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Station Street and Eel Race Road Community Update – December 2018

21 Dec 2018

Construction update

We are removing 18 level crossings along the Frankston line to improve safety and reduce congestion.

Major works will begin in 2019 to remove the level crossings in Carrum and create a more direct road network that will help to reduce travel times.

Crews making preparations for the new pedestrian ramps at Karrum Karrum bridge.

Image: Crews making preparations for the new pedestrian ramps at Karrum Karrum Bridge.

Looking back at 2018

It has been a huge year for Carrum and Seaford. In September the new Karrum Karrum Bridge across Patterson River opened and the Seaford Road level crossing was removed. We were also out in the local area getting your input on the revitalisation of Carrum and

Seaford at our drop-in sessions and through our online surveys.

We're excited to be starting works on removing the dangerous and congested level crossings and revitalising the area.

What we've been doing

We recently closed the new Karrum Karrum bridge for a few days to upgrade and relocate the rail communication cables that run between the rail line and the new bridge. These works will improve reliability of train services along the Frankston line.

We're also establishing a worksite along Station Street, starting at Eel Race Road. Crews will be removing vegetation and relocating the existing train communication cables.

Kicking off 2019

In December 2018 we will begin to remove vegetation from the rail corridor near Eel Race Road. Vegetation removal will continue in early 2019.

The map below shows the order that vegetation removal will take place. Removal in zone 1 will occur in December 2018. These works will cause minimal disruption to residents.

From early-mid January 2019 we'll focus on relocating services and upgrading signalling along this section of the Frankston line, helping to improve the reliability of train services.

A new temporary track from Eel Race Road to the Patterson River will be constructed allowing us to keep trains running for most of construction, minimising disruptions to commuters.

We will also complete Karrum Karrum Bridge’s north ramp and continue works on the south ramp, returning access to the beach along Patterson River by the end April 2019.

Beach access restored over New Year's

As our crews will be taking a break over the new year, beach access will be restored on the south side of the Patterson River under the new Karrum Karrum Bridge.

Residents will be able to walk from launching way to the beach between 22 December and 8 January.

After this time it will again be closed so we can continue working on the ramps connecting the river to Karrum Karrum Bridge.

Vegetation

Across all of our projects we work with independent environmental and sustainability experts to minimise the amount of vegetation removal required, and to manage the impacts on local wildlife.

Before a project begins all vegetation in the project area is mapped in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Arborists assessments are completed to determine the structural strength, health and life expectancy of vegetation as well as the amenity and environmental value it provides.

Where vegetation is flagged for removal a qualified ecologist inspects the area for wildlife habitats such as hollows or nests and will relocate any wildlife found.

Where vegetation is to be retained work is undertaken to protect it during construction through clearly established no-go zones.

What we're planting

More than 80,000 trees, shrubs and low-lying vegetation including more than 500 indigenous trees will be planted in Carrum as part of the project.

To find out more about what's being planted in your backyard read our trees and vegetation factsheet at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Engagement update

We’ve been blown away by the popularity of the Info Hub, with around 500 people coming to visit during the last couple of months.

Thanks to all your questions, we have planned a series of events and tours in 2019 to keep you up to date with our progress and to share the new things we are learning about your community.

We will kick this program off in February with a session focusing on Carrum’s Indigenous heritage. Come along to meet representatives from the local Bunurong Land Council and our heritage team.

The hub will be closed from 16 December and will reopen on 10 January 2019.

To stay informed of this and future events sign up for project updates at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au or follow us on Facebook.

Locals dropping by the Carrum Info Hub for project updates.

Image: Locals dropping by the Carrum Info Hub for project updates.

Carrum beach BBQ

Thank you to everyone who attended our Info Hub re-launch event on 8 December. It was great to hear all your feedback about the project and know what parts of the Carrum revitalisation you are looking forward to.

We'd also like to give a special shout out to the Carrum Surf Lifesaving Club for serving a delicious BBQ and to the Longbeach Ukes, Carrum's beloved ukulele troupe, for providing great beach-side entertainment. We love getting community organisations involved in our events and are always looking for new groups to help out.

If you're interested in taking part please get in touch at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Remember to shop local

While works are ramping up, remember your local shops are open for business. Our team has been familiarising ourselves with all the local samples and we’re loving it.

Please help us to support local businesses through construction.

This month we want to give a huge shout out to the team at Café Moto that has donated 10 per cent of profits from the Karrum Karrum Bridge opening event to Pantry 5000.

Pantry 5000 provide emergency food relief, including fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products and bakery goods, for those with financial difficulties in the local area. Volunteers also provide a morning tea and an ear to have a friendly chat, plus there is a lovely veggie garden to enjoy.

They operate every Wednesday from 9:30am to 1:00pm from St Aidan’s hall (corner McLeod Road and Poulsen Street, Carrum).

Pantry 5000 is always looking for donations and volunteers and your contribution can help make a difference to those in need this festive season.

Some items Pantry 5000 is always in need of are:

  • cereals
  • canned fruit and vegetables
  • soups
  • spreads
  • pasta
  • rice
  • cordial.

Ken (left) from Pantry 5000 meeting up with Liz and Peter from Cafe Moto.

Image: Ken (left) from Pantry 5000 meeting up with Liz and Peter from Cafe Moto.

Safe holidays

We hope you all have a very safe and happy new year. The safety of our community is paramount so please remember that this time of year is notorious for road and other incidents. Be extra careful and we will see you all in the new year!

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