requested a report from our CEO on a range of potential changes along
the completed Green Spine section of Malop Street, between Moorabool and Yarra
Councillor Eddy Kontelj moved an amendment during Tuesday night’s council
meeting asking for, “an outline of various options, work scope, the potential
impacts on the Green Spine design, pros and cons, costs and timelines”
including, but not limited to:
capacity into Malop Street between Moorabool Street and Yarra Street, which
will efficiently service an increase in traffic flow of 11,000 plus car
movements per day
service levels for vehicle movements equal to or better than April 2016
- install left
and right vehicle turning lanes at the intersections of Malop Street and Yarra
Street and Malop Street and Moorabool Street
- increase on
street 2P car parking locations on Malop Street between Moorabool Street and
Yarra Street by up to 100 per cent more than current
pedestrian safety and vehicle delays at pedestrian crossings and
relevant costings are provided to councillors in order to consider inclusion
into the 2020-21 Council budget.
The amendment was carried 8-3 by the council, with Councillors Kontelj, Asher,
Grzybek, Aitken, Mason, Murrihy, Nelson and Sullivan in favour, and Councillors
Harwood, Murnane and Mansfield against.
The report has been requested by March 2020.
Councillor Kontelj’s amendment came during a discussion on an independent traffic
review into the Malop Street Green Spine, instigated by a council resolution in
Councillors noted the findings of that report, and agreed to continue to
evaluate changes in traffic conditions and driver behaviour, and receive a
further report in March as per the June resolution.
The independent traffic review can be viewed in the 10 December council meeting agenda.
Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor
The Green Spine
is part of a long-term planning vision and has already won a national award for
landscape architecture. However, there is no question there are some aspects
that don’t please everyone.
This amendment doesn’t commit the council to any actions. It is a request for
further information that will allow us to make informed decisions in the
future, whilst also taking into account broader questions such as how we want
our city to look and function in the long-term and how we want people to move
into and around the CBD.
Councillor Eddy Kontelj - Brownbill ward
Community members have told
me often and loudly that the Malop Street area between Moorabool Street and
Yarra Street is not working and is definitely not meeting their expectations
when it comes to traffic flow, pedestrian safety and parking.
This amendment seeks answers
to questions about these issues that I believe are not articulated in the
independent traffic review report.
The community have also been
very clear in their message to me that we cannot continue to block and tackle
vehicle access into the CBD by introducing infrastructure to physically
restrict them entering without first providing alternative transport links and
an efficient and effective public transport system. Unfortunately, the
arrangement we currently have in Malop Street is doing just this.