Friends of the Healesville Freeway Reserve

www.friendsofthehealesvillefreewayreserve.org

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HAVE YOUR SAY BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!!

Community Consultation Process
3 Options for the future use of the Healesville Freeway Reserve between Springvale Road and Boronia Road were released on the 25th November 2013.

There have been an number of problems with the process:

  • Workshops were rushed through one day after the release on the VicRoads website.
  • Council were not briefed on options before release, despite council being expected to maintain the infrastructure.
  • Infrastructure put onto Strathdon Orchard (council land) without informing Council or getting their consent.
  • Public consultation will close Dec 23rd 2013, before the council response will be available (expected after a Council Meeting in Jan 2014), so the community will not know the council position when they give their opinion.
  • Deliberative Forum Report – Not released despite repeated reference at the workshops to how important that consultation was.

The three concepts can be viewed at http://consult.vicroads.vic.gov.au/hfrconsult and are: Shared Path option, Davy Lane Concept and Community Use Concept.

 

ISSUES WITH THE SHARED PATH OPTION

The Shared Path Option meets the most community expectations  however...

  • It does not provide for the Eastern extension of the Bellbird Dell (the alpaca farm). This section is more environmentally valuable as it integrates the NADRASCA vegetation with the Dell.
  • Mature trees on Stanley road reserve not protected despite the accepted goal of protecting native vegetation.
  • 9 mt high (3 storey) dwellings to be built behind the Jolimont community gardens and council nursery. Problems with shade and loss of air flow.
  • No land allocated for Vermont Secondary College expansion, which has been at capacity since 2002. Where will the children of the new families study??
  • Traffic chaos on Morack road, already chocked during the am-pm school times.
  • 350 new dwellings in the area will severely increase the road congestion.
  • Nethercote not retained for educational, recreational and community use
  • Large Stand of Native trees from Bellara st to Terrara rd to be cut down.

 

If you are concerned about these issues
TAKE ACTION - Have your say before it is too late!!!

 

VicRoads online forum closes 23rd Dec
http://consult.vicroads.vic.gov.au/hfrconsult

AND

Email VicRoads: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

With a copy to

  • Neil Angus - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Terry Mulder(Roads Minister) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Councilor Bill Bennett - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Councilor Raylene Carr - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Council needs to know what the community is saying so please copy them in.