Seaford Road community update December 2019
23 Dec 2019
The Level Crossing Removal Project is removing 18 level crossings and building 12 new stations as part of a $3 billion upgrade of the Frankston line that will improve safety, reduce congestion and allow more trains to run more often.
Works are well underway on Seaford’s new community open spaces, ready for locals to enjoy in the new year.
The first stage of the new shared use path from Seaford Road to Kananook Station is open, improving links to public transport and new community open spaces.
Planting is underway along the new path and will start soon in the new community open space and playground at RF Miles Reserve.By the end of the year we will have planted more than 100,000 mostly native and Indigenous trees and shrubs in the area.
The colourful artwork on the Seaford Road rail bridge and walls of the new pedestrian underpass in RF Miles Reserve is now complete, and we’re preparing to open the new playground with the Seaford community soon.
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Your new community open space and playground
We’re putting the finishing touches on your new community open space and playground. Unique to Seaford, the new all-abilities playground has something for everyone, including a climbing frame, swings and slide, an accessible carousel and nature play elements.
Picnic tables, seating, drinking fountains and bike hoops will be located near shady trees, creating comfortable rest areas for locals using the playground or passing through on the new shared use path.
Trees and vegetation will be planted at different stages of maturity and size, creating a green and vibrant look and feel, and shady areas as the trees grow. A planted vegetation barrier will form a natural safety barrier between the playground and new path to keep the community safe.
First stage of shared use path open
Locals can now walk or ride from Seaford Station to Kananook Station with the first stage of Seaford’s new six-kilometre shared use path open.
Once complete, the path will link to more than 11 kilometres of new shared use paths from Edithvale to Frankston as level crossing removal works progress along the Frankston line.
Improving connections to public transport and new community open spaces in Seaford and Carrum, the path will also link to the beach and existing walking trails and areas of interest.
Works will continue on the next stage of shared use path to Carrum ready for locals to enjoy in 2020.
Celebrating Seaford’s new artwork
A big thanks to Seaford locals who braved the wintery weather to help us celebrate the completion of Seaford’s new artwork and the opening of the first stage of shared use path.
Bunurong Land Council officially opened the new spaces with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony. Locals heard from artist Adam Magennis about the new Indigenous-inspired artwork, and working with Nepean School to create some colour the community can be proud of.
Meet your artists
What's your favourite piece of artwork in Seaford's new spaces? Next time you're heading through the Seaford Road rail bridge or pedestrian underpass in RF Miles Reserve, stop and see if you can spot the artist.
Adam Magennis is from the Boon Wurrung language group and has been creating art for 30 years. He is interested in cultural ecology and natural connections and uses a combination of graffiti and illustrations in his artwork.
Lionel Lauch is a Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung and Bundjalung artist who paints with acrylic and creates sculptures made from limestone, sandstone and wood.
Eamon Roberts found his love for art through his role with the Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association. He loves painting Indigenous inspired ocean creatures.
Jamillah Roberts is a Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung woman who lives on the Mornington Peninsula with her husband and fellow artist Eamon Roberts. She discovered her love of painting at a young age through watching her mum, uncle and aunts, who are all artists.
Nepean School provides high quality education for children with physical disabilities or health issues. Students created the colourful tiles on the pedestrian underpass in RF Miles Reserve. Their involvement in this art project gives students an opportunity to exemplify their motto, together we achieve the extraordinary.
Kananook Train Storage Facility
Works are continuing on the Kananook Train Storage Facility in preparation for trains to use the facility late next year. Overhead services have been installed to power trains, while excavation and earthworks continue until the end of the year.
The facility is part of important rail infrastructure upgrades that will allow more trains to run more often on the Frankston line.
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