I see that Booroondara city has released their draft cycling strategy, including the contentious "Darebin Bridge" link between Heidelberg Road and the Yarra Trail.
Comment is invited closing 22 February (see the Booroondara Council .....roads/tppolicy/draftbikestrategy web page).
The Darebin Bridge is mentioned
"7.2.3 Inter Municipality
Item 17 - A significant network gap remains with the Darebin Creek Trail. Proposals are outlined by Bicycle Victoria. The link would complete a strategically important component of the PBN."
The Darebin Bridge link is listed as a high priority but is also about the most expensive thing to do at 3-4M$. No Booroondara council plans for the link are mentioned but it does refer to the Bicycle Victoria plans for the link maybe suggesting, soto voce, that the BV recommended route is the way to go.
Fortunately the money is available from the state government (no charge to the Booroondara rate payers) and environmental clearance for the proposed route near the soccer fields and billabong has been suggested by the Booroondara councils own reviewer, Dr Lorimer.
"Nov 07 Dr Graeme Lorimer has given the all clear for the path to the Darebin Bridge past the environmental sensitive Kew Billabong.
Dr Lorimerâ€™s report commissioned by the City of Boroondara, states that the Darebin Bridge and associated shared path will not negatively impact on the vegetation or animal life in Willsmere Park or the Kew Billabong."
What is happening with the Darebin Bridge path by the Billabong? Have Booroondara and Darebin Councils considered the proposal to complete the billabong section yet?
Ride the missing link, Julia Irwin, 14Apr08
http://www.prestonleader.com.au/article ... _news.html
CYCLISTS have welcomed funds to finish a missing link on the Darebin Creek bike path after more than 10 years' lobbying.
The work will include a boardwalk, which will be built under the bridge at Darebin Rd, and a 600m concrete path.
The link will cost $759,000 with equal contributions from Darebin Council and Parks Victoria."
And from Bicycle Victoria
"1. Let's Build the Bridge
The long overdue Darebin Bridge over the Yarra River is reaching a critical stage - 2007 is the year to show your support for closing the missing link between the Darebin Creek trail and the Main Yarra Trail.
Time to write - the signs are up
Mar08 We have asked residents of Yarra and Boroondara to write in support of the project to their Council. The period for public comment closes on March 18."
If anyone local is interested:-
BOROONDARA DISCOVERY RIDE #1 â€“ Gaps Galore - Sunday 11 May
30 km easy.
A combined Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club/Boroondara BUG ride to discover the major gaps in Boroondaraâ€™s shared path network and how to fix them.
A short easy ride with lots of stops and lots of talk, focussing on:
Gardiners Creek Path between Solway Bridge and Warrigal Rd,
Outer Circle (Anniversary) Trail at Camberwell High, and
the Darebin Creek - Yarra Trail missing link (Willsmere Park bridge).
Other problems and recent improvements in our shared paths will be highlighted along the way.
Bookings and enquiries Phil Crohn 9836 3329.
On the day queries Julia Blunden 0408 501 082.
God save the ABC & SBS.....
How did the Boorondara Planning Committee meeting vote on the Darebin Bridge link last night?
I understand that the Planning C'ttee makes a recommendation which is then voted on again by the full council two weeks later.
The planning staff's advice on the link past the billabong certainly seemed positive.
VCAT got sick of waiting for Boroondara to make a decision and has 'called in' the Darebin Bridge bicycle link.
From the Bicycle Victoria website with interesting comments on the desirability of getting community agreement even though 'the community' has been doing a lot to delay or put off entirely the project.
This seems to be an effort by the Victorian government to councils to recognise the need for communities to change and modernise - code for get to grips with a denser population in a carbon-constrained world of high fuel prices and a need to promote incidental exercise such as walking and cycling for its health and congestion benefits.
5 June 2008. Parks Victoria has grasped the nettle and â€˜called inâ€™ the planning process for the Darebin Bridge and associate trials. The permits will now be considered by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
This will result in a single streamlined approvals process where the application and all the objections can be heard together, and the formal approval, when issued would have a uniform set of conditions.
The exercise of this little-used power by Parks Victoria was unexpected, but justified. Although the project had support from Yarra and Banyule councils, Boroondara had had exceeded the time allowed for a decision.
Boroondara may or may not have approved the Bridge plan at its planning committee on 2 Juneâ€”there was an officersâ€™ recommendation in favour. But it was too late.
We could see that even with Boroondara support, it was likely that others would object to the permits. On the map we noted opponents or potential opponents such as the school, golf club and local residents.
Parks Victoriaâ€™s action means, we understand, that all objectors will have to front VCAT in one hearing.
