[YarraBUG-list] July 2017 News: Gipps Street: The planets finally align + Casting Call for “Near Miss Traffic Accident/Road Safety Stories + local news

YarraBUG Admin admin at yarrabug.org
Fri Jul 14 17:50:40 AEST 2017

Hi all,

A quick July catch up with news about Gipps Street (finally!), casting 
call for “near miss” traffic accident stories to appear in an 
advertising campaign, next BAC meeting & City West Water: New Water Main 
for Rushall Reserve*.


*1. Gipps Street, Abbotsford: The planets finally align*
So you've been wondering what's happening with Gipps Street, Abbotsford 
for over a decade? Parks Victoria have just announced news about 
building an all ability access ramp plus four weeks of consultation via 
survey. It appears the planets have finally aligned!


*From Parks Victoria: Access to the Main Yarra Trail for all: *If you 
have ever lugged your bike or a pram up the Gipps Street steps in 
Abbotsford relief is on its way. Parks Victoria is planning an all 
ability access ramp to replace the Gipps Street steps and give better 
access for everyone to enjoy the Main Yarra Trail.

Have your say on our plan to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety and 
open a new viewing platform for visitors to this stretch of the Yarra 
River. Complete the survey: The survey runs over 4 weeks until Friday 4 
August. To have your say on the plan to improve cyclist and pedestrian 
safety and open a new viewing platform for visitors to this stretch of 
the Yarra River, complete the survey here:

The existing 42 concrete steps stop people with prams, those using 
wheelchairs and all but the fittest of cyclists, who can carry their 
bikes up the steps, from using this section of the Main Yarra Trail. 
Following the four-week public consultation period, Parks Victoria will 
finalise its plan in response to the community feedback and then 
continue with the important infrastructure upgrade project. If you would 
like more information about this project please email 
gippsstramp at parks.vic.gov.au or phone 13 1963

2. URGENT: Casting Sugar are seeking real people with actual “near miss” 
traffic accident stories to appear in an advertising campaign
*"This campaign is about shining a light on people, celebrating their 
stories and highlighting how Victoria’s safe road system can prevent 
death or serious injuries on our roads. We’re looking for stories where 
a crash was avoided or reduced in severity thanks to one of the 
following being in place:

• Wire rope barriers
• Rumble strips / tactile lines
• Raised pedestrian crossings
• Localised speed reductions
• Reduced speed zones (eg. school zones)

We do not want people who have experienced serious injuries from the 
crash. These ‘near misses’ should involve either no injury whatsoever, 
or a very minor injury such as a sprained ankle or small graze."
**Please note that we are seeking people who do not have a background in 
**Please note that in order to be eligible, you must not have lost more 
than 5 demerit points in the previous 5 year period. These are paid 
roles: Recording & shooting in Victoria in week commencing 17th July (2 

*Submissions: Please complete the online application form and upload to 
the following: http://bit.ly/CastingSugarNearMiss**

3. Next Yarra Council Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
*From Simon Exon, Strategic Transport Co-ordinator: Please note that the 
next BAC meeting will be on the 16th August 2017 at Collingwood Town 
Hall, time to be confirmed. An agenda will be issued in due course.*

*More at: 

**4. City West Water: New Water Main for Rushall Reserve, works planned 
for later June-early Aug 2017*
City West Water will be replacing 250m of an aging water main across 
Rushall Reserve, from Holden Street to Rushall Crescent, Fitzroy. 
Replacement of the 750mm main will reduce the likelihood of pipe bursts 
and ensure that we can continue to deliver a safe and reliable water 
supply to the area. City West Water General Manager Infrastructure and 
Delivery, Maree Lang, said that the works had been carefully planned to 
minimise any damage to the environment.

“We know how popular Rushall Reserve is for locals to walk their dogs, 
ride their bikes, exercise or relax, so we wanted to make sure we 
designed our project to protect that as much as we could.
“We’ll be tunnelling under and around the trees in the reserve so none 
of them have to be removed, and the project will be carefully managed to 
avoid any impacts to Merri Creek.”

Ms Lang said that while a section of the reserve itself would be 
impacted by the construction, the grass would be reinstated once the 
project is finished. “Because of the size of the works there will be 
some inconvenience for park users, but we’re working to reduce that as 
much as possible. “We have been working closely with the community to 
provide information on the project, including Yarra and Darebin 
Councils, cycling groups and surrounding residents. We’re grateful for 
the community’s patience and understanding as we carry out these 
essential works.”

• The project is scheduled to begin in late June/early July 2017 and run 
until August 2017.
• To minimise disturbance to nearby houses, works will be undertaken 
between 7AM and 5PM Monday to Friday, and 8AM and 1PM on Saturdays (when 

Media contact: Fiona Garlick 0466 613 109, 

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