Sydney Road, Coburg - Streetscape improvements (Stage 2)

Project update

Page Street works are almost complete with final alignment of the new overhead lights to be completed in November.

Other minor work to be completed include the installation of bicycle hoops and traffic signage work items.

These have been temporarily paused while the process of a road discontinuance for Page Street is underway. This is to avoid potentially having to relocate the bicycle hoops until the future transport function of the road is confirmed as relocating the bicycle hoops would mean damaging the new laid pavers.

In addition, the orange water barriers will remain in place to stop vehicles from entering Page Street (as a temporary measure only) until the road discontinuance process is completed. We apologise for any inconvenience in this interim period.

Budget and timelines

  • Budget: Council funding circa $360,000
  • Public Tender for Construction was advertised over August 2017

Sydney Road Coburg streetscape

Sydney Road Coburg streetscape

Major stages of the project

Consultation - complete

Consultation was performed late 2016. This feedback was collated and used to inform the design and delivery of the Sydney Road upgrade. Once the upgrade is complete, a post survey will be sent out for feedback.

The purpose of the pre and post construction surveys is to get community feedback to measure satisfaction in relation to streetscape improvements undertaken and inform future upgrades.

Design - complete

Design considered feedback provided during the consultation period.

Tendering - complete

Public tender for construction was advertised over August 2017

Construction

The Road Discontinuance Process

At its meeting on 8 August 2018 (DED49/18), Council resolved to commence the procedures for a proposed road discontinuance of Page Street, Coburg in accordance with section 206 and clause 3 of schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 1989 and that Page Street remain closed until this process is completed.

It is Council’s intention for the land from the discontinued road to be kept as a link from Russell Street to Sydney Road by creating a pedestrian and cyclist friendly environment with planting, paving and street furniture within the land and bollards at both ends of the land to prevent car encroachments.

The road discontinuance process provides the community with the opportunity to have their say about the future of Page Street as a place for pedestrians and cyclists only with no access to motor vehicles. Some key dates for this process are outlined below:

Tasks completed by 15 October 2018:

  • Letters sent to Emergency Services, VicRoads and other external agencies.
  • Public notice prepared and approved.
  • Letters sent to owners of properties immediately abutting Page Street.
  • Public notice published and installation of onsite notice

15 October – 14 November 2018:

  • Have your say – Submissions opened 15 October and closed 14 November 2018.

15 November – 3 December 2019:

  • Review of submissions and preparation of summary report by Macquarie Lawyers
  • Hearing of Submissions on 3 December 2018

December 2018 - January 2019:

  • The process will conclude with a report to Council and a formal decision by Councillors.

More information

If you have any queries regarding the project, contact Council on 9240 1111.

To have your say about the future transport function of Page Street:

Please contact:

Ian Robb via email at assetmanagement@macquarielawyers.com.au

Or write to:

Macquarie Local Government Lawyers

Level 6, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

Phone: 9650 6700