In the short term Parks Victoria has acted in the best interests of the project. The VCAT hearing will draw out all the opposition, so that it can be considered at the one time. A prompt VCAT rulingâ€”hopefully in favour of the projectâ€”will put a stop to all the huffing and puffing and mark the start of action.
We expect that councils will be miffed by Parks Victoria cutting short their processes, especially as they were already (or nearly) supporters of the project. We would never deny that thorough community consultation is important.
There will be long term benefits from Parks Victoriaâ€™s emphatic action. It signals a new mood of decisiveness on the Governmentâ€™s part. Investment in bike riding infrastructure looks to be moving up the priority list.
The VCAT hearing is the next milestone. We will keep you informed.
Boroondara Council Planning Cttee has finally voted and approved the building of the 'Darebin Bridge' missing cyclepath link.
However the worth of the vote is moot as the Victorian state government 'called in' the project to VCAT two weeks ago.
The wording of the Boroondara planning cmttee motion suggests a bit of butt covering by the stood-aside council. Perhaps the Vic government reckoned that waiting since 31 August 2007 for approval (which was in essence a re-activation of a plan already approved in 2005 but which had lapsed) was evidence of foot dragging by the council?
In particular the phrasing of the first part of the motion suggests sour grapes on the part of the council
"1. That had an appeal against Failure to Grant a Permit not been lodged a Notice of Decision to Grant a Planning Permit (No. PP07/00882) allowing the Darebin Creek Trail connection to the Main Yarra Trail ..........(Willsmere Park) would have been issued under the Boroondara Planning
Scheme subject to the following conditions:"
Cross post from Melbourne Cyclist:
According to Bicycle Victoria the state level planning hearing for the Darebin Bridge link joining the Darebin and Yarra trails is due to start on Monday viz:
" December 2008 Parks Victoria's appeal to VCAT will go to a practice hearing tomorrow 5 December 2008. The purpose of the practice hearing is to consider progress of the application and to make any â€˜procedural arrangementsâ€™ before the main Tribunal hearing in February.
The main hearing begins on 16 February 2009 and may run for seven days.
We will keep you informed"
Bicycle Victoria has been keeping us informed according to the mushroom principle even though BV claims to want pro-cycling interests to be visible and heard at the VCAT hearing.
Anyone know if it is still on, what submissions have been made (especially by Banyule?) and how / when / if Bicycle Victoria intends to inform riders of progress during the hearing?
Darebin Bridge bikeway link
- no news on Bicycle Victoria website despite promise to keep us informed on progress
-Darebin Bridge planning hearing not listed (that I can find on VCAT Environment and Planning list) - has BV dropped the ball and failed to turn up to support Dpt Planning?
What does BV mean by keep us informed? Not much
From Melbourne Cyclist
Hey, Harry? You still there?
No word on Darebin Bridge VCAT - is it happening?
Seems The Age is better at promoting cycling that Bicycle Victoria. But then Bicycle Victoria is not there to advocate for cyclists (remember), apparently just to stand up in front of the cameras occasionally when a pollie needs to hand over a phamphlett describing another stalled proposal
"Objectors do Melbourne no favours
February 20, 2009
WHEN did Melbourne become a city of people opposed to anything built near them? The "not in my backyard" clique has become dominant in many parts of Melbourne, to the city's detriment.
Let's consider a few examples. For 20 years, Bicycle Victoria has been calling for a 1.8-kilometre bike path to connect the Darebin Creek bike route with the Yarra River main trail. Now opponents have labelled it a "bicycle commuter freeway" and are fighting it all the way. Its future is being decided by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The opponents are not against the path or cycling, they insist, just the route the path would take. It's a classic not-in-my-backyard mentality........."
How about a Darebin Bridge email update Harry?
The idea of getting Melbourne cyclists to support BV on the Darebin link seemed like a good idea which has evaporated like so many Victorian planning ideas.
Thanks to BooroondaraBUG for the introduction to the VCAT hearing (as Bicycle Victoria has been unable/unwilling to update readers as to progress and submissions to the VCAT hearing).
Good on ya BooroondaraBUG. Were BV around to help?
http://boroondarabug.org/wiki/images/e/ ... bruary.pdf
Darebin Creek â€“ Main Yarra Trail Link: Graeme S attended the Practice Day Hearing on Friday 5thDecember2008 as Julia Bâ€™s substitute. Graeme outlined the proposed program for the VCAT hearing starting on 16thFebruary.This includes site visits but it is unclear whether these will include looking at alternative routes for the link. Julia Bsaid the she was unsure what her role was at the hearing â€“ whether it included the options of putting in a writtensubmission or speaking. It was agreed that it is highly desirable that someone puts the cycling point of view at thehearing and there appears to be no-one else to do this. Parks Victoria currently has no expert witness on cycling. Itwas agreed that Julia should seek clarification from Parks Victoriaâ€™s legal team or direct from Parks Victoria.Assuming the right to lodge a submission and/or to speak we need to workshop this in early and late January as Juliawill be away from 10-20 January. John B and Jason D agreed to assist with this. Concern was expressed that the newBoroondara Council could be split 5-5 on this issue and that Chairmanship of Council and the Planning Committeecould be critical in avoiding a reversal of councilâ€™s current approval of the link. Jason D indicated that Yarra Councilcould be the key to resolving the issue of alternative routes as these would impact most on Yarra.
