Today, the indicative alignments for the Regional Rail Link and Outer Ring Road were released.
As you will see, the public transport improvements are merely window dressing for the main game:
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Yes, those thick blue lines are new proposed freeways.
This puts to rest any doubts anyone had about the true intentions of this government.
VictoriaOnline - Release of Proposals
Delivering Melbourne's newest sustainable communities (sic)
Recent population forecasts indicate that Melbourne's population will reach 5 million sooner than expected. Meeting the needs of our rapidly growing population will involve more than just making sure there are enough homes for everyone.
Safeguarding our liveability also depends on:
* Having a choice of affordable housing options available;
* Meeting the transport needs of people and businesses;
* Improving employment opportunities;
* Protecting our highly valued open space and biodiversity; and
* Ensuring infrastructure and services are in place and ready to support communities as they grow.
This means that, as well as allowing for an additional 284,000 new homes to be built in Melbourne's growth areas over the next 20 years, land must be set aside now for the community and public infrastructure (including road and transport links) and employment that residents and businesses expect. Areas of open space and areas of particular natural significance must also be preserved now for everyone to enjoy into the future.
Melbourne @ 5 million and The Victorian Transport Plan, which were released by the Government at the end of 2008, proposed a number of initiatives to meet these challenges including reviewing the Urban Growth Boundary, establishing grassland reserves in Melbourne's west, and providing major transport infrastructure.
*Melbourne @ 5 million - Full Report: PDF 2.3 MB
*Melbourne 2030 - Full Report: PDF 47.9 MB
*Victorian Transport Plan - Full Report: PDF 13.5MB 164 pp
After the release of Melbourne @ 5 million and The Victorian Transport Plan, an Inter-Departmental Taskforce was established by the Department of Planning and Community Development to oversee the review of Melbourne's Urban Growth Boundary and the implementation of integrated land use and transport initiatives in Melbourne's new growth areas.
The following agencies have formed the Taskforce with the Department of Planning and Community Development:
* Department of Premier and Cabinet;
* Department of Treasury and Finance;
* Department of Sustainability and Environment;
* Department of Transport, VicRoads; and the
* Growth Areas Authority.
Delivering Melbourne's newest sustainable communities contains the findings of the Taskforce. It outlines the Government''s proposals to:
* Revise Melbourne's Urban Growth Boundary and designate land for development;
* Plan the alignments of the Regional Rail Link (west of Werribee to Deer Park) and the Outer Metropolitan Ring / E6 Transport Corridor; and
* Define the boundaries and management of areas for grassland reserves in Melbourne's west.
1. Urban Growth Boundary
Melbourne's Urban Growth Boundary is being reviewed to ensure that enough land is available to meet the needs of Melbourne's growing population.
Changes to the Urban Growth Boundary are recommended in Melbourne's west (between Melton, Caroline Springs and Werribee); north (from Epping North and Craigieburn to Beveridge and around Sunbury); and south-east (south-east of Cranbourne including Clyde).
The Department of Planning and Community Development website has detailed information about the proposed changes to the Urban Growth Boundary, including:
* Maps of the proposed revisions; and
* A report outlining the proposed changes and the rationale behind them.
DPCD: Melbourne’s population is growing fast and will be home to five million people earlier than previously anticipated. Melbourne @ 5 million updates the metropolitan strategy: Melbourne 2030: Planning for Sustainable Growth and identifies the need to accommodate an additional 600,000 new dwellings in Melbourne over the next 20 years.
Of the new dwellings required, it is anticipated that 316,000 dwellings will be accommodated in the established areas and 284,000 dwellings will be accommodated in the growth areas of Melbourne. However, the existing growth areas are not large enough to accommodate all of the new dwellings required along with the employment, infrastructure and services needed for creating new sustainable communities. This is why the Government is reviewing the location of the Urban Growth Boundary around Melbourne’s growth areas.
Changes to the Urban Growth Boundary are recommended in Melbourne’s west (between Melton, Caroline Springs and Werribee); north (from Epping North and Craigieburn to Beveridge and around Sunbury); and south-east (south-east of Cranbourne, including Clyde). The Government is seeking feedback on this proposal.
2. Regional Rail Link
*Fact Sheet - PDF 440 KB
*Project Overview - PDF 2.0MB: Map 1 Map 2 Map 3 Map 4 Map 5
*Strategic Assessment: Report for Public Consultation - Part 1 PDF 2.2MB
*Strategic Assessment: Report for Public Consultation - Part 2 PDF 1.6MB
The Regional Rail Link will be the biggest expansion of the Melbourne's rail network in 25 years. The route for the 50 kilometre, twin-track rail link, is proposed to run from west of Werribee to Southern Cross Station via Tarneit and Sunshine, separating regional and metropolitan train services.
