Archive for July 25th, 2010

Regional Rail Link is a new $4.3 billion rail line that will allow hundreds of new train services to travel more reliably in and out of Melbourne every week.  Jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments, it will see up to 50 kilometres of new rail track built. Once complete, it will mean enough extra train services for up to 9,000 passengers across the network in the peak hour.

Submissions are being sought until Thursday 19 August 2010 on the proposed alignment of the Regional Rail Link between Southern Cross Station and Deer Park West.  Submissions will be used in planning construction and for the project’s Environmental Effects Act (1978) referral and Project Area Designation under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act (2009).

For more information here

WestLink is a major road connection planned to cater for massive population and economic growth in Melbourne’s west. The project has two stages:

  • Stage 1 – a road tunnel linking Dynon Road and Footscray Road in the Port of Melbourne precinct with Geelong Road and Sunshine Road in West Footscray. This includes upgrades to Sunshine Road, Dempster Street and Paramount Road.
  • Stage 2 – a longer-term road connection to the Western Ring Road.

 Linking Melbourne Authority has released three route options for WestLink.  The route options can be viewed by visiting the Linking Melbourne Authority website or by attending one of the public displays being held in late July 2010.    Feedback on the route options can be made online or by contacting Linking Melbourne Authority by Friday 13 August 2010.

More information can be found at

On 12 July 2010 key details landmark Victorian Transport Plan projects were released:-

  • routes for Regional Rail Link ,
  • WestLink, the Truck Action Plan and
  • the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel – including a new underground station in North Melbourne

Read the media release here

Two new rail stations are being built – one at Cardinia Road in Pakenham (beween Officer and Pakenham Stations) and the other at Caroline Springs (between Rockbank and Deer Park).  

Community members are invited to make submissions to name two new stations with entires closing 30 July 2010.

Cardinia Road and Caroline Springs are two areas identified in the New Stations in Growth Areas program, which aims to serve the public transport needs of growing communities.  The names for the new stations should be easily understood and be significant to the local community.  The wining entrants will be invited as guests at the station opening and will have the opportunity to be involved in the official opening ceremony and the day’s festivities.

Click here view the guidelines and submit an entry to name the new stations.

A new Victorian Community Road Safety Partnership Program was introduced on 1 July 2011 replacing the community road safety program model of Saferoads and RoadSafe.

Saferoads operated as a partnership with local government. It aimed to reduce the incidence and severity of road crashes in municipalities through the development and implementation of municipal road safety strategies and  multi-action countermeasure packages such as ‘Not So Fast’ ‘Make Motorcycling Safer’ ‘Keeping Older Drivers Safe and Mobile’ and ‘Safer Roads and Roadsides’.  RoadSafe operated through 24 Community Road Safety Councils which received grants from VicRoads to implement local road safety programs to improve the safety of road users. 

The new Victorian Community Road Safety Partnership Program Model uses a two tiered structure comprising a Victorian Community Road Safety Alliance and Local Community Road Safety Groups.

More information available form VicRoads website

EPA Waste Reduction Fund was established to assist industry to implement waste avoidance and efficiency initiatives in their businesses to reduce the waste they generate and send to landfill.  The consultation period for the new $14 million Victorian Government fund targeted at waste minimisation in the commercial, industrial, construction and demolition industries is open with feedback closing at the end of August 2010.

The program was announced as part of the Victorian Government’s landfill levy reinvestments on 24 March 2010.

Minister Jennings launched Waste Reduction Fund on 21 July 2010 and announced a consultation phase with six broad topics looking at the financial impact of the landfill levy, interest from industry in waste avoidance, existing initiatives, level and type of support available to industry, models of funding and communicating to industry.

The Fund will open in October.

More information can be found at

If your organisation is seeking to manage its exposure to climate risks and realise the growing opportunities available through developing a strategic carbon management strategy here is a site that may be of assistance to you.     In addressing climate change it is often difficult to decide how to prioritise actions and to assess which approaches provide the best environmental and financial outcomes.

The Carbon Management Principles have been developed by EPA to provide a step-by-step framework that organisations can use to drive good environmental and business outcomes. These Principles reflect a continuous improvement model with regular review required to ensure the most is made of new practices and technologies as they emerge over time.  

EPA has developed a list of useful resources to help organsiations address each step of the Carbon Management Principles when developing and implementing their carbon management strategy which is also found on the EPA Carbon Management Principles website.

Did you see the Creating Livable Cities exhibition held in Melbourne 17-23 July 2010 and hosted by Melbourne Water?  Take a look at what people are saying about the event by following this link  The water footprint of a cup of coffee is a neat idea!

The past few years have seen water management emerge as a key issue in Australia – forcing us to consider the environmental impact of the way we use water in households and industry. More than ever, Melburnians are reminded that water is a precious resource that needs to be conserved.   Melbourne Water believes that innovation and collaboration are essential to stimulate exciting alternatives to the way we manage water.   The exhibition encapsulates Melbourne Water’s vision statement, ‘Working together to ensure a sustainable water future’ by engaging with design professionals and the wider community to help shift attitudes and develop an ongoing dialogue around water use.

Comments are sought by the The Growth Areas Authority on the draft Engineering Design and Construction Manual.  Comments close 6th august 2010.  A copy of the documentation can be accessed through the Growth Areas Authroity website at  Development of the draft manual commenced in 2009 by a project group comprising representatives of all growth area councils and indsutry organisations with the assistance of GHD.   Development of the manual is an intitative to improve the land subdivision process in Melbourne and has been prepared to standardise engineering requirements for subdivision development across all of Melbourne’s growth area councils.    For further information contact Mr Chris Braddock the Engineering Infrastructure Manager at the GAA on (03) 9651 9600 or alternatively at


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