The "not in my backyard" attitude is particularly prominent in Boroondara.
At least after having blacked out most of the bike paths along main roads a few years ago, they've repainted the bicycle logo back onto some of them. What's really needed along some of the main roads like Barkers, Burwood etc are properly painted lanes the full length. The drivers around here don't take any notice of things like this unless they're right in their faces!
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Xpost from Melbourne Cyclist:
Thanks Harry. Not!!! For not updating us on the hold put on the Darebin Bridge path link project.
Thanks also for no mention of the outcome of the 13 March VCAT Practice day hearing of the rescheduling as well.
Forget about Bicycle Victoria posting ANY information about the revised route of the Darebin link being considered.
Having a Darebin Bridge link on the Bicycle Victoria website along with an 'email me with news' invitation is worth less than Mongolian duck poop if Bicycle Victoria never updates the site or the link. For Harry's information the bicycle Victoria link is <a href="http://www.bv.com.au/change-the-world/11253/">http://www.bv.com.au/change-the-world/11253/</a>
VCAT has released (though the auslib website <a href="http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/vic/VCAT/2009/257.html">http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/vic/VCAT/2009/257.html</a>
"""""""""Parks Victoria v Yarra CC & Ors  VCAT 257 (24 February 2009)
Last Updated: 12 March 2009
VICTORIAN CIVIL AND ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL
PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT LIST VCAT REFERENCE NOS. P1503/2008, P1504/2008 & P1505/2008
APPLICANT Parks Victoria
Yarra City Council
Boroondara City Council
Banyule City Council
RESPONDENTS Tony Michael & Others (as per party lists in each proceeding)
SUBJECT LAND Proposed Lower Darebin Creek Shared Trail â€“ adjacent to Old Heidelberg Road (Alphington), Willow Grove (Kew East) and Heidelberg Road (Ivanhoe)
WHERE HELD 55 King Street, Melbourne
BEFORE Helen Gibson, Deputy President
Margaret Baird, Senior Member
HEARING TYPE Hearing
DATE OF HEARING 16 â€“ 18 February 2009
DATE OF ORDER 24 February 2009
CITATION Parks Victoria v Yarra City Council  VCAT 257
These proceedings are adjourned to a Practice Day Hearing on 13 March 2009. The purpose of the Practice Day Hearing is to:
Consider whether to list the matters for further hearing or administrative mention;
Make any procedural orders relating to notice of the foreshadowed amendment to the permit application;
Make other directions as required.
For Parks Victoria Mr C Townshend SC, instructed by Blake Dawson Waldron
For Yarra City Council Mr S Ilsley, town planner
For Boroondara City Council Mr T Montebello, solicitor, of Maddocks
For Banyule City Council Mr M Constantine
For Tony Michael Mr T Pikusa of counsel, by direct brief
For Judith Voce Ms J Voce, in person
For Latrobe Golf Club Mr E Stokans, solicitor, of Russell Kennedy
For Vladameir Jurkiw Mr V Jurkiw, in person
For Dr Ilma Oâ€™Brien & Professor Greg Oâ€™Brien Dr Oâ€™Brien and Professor Oâ€™Brien, in person
For Mr D Farrow Mr D Farrow, in person
For Boroondara Bicycle Users Group Ms J Blunder
These proceedings involve permit applications by Parks Victoria for the Lower Darebin Creek Shared Trail through the municipalities of Banyule, Yarra and Boroondara. The shared bicycle/pedestrian trail will connect the existing trail, which presently ends at Heidelberg Road, to the main Yarra Trail at Willsmere Park, Kew.
A 7 day hearing of these proceedings was scheduled from 16 â€“ 24 February 2009. The hearing proceeded on Day 1 and there was an accompanied inspection of the route on Day 2. At the commencement of the hearing on Day 3 (18 February 2009), Parks Victoria advised the Tribunal that there had been a â€œbreakthroughâ€ in negotiations with Latrobe Golf Club relating to the route of the Trail, and certain design details within the Golf Club land, which have been major issues in contention between these two parties for a long time. As well, there have been successful negotiations relating to acquisition of the land for the Trail. Parks Victoria therefore requested an adjournment of at least the Yarra proceeding to enable the agreement to be documented and any necessary amendments to the concept plan and the permit application to be made. The Tribunal invited other parties to make submissions about the adjournment request.