The Government is currently consulting on the proposed alignment of the west of Werribee to Deer Park section of the overall Regional Rail Link project.
The Department of Transport website has detailed information about the proposed alignment for the Regional Rail Link, including:
* Maps of the proposed alignment; and
* A report summarising why the proposed alignment has been chosen.
3. Outer Metropolitan Ring / E6 Transport Corridor
*Planning Assessment Report, Technical Supplements and Maps
*Design Overview - JPG 1.0MB
*Detailed Design Drawings - PDF 1.6MB
The Outer Metropolitan Ring / E6 Transport Corridor will create a major arterial transport corridor providing links between Melbourne's west and north. The proposed route for the Transport Corridor includes road and rail links between the Werribee, Melton, Tullamarine and Craigieburn / Mickleham areas, a road link from the Metropolitan Ring Road in Thomastown to the Outer Metropolitan Ring Transport Corridor at the Hume Freeway, and a road link between the Deer Park Bypass and the Outer Metropolitan Ring.
The VicRoads website has detailed information about the proposed route for the Outer Metropolitan Ring / E6 Transport Corridor, including:
* Maps of the proposed route;
* A report summarising why the proposed route has been chosen; and
* Supplementary Technical Reports.
VicRoads: The Outer Metropolitan Ring / E6 Transport Corridor will be a nearly 100 kilometre long high-speed transport link for people and freight in Melbourne’s north and west, creating new road and rail transport links through the Werribee, Melton, Tullamarine, Craigieburn / Mickleham and Epping / Thomastown areas.
It will be a freeway standard road, capable of up to four lanes in each direction and four railway tracks in the median for interstate freight and high-speed passenger trains between Werribee and Kalkallo and a freeway standard road elsewhere.
Once complete, the project will:
* create better connections between key international transport hubs such as Melbourne Airport, Avalon Airport and the Port of Geelong
* improve access to the proposed Donnybrook/Beveridge Interstate Rail Terminal
* serve as an important travel and freight route to interstate and regional destinations
* link residential and employment growth areas in the north and west of Melbourne
* improve access in this major employment corridor, which includes Avalon Airport, Werribee, Melton, Melbourne Airport, Mickleham and Donnybrook
This transport corridor is central to the Government’s $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan and crucial to the social and economic development of communities in these areas.
4. Strategic Impact Assessment of Biodiversity
*Strategic Impact Assessment Report
The Victorian Government is working with the Commonwealth Government to reduce the impacts of urban development on threatened flora and fauna species. Areas of natural significance must be considered and preserved when action is taken to secure housing and infrastructure for a city's growing population. Part of developing an action plan for Melbourne's future growth has involved undertaking a Strategic Impact Assessment of Biodiversity.
The Strategic Impact Assessment identifies some key locations of national environmental significance and recommends that, in order to protect these significant areas, two major grasslands reserves be created in Melbourne's west.
Two large areas of native grassland to the west of Melbourne are proposed to be preserved for future generations. These native grasslands are listed as a critically endangered ecological community under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
and are also listed as threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
The Department of Sustainability and Environment website has details of the Strategic Impact Assessment, and the proposal to create two major grasslands reserves, including:
* A draft copy of the Strategic Impact Assessment Report;
* Maps of the proposed grasslands reserves; and
* A report summarising the rationale for creating the reserves, and their proposed location.
Getting More Information
Please note that if you own or occupy land that is likely to be affected by one of these proposals, you should receive a package of information including maps showing the proposals by mail by Tuesday 23 June 2009. If you do not receive the package, and believe that you are affected, please call us immediately on 1800 090 789 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm).
There are a four ways to get more information about the four proposals:
* Read the maps, reports and information on each project's website (see the links in project overviews
* Call our information line on 1800 090 789 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)- our staff can answer your questions and send out documents including maps, reports, and fact sheets;
* Come to one of our public information sessions
- our staff can answer your questions and provide you with information to take away;
* Visit your council
and VicRoads office locations
during office hours.
How to Comment
The Government is seeking public feedback on the following proposals:
* Melbourne's revised Urban Growth Boundary and land designated for development.
* An alignment for the Regional Rail Link (west of Werribee to Deer Park).
* An alignment for the Outer Metropolitan Ring / E6 Transport Corridor.
* The boundaries and management of proposed grassland reserves in Melbourne's west.
Public feedback is also sought on the findings set out in the Strategic Impact Assessment Report for Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
There are three ways you can provide your submission:
* Make your submission online
* Send your submission by post to the Growth Areas Authority, at PO BOX 1166, Carlton, Victoria 3053
* Hand deliver your submission to the Growth Areas Authority at Level 6, 35 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Submissions close at 5:00 pm on Friday, 17 July 2009.
All submissions will be considered by the Victorian Government before it makes any decisions. (sic)