic management plan for the Edithvale and Bonbeach projects will be prepared and LXRA is working with Kingston Council and VicRoads on the final road layout.
An overview ofthe EES key findings was provided to the group before its public exhibition from 19 March – 2 May 2018. The EES process found that trenches are feasible at both sites, with no impact on the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands and minor impacts on ground water levels and quality, to be monitored. The group discussed how groundwater levels and quality will be monitored, and were advised that Environmental Performance Requirements will be set as part of the project and function to hold parties accountable.
Information was provided to the group on the EES exhibition locations and drop in session times, resources available to help understand the EES findings, and the process for how to make a submission.
The group asked about the next steps in the EES process and was advised an independent inquiry panel will consider the EES and public submissions before a report is provided to the Minster for Planning. The Minister will make his Assessment towards the end of 2018.
CRG meeting summary – November 2017
The second Edithvale and Bonbeach Community Reference Group (CRG) Meeting was held on 9 November 2017.
Two shortlisted consortiums have been identified for the Carrum works, the Seaford level crossing and the Kananook train storage facility and LXRA will select a construction partner by the end of the year.
Technical investigations continue and will inform the design process.
Feedback from the September 2017 community workshop indicated the community was largely supportive of the island platform and the locations of the pedestrian overpasses. The group was encouraged to provide feedback via the online survey, closing in December.
Technical investigations are being undertaken as part of the EES process. Groundwater modelling is being used to predict the impacts of the proposed trenches at both sites. The EES approval process was explained to the group, and the establishment of a Technical Reference Group to review all EES documentation to ensure LXRA is complying with relevant legislation.
The group requested information on the types of enquiries LXRA receives and how they are managed. Members were advised that most queries relate to:
- urban design
- vegetation and tree removals
- responses to communications.
Feedback from the September community workshop was discussed. The themes were; walking and cycling connections, planning/managing construction and look and feel of the news station precincts. CRG members were encouraged to contribute feedback via LXRA’s online survey to feed into the design process.
The City of Kingston Council provided an overview of the Council’s role in the project to ensure local community needs are considered, and as part of the Technical Reference Group for the EES process. The group was advised that LXRA work closely with the Council on planning, communications and traffic management during construction.
CRG meeting summary – September 2017
The first Edithvale and Bonbeach Community Reference Group (CRG) meeting was held on 7 September 2017 and commenced with an introduction from Tim Richardson, Member for Mordialloc. CRG and Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) members then introduced themselves with a focus on highlighting their specific interest in the Edithvale and Bonbeach projects.
Three presentations were given by LXRA:
The group was shown a visual of the latest concept design options of the sites at Edithvale and Bonbeach which included an 'island’ platform. Other key design changes included two points of entry to the station/platform as well as the inclusion of a shared user path.
An introduction to the Environment Effects Statement (EES)
LXRA’s Senior Planning and Environmental Specialist explained the purpose of an EES, why the projects were subject to an EES, and details of the EES process. Tim Richardson, Member of Mordialloc, took the opportunity to remind the group that the rail trench is the only design option the Victorian Government is exploring. Sonya Kilkenny, Member for Carrum, reiterated the EES will determine the feasibility of the proposed trench design and how to mitigate any issues with the design.
The Stakeholder Relations and Communications Manager explained the communications and engagement activities carried out by the project to date, and planned activities. CRG members were encouraged to attend the upcoming community workshop (to be held on 14 September 2017) and were reminded of how to get involved and stay up-to-date with the project.
Areas of interest for discussion at future meetings include traffic, car parking, protecting the wetlands, community and business impacts.