[YarraBUG-list] Have your say on Rushall Reserve shared path consultation

YarraBUG Admin admin at yarrabug.org
Thu Apr 9 19:42:07 AEST 2015

Dear all,

In June 2014 you may recall the community pressure that helped retain 
funding  to proceed with a bypass to riding through the underpass at 
Rushall Station in North Fitzroy.

Yarra City Council is currently seeking community input on a proposal 
for a Shared Path through Rushall Reserve linking Rushall Train Station 
to the existing path at the end of Holden Street, North Fitzroy.

*Please forward this email + information to anyone you know who maybe 
interested in**this **Rushall Reserve shared path consultation**.*

*In this email:*

 1. Background to Rushall Reserve shared path consultation
 2. Example of a submission that has been sent
 3. Email from City of Yarra - with dates/timeline of Community Workshop
    Series, Direct Feedback and Web Discussion Forum - Bang the Table
 4. PDF attachment of City of Yarra - Rushall Reserve Shared Path proposal

*1. Background to Rushall Reserve shared path consultation*:
Many people would remember, numerous bike, pedestrian and Merri Creek 
advocates have been campaigning for two decades to get this connection 
funded. Some of you may even remember several impromptu "campaigns" to
open up the area, including unfortunately, people having to lift their 
bikes over the fence when VicTrack closed off the informal path.

*Getting the Rushall Crescent shared path by-pass would greatly assist 
riders not to use the underpass at Rushall Station, which also in turn 
would be great for people riding with kids, cargobikes and decreasing 
path user conflict.*


Additional background going way back to June 2006: Merri Creek Review: 
Combined Submission from DarebinBUG, BrunswickBUG (now MorelandBUG) and 

*2. Here's one example of a submission that has been sent*:

/Dear Kevin, //
//Thanks for this opportunity to provide feedback on plans to fix path 
connectivity issues in Rushall Reserve.//
/As I'm sure council recognises, the reserve sits at an important 
juncture on the Capital City and Merri Creek trails and yet the existing 
north-south path is a dead-end.//
/I'm a nearby resident and it is not uncommon to see bike riders stop 
near the Koonda Lat bridge to check google maps, wondering why the 
obvious route towards Rushall station is missing.//
//The lack of this connector also forces many bike riders to navigate 
the narrow pedestrian underpass at Rushall station, creating a 
choke-point that endangers all path users. Much of this could be eased 
with a north-south connector through Rushall Reserve.//
//I would like the reserve's existing pathway to be extended south to 
the Merri Creek side of Rushall Station. This would ensure minimal 
impact on useable recreational space in the reserve, as compared to a 
building a path along its western edge (aligned to the railway).//
//I understand that other nearby residents have raised concerns that 
this is being considered at all. They want no change and for the reserve 
to remain a place exclusively for dog-related recreation.//
I expect this round of public consultation will show these residents are 
in the minority. And even if they are a large number, surely there is a 
stronger case for addressing this connectivity issue. There are also 
examples of dog-related recreation and bike use occurring harmoniously, 
side-by-side, all over the city. Rushall Reserve would be no different.//
//Finally, the 2015 bike census* shows inner city bike use is continuing 
to rise. This underscores the need for infrastructure to keep pace and 
to address obvious missing links - such as Rushall Reserve - in the bike 
path network.//
//I can be contacted on 0407250088 should there be a need. Otherwise, I 
hope work can get underway soon to deliver this long-awaited connector.//
//Sincerely, /

/Local resident/

*3. Email from City of Yarra - with details of Community Workshop 
Series, Direct Feedback and Web Discussion Forum - Bang the Table*:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *Ayrey, Kevin* <Kevin.Ayrey at yarracity.vic.gov.au 
<mailto:Kevin.Ayrey at yarracity.vic.gov.au>>
Date: 25 March 2015 at 14:48
Subject: Rushall Reserve shared path consultation
To: "Ayrey, Kevin" <Kevin.Ayrey at yarracity.vic.gov.au 
<mailto:Kevin.Ayrey at yarracity.vic.gov.au>>

Dear Rushall Reserve user,

Yarra City Council invites your input on a proposal for a shared path 
through Rushall Reserve linking Rushall Train Station to the existing 
path at the end of Holden Street, North Fitzroy.

Council is exploring options for a shared path to provide an alternative 
route along the Merri Creek Trail/Capital City Trail which would avoid 
the pedestrian underpass and bridge at Rushall Station. Please see the 
map of the area below.

The goal of the community consultation is to determine a design that is 
acceptable to all users of Rushall Reserve. Once the design concept is 
finalised it will be circulated to the community, prior to being put to 
a Council meeting in June 2015.


*How to get involved*

Community Workshop Series
Facilitated community workshop sessions to consider issues and work 
towards a solution
Tuesday 21 April and Tuesday 28 April from  6.30 – 9pm at the Mark 
Street Hall, 1 Mark Street, North Fitzroy

Note: Participants are required to attend both sessions

Please RSVP your attendance to OpenSpace at yarracity.vic.gov.au 
<mailto:OpenSpace at yarracity.vic.gov.au>by Tuesday 14^April.

Direct Feedback
Email, phone or write to Council with your ideas
By Tuesday 28 April

Email OpenSpace at yarracity.vic.gov.au 
<mailto:OpenSpace at yarracity.vic.gov.au>or Contact Kevin Ayrey on

9205 5770.

Web Discussion Forum – Bang the Table
Provide your thoughts and see those of others on an open webpage
>From Friday 27^th April
Via the City of Yarra website.


For more information please email: OpenSpace at yarracity.vic.gov.au 
<mailto:OpenSpace at yarracity.vic.gov.au> or contact Kevin Ayrey on

9205 5770


Kevin Ayrey

*Landscape Architect*
*Open Space Planning & Design*

City of Yarra PO Box 168 Richmond 3121
*T* (03) 9205 5770*F* (03) 8417 6666

*E*_Kevin.Ayrey_ at yarracity.vic.gov.au
*W* <mailto:Kevin.Ayrey at yarracity.vic.gov.au>__www.yarracity.vic.gov.au 

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