Seaford Road, Seaford community update - May 2019
31 May 2019
Seaford revitalisation in motion
The Victorian Government is removing 18 dangerous and congested level crossings on the Frankston line, and building a new train storage facility to improve safety, reduce congestion and run more trains, more often.
The Seaford project is taking shape as works continue on walking and cycling paths and landscaping and design treatments. Along Bardia Avenue our crews have been modifying drainage along the rail corridor to prepare for the new six-kilometre walking and cycling path that will run from Carrum to Frankston.
We have installed timber benches at the bus stop on Railway Parade and are putting the finishing touches to the pedestrian underpass from Railway Parade to RF Miles Reserve.
Above: Preparing to plant the first coast banksia trees.
Planting gets underway
We put our green thumbs to work in April as 30,000 trees and shrubs went in the ground, kicking off the first stage of planting for the Seaford revitalisation.
In early April members of the Seaford Community Reference Group were involved in planting some of the first coast banksia trees. These trees were grown from seeds collected from the site before works started, with some almost 1.8 metres tall already.
The group strongly advocated for more indigenous and native planting and representation of the Indigenous history of the area in the design. The planting was a great way to celebrate their contribution to the project.
In late April, local school students also helped to make Seaford greener, making the most of this optimal planting season. Dense planting of indigenous and native vegetation will continue in late 2019 with more than 70,000 trees and shrubs to be planted.
Above: A coast banksia being planted in Seaford.
Here are some of the plants that you will see popping up around Seaford
|Indigenous name:||Birrna (Gunai people)|
|Distribution:||East coast of Australia from Geelong, Victoria to Proserpine, Queensland|
|Height:||Grows up to 20 metres|
|Ecology:||This tree attracts bees, various birds such as honeyeaters, wattlebirds, lorikeets, and mammals including gliders and flying foxes.|
|Reason tree was selected:||Traditionally this tree was one of the most common in the area and was selected to reinstate the area’s original character. It is long lived, has yellow bottle brush flowers, an ability to grow in sandy and acidic soils, and is resistant to wind and airborne salt.|
Drooping Sheoak Indigenous
|Worgnal (Bundjalung people)|
|Distribution:||East coast of Australia including Tasmania|
|Height:||Grows up to 10 metres|
|Ecology:||These trees provide food for cockatoos and parrots and nesting material for smaller birds.|
|Reason tree was selected:||This species was once common in the region. It is resistant to wind and airborne salt and when planted in dense groups is great for ground cover due to a build-up of mulch from its small branches. It is long lived and has a beautiful display of rusty coloured flowers.|
Lightwood/ Hickory Wattle
|Indigenous name:||None recorded|
|Plant type:||Small to medium tree|
|Distribution:||Wetted areas of Southern Australia to Queensland|
|Height:||Grows up to 15 metres|
|Ecology:||These trees provide food for seed eating birds and insects.|
|Reason tree was selected:|
This tree is durable, a reliable windbreak and suitable as a street tree in harsh, dry conditions. Indigenous Australians use the bark of this tree to make twine and medicine and its seeds can be used to make flour. Long lived, tolerant of extreme dry and high winds, it also thrives in domestic gardens.
Keeping trains running on the Frankston line
Works are underway to build the temporary train storage track, cleaner and driver facilities at the Kananook Train Storage Facility. This temporary track enables Frankston line trains to keep running while we build the new train storage facility and major works get underway in Carrum.
Now that we've completed modifications to the bridges, the first length of rail has now been installed for the temporary train storage track. Crews have also installed the temporary driver facility and the signal equipment room.
We’ve also been upgrading rail power and signalling from Kananook Station to Carrum to improve the performance and reliability of train services. For more information on the Kananook Train Storage Facility visit the project page.
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