COUNCILLORS WHO REFUSED TO SUPPORT TRAFFIC STUDY SOUTH OF DONCASTER RD
Councillor Gough, despite the childish interruptions from one particular Councillor, a cheer leader for the administration, and challenges to its relevance while speaking to his motion, was still able to obtain a majority vote determining that the Manningham Infrastructure Services Unit immediately undertake:
1. A new vehicle movement and parking study; and 2. An open space and community amenity study in the area of Doncaster Hill south of Doncaster Road and east of Tram Road. (Precinct 2.)
A division was called by Councillor Gough (pictured left) in relation to the supplementary motion, those Councillors voting for the motion being Councillors Chen, Zafiropoulos, Haynes, Gough and Conlon and those voting against the motion being Councillors McLeish, Kleinert, Galbally and Piccinini.
The division was
not recorded in the minutes of the council meeting held on the 28 of May. Council acknowledged the omission from the minutes of the ordinary meeting held on 28 May 2019 and officially confirmed them at the ordinary meeting held on 23 July 2019. See 1.47. o9 of video below.
This area on the south of Doncaster Road, between Tram Road and Whittens Lane (precinct 2), which has limited access and no parallel cross streets (east/west) due to topography of the area, was expected to provide access to approximately 1,600 high rise apartments along the south side of Doncaster Road plus the increase in high density apartments as per the reformed residential zones, (11 metres and three storeys) that are planned below it.
Coherence have been informed that the current access route to the area at Frank Street from Eildon Street, after leaving the eastern freeway at Elgar Road, will not be permitted by VicRoads. Traffic will now be directed north along Tram Road to U-turn or turn right at Merlin Street where traffic lights are to be installed. This was to minimise congestion on the Doncaster Road, by accessing these main road developments through the residential street network.
The original GTA study of the Doncaster Hill Strategy in 2002, which did not include the Golf Links Estate residential development, the proposed extension to Westfield and the giant Bunnings development which includes the Bunning Store, two apartment towers and an eight storey hotel, had warned council of the need to accept a lower development density if travel behaviour is not changed.
Now, 17 years later, car dependency has mushroomed. Measures to encourage a mode shift for users, away from private vehicle and onto alternate transport modes (public transport, walking and cycling) on Doncaster Hill have been a complete failure and waste of money as the 2016 Census has shown.. Hundreds of thousand dollars were spent on the shared Cycling and Pedestrian circuit plan (above), which had been promoted from 2003 to 2009, was cancelled due safety concerns and legal issues.
GTA Traffic Modelling September 2002
10.6.1 Existing Travel Patterns In Future Years (Scenarios A & B)
The extension of the eastern Freeway to Springvale Road in November 1997
significantly reduced traffic volumes along Doncaster Road, and provided an
opportunity to accommodate future growth in and around Doncaster. However, a strategy based largely on car dependency (or existing travel patterns) to service future development is likely to return back to pre-1997 congestion levels on main roads through the study area. However, the performance of these scenarios is unsatisfactory in the critical PM Peak periods and as such demonstrates the need to accept a lower development density if travel behaviour is not changed.