Casey Corner

 

A message from Ward Councillor Wayne Smith
August 2014

All Lynbrookians should be excited about the progress of the construction of the new Lynbrook Community Centre. Opening early next year, this new complex will no doubt become the hub of this great community.

Damien Rosario, the other Rivergum Ward Councillor, and I have recently asked Council to lobby VicRoads to keep the Northey Road on and off ramp on the proposed upgrade of Westernport Highway to a Freeway. All Lynbrook (and Lyndhurst) residents will be well aware of the shortage of entrances into and exits from Lynbrook so we were horrified to discover that VicRoads are intending to close Northey Road once the Westernport Freeway is upgraded. Residents must join the campaign to convince VicRoads and the Government that keeping this roadway open must be an imperative.

I’d like to remind residents that I am available as a local Justice of the Peace to witness and sign documents and can be contacted on 0417 389 039 to make an appointment.

Update from Casey Council on the new Lynbrook Community Centre

Council is excited to report on the progress of the Lynbrook Integrated Community Centre.

Architects are using the recommendations from community consultation to inform their design, which is now at a detailed design phase with construction due to commence early 2014.

Some of the great outcomes that we are seeing in the design include a range of multipurpose rooms of differing sizes (including a large hall area), consulting room space for visiting services, a large community kitchen that can be used for cooking demonstrations and large storage areas. Through consultation with community services, a range of disability groups raised an adult change room as a growing requirement to support the delivery of their programs and services. We are very pleased to report that these features, amongst other recommendations emerging from the community consultation, will be included in the detailed design of this facility.

We would appreciate you sharing this update with the Lynbrook Residents Association and any other local contacts.

In addition to this email, development of a fact sheet is underway to provide a more comprehensive update on the progress of the Lynbrook Integrated Community Centre including the key milestones and timeline for the Lynbrook Integrated Community Centre.

We will distribute this update in the next few weeks.

Yours faithfully

Caz McLean
Team Leader Community Facilities
City of Casey
PO Box 1000 Narre Warren VIC 3805
Direct: 9705 5708 Mobile: 0409 037 329
E-mail: cmclean@casey.vic.gov.au
Website: www.casey.vic.gov.au

A message from Ward Councillor Damien Rosario …

Dear Lynbrook residents,

As your Rivergum Ward Councillor, I’d like to address, and communicate the City of Casey’s position on several local issues raised by residents recently as well as update our Lynbrook residents on other developments within the local area. Please see below for full details.

NOTE: Due to the tragic passing away of our newborn Daughter, the planned meet and greet that was originally scheduled for Saturday 4th May has had to be postponed.

Status of Evans Road

Council closed Evans Road to through traffic a number of years ago as the condition and standard of the road was not suitable for the traffic volumes that were using the route.

Since then Council has upgraded Evans Road between Thompsons Road and South Gippsland Highway to a sealed road standard as the first carriageway of a future duplicated arterial road.

VicRoads has specifically required Council to not reopen Evans Road to through traffic until VicRoads has upgraded the intersection at Evans Road / South Gippsland Highway / Hallam Road.  Enquiries regarding the timing for the intersection upgrade and hence the reopening of Evans Road should be directed to VicRoads.

Clarifying Aylmer Road crossing rumours

In the early 1990s the State Government approved development plans for the Lynbrook/Lyndhurst area with a level crossing at Aylmer Road, with developers required to make contributions for the level crossing. However a few years ago, when Council was planning to construct the level crossing, the State Government changed the rules to prevent any further level crossings throughout Victoria. This meant that connectivity between Lynbrook and Lyndhurst could only be achieved via an overpass or an underpass.

As an underpass would be considerably more expensive than a level crossing, Council considered that the State Government should fund the extra cost.

Council’s advocacy efforts in relation to this matter are firmly focussed on the State Government contributing funding for an underpass – the option of a level crossing is not being pursued by Council.

The current version of the Lynbrook and Lyndhurst Development Plan still makes reference to an “at-grade” crossing at Aylmer Road reflecting the original planning for the area.  Council will be updating this document to recognise the change in circumstance brought about by the State Government’s changes to railway crossing planning.

Hard waste collection investigation

Council has received numerous feedback about the on demand hard waste collection and is reviewing the current system as per council’s resolution in this matter.

The results of the investigation are still pending. Updates will be given as I receive them.

Lynbrook Waterways maintenance

A lot of good work has gone into keeping with the maintenance of our Lynbrook Waterways.

Recently Cr Smith and I, a council officer and representatives from Melbourne Water had walked the length of the waterways flagging areas of concern, discussing ongoing works and strategies for improving future maintenance practices of the waterways.

Such ideas being discussed include running educational programs in local schools, and perhaps for households, to better help our residents understand the nature of the waterways and how they can help to maintain it with us.

Council has a terrific relationship with Melbourne Water and we will continue to work closely together to ensure the upkeep of our wonderful resources.

Lynbrook Primary School traffic conditions

A number of traffic congestion and safety issues, related to drop off and pick up of children outside of Lynbrook Primary School, have been raised with me of late.

In response, I have raised a notice of motion that council officers, ward councillors and Lynbrook Primary School representatives meet to discuss the problem and how best to move forward.

This meeting will be held Wednesday 17th April.

Ward funds for Lynbrook Residents Association

Councillor Smith and I have recently granted the LRA $500 in ward funds to assist with their website and mail box costs due to their rapid growth and the popularity of their services.

Cr Smith and I are very supportive of the fine work that the LRA does and the community spirit that it invokes through its activities. We look forward to working with the LRA in the future.

Conclusion

I’d like to thank the Lynbrook Residents Association for allowing me to acknowledge the questions that I’ve been fielding. Cr Smith and I are always happy to communicate with our residents.  

Should residents have questions regarding the mentioned topics or wish to raise any issues/ideas, please do not hesitate to contact Cr Smith or myself:

Cr. Damien Rosario
Mobile: 0400 046 691
Email: drosario@casey.vic.gov.au

Cr. Wayne Smith, JP
Mob: 0417 389 039
Email:  wsmith@casey.vic.gov.au