Despite a strong preference by the Tribunal to proceed, if possible, so as to maximise the use of time and avoid inconveniencing parties who made arrangements to attend the hearing, we were unable to devise a satisfactory set of procedural directions without potentially creating confusion, which would result in parties having to make piecemeal submissions or present evidence in a piecemeal fashion. We therefore considered that it would be simpler, fairer and more expedient for all parties to adjourn all the proceedings in order to enable Parks Victoria to complete its negotiations with Latrobe Golf Club and formulate appropriate amendments to the permit application. That enables suitable notice to be given of the foreshadowed amendments and when the hearing reconvenes, everyone will have the benefit of knowing exactly what is now proposed. It will also enable Melbourne Waterâ€™s view to be heard, as a number of submissions relate to the height of the proposed bridge over the Yarra River and other flood related matters for which Melbourne Water is the relevant referral authority and floodplain manager.
Senior Member """"""
LaTrobe Golf Club was supposed to hold its AGM on 12 June.
A motion for Approval from members for the Committee to negotiate sale of the land necessary was the main item of business. In fact, so main it was Extraordinary and so required 75% of members to vote in favour for it to be passed.
I presume it passed as the clubs own advice was that failure to do so would result in compulsory purchase which would be less satisfactory for the club.
Negotiations for survey and sale of the land should be well advanced by now.
Any news on this and on when VCAT will re-hear the Darebin Bridge link application?
Bicycle Victoria has updated their website with a reference to progress of the Darebin Bridge project through the VCAT process. Good on BV for posting that so promptly.
But it seems that many of the current riders will have retired from commuting or become fertilizer before the necessary land is transferred, funding re-found and the path built.
Meanwhile Brisbane will almost certainly have built a bike bridge from Bulimba to Newstead by then, with the Kurilpa Bridge between South Brisbane and the legal western business precinct and links to the northern suburbs bikeway due to open in two months.
Hearing completeâ€”now for the decision
28 July 2009. The final VCAT hearing on the permits for the bridge has been completed, with objectors failing to lay a glove on the Parks Victoria plan for the project.
The tribunal is expected to announce its decision in about a month.
As expected VCAT was told that the LaTrobe Golf Club had agreed to sell a critical parcel of land to the project, clearing the last remaining obstacle for the bridge to proceed to the design stage.
Should the Tribunal give the go ahead, complex and lengthy legal processes will begin to transfer property to Parks Victoria. These could take more than 12 months to complete.
Construction of the bridge could take several years after that, bringing to 17 years the total time since Bicycle Victoria began the campaign to get the bridge built.
It has been a mere three years since the last post on this topic.
After a long period of inaction there is activity on the Darebin Creek Trail extension to the MYT
A foundation is being constructed under the Heidelberg Road bridge.
At this rate it should be complete in time for the next millenium celebrations
Helmets! Bells! Rego!
Great news KenGs.
In the meantime the less people friendly cities of;
Brisbane has finished the Kurilpa Bridge, expanded the Coronation bikeway, built the Toowong Freeway overpass and another bridge out in the Jindalee suburban wilderness;
Sydney has built multiple city cycleways
Perth has extended the Bayswater railway alignment separated bikeway, raised the Kwinana freeway seawall and built a bikeway on part of it
The foundations you mention haven't shown up on NearMap yet (3 July)
Now that the work is underway it is progressing quite quickly. It must have started in the last week or so as the last time I was down there nothing was happening. Now the work has moved to the west side of Heidelberg Road and the big tree blocking the path has been removed.
Helmets! Bells! Rego!
Ken, not getting your images mate just a 403 (forbidden) if I try looking.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Stoopid Google Docs
Helmets! Bells! Rego!
Man theys huge!
Looks like it's going well tho'.
London Boy 29/12/2011
The framework for the brisdge under the bridge is now in place
Helmets! Bells! Rego!
Melbourne has added 30 metres to its bicycle network with the opening up of the extension to the Darebin Creek trail. The trail now stops at the bridge while the bridge works are being completed.
The balustrade needs to be finished on the creek side under Heidelberg Road as you can see in the photo. Not sure why this is the only bit not done.
Is it a jurisdiction issue between Banyule and Darebin? Has the contractor gone bust? Has funding run out? Does the timber need to cure? Do the foundations need to settle? Are we waiting on Ted Baillieu to give it his seal of approval?
Helmets! Bells! Rego!
Wow!!! Feeling like the flea on the butt of an elephant
Maybe delete or re-size those first images Ken ??
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
Fixed the images
Helmets! Bells! Rego!
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