Urban Affairs

Terminus station on Sydney Metro Northwest renamed

The terminus station on the Sydney Metro Northwest which will open next year has been renamed to Tallawong, a word of local significance that's derived from the Dharug word 'dalawang' for apple gum tree. The station until this point has been known as Cudgegong Road and is seeing significant amounts of new development projects proposed within the new station's environs. As you might expect for an outer suburban station, Tallawong will have a 1,...

Victoria's new local government bill introduced to state parliament

Victoria's Minister for Local Government, Marlene Kairouz, has introduced the new Local Government bill 2018 be which, if passed, will repeal some legislation relating to local governments and amend other acts. The new bill would repeal the City of Greater Geelong Act 1993, amend the City of Melbourne Act 2001, the Local Government Act 1989 and the Victorian Grants Commission Act 1976. Spring Street is characterising the new bill as one that...

Perth's Forrestfield-Airport rail link completes a major TBM milestone

Both tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that are building the new Forrestfield-Airport Link in the WA capital have smashed through into the Airport station pit having travelled 1.9km thus far. In common with tunnel projects around the world, the TBMs are named - Grace and Sandy. Grace, the frontrunner, pierced the Perth Airport station box earlier this month with Sandy smashing through on May 21st. The Forrestfield-Airport Link project began life...

Sally Capp elected Lord Mayor in City of Melbourne by-election

Sally Capp has been elected as the new lord mayor of Melbourne in a council by-election result that saw the new mayor achieve a 53:47 split after preferences were counted. The lord mayor-elect received 19,412 first preference votes, Jennifer Yang, an ALP-backed candidate received the second highest number of first preference votes at 11,774 and the Greens candidate Councillor Rohan Leppert came third in the first preference stakes with 11,296...

Box Hill's public transport interchange upgrade a step closer

The Victorian Government has announced an independent chair has been appointed to a committee of local representatives that will deliver a plan for the redevelopment of the Box Hill interchange. The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, announced Knowles Tivendale as chair of the Box Hill Transit Interchange Steering Committee. According to a Spring Street media release, the committee will build on the work the Ministerial Advisory Group...

Heavy rail 'between Monash University's campuses'? Hold your horses

Analysis and Comment Despite both the Federal Infrastructure Minister and Premier telling The Age they were both committed to waiting for the outcome of the various studies business cases into new public transport links that were commited to as part of the budgetary process, the sniping and one-upmanship of both state and federal governments does not look like it'll end all that soon. In the Federal Budget, $475 million was allocated in the...

Brisbane City Council unveils Indooroopilly bikeway project

Brisbane City Council has unveiled plans for a new bikeway that hangs above the Brisbane River in Indooroopilly, in inner south-west Brisbane. The new bridge will provide cyclists and pedestrians with their own link between the Western Freeway bikeway, the Brisbane River Loop and the University of Queensland / St. Lucia bikeway via a bridge which will hug the western bank of the Brisbane River to the south west of the Indooropilly road, rail and...

Let's not forget Gippsland and Melbourne's South East in long term rail infrastructure plans

Comment With the dizzying array of infrastructure projects happening around central Melbourne and many new projects focused on Melbourne's West, you could be forgiven for forgetting about the South East - well, the long-term planning for transport infrastructure at least. The Regional Rail Link, Melbourne Airport Rail Link, new & faster services to Geelong, maybe Melbourne Metro 2 at some point down the track (pardon the pun) - the array of...

Cutting tax revenue over the next 7 years could spell a worrisome infrastructure finance deficit

Comment It's now quite obvious why Tuesday's budget speech had effectively every infrastructure initiative announced well before the Treasurer's speech - the Turnbull Government wanted everyone to focus on its 'surprise!' tax cut plan . All of the infrastructure items in the Federal Government's 2018/2019 budget were announced before Scott Morrison rose to the despatch box in Canberra on Tuesday night - the biggest item out of all of them, the $...

Number of accessible trams stops to rise across Melbourne's tram network

Spring Street has announced a new wave of tram stop upgrades which will see $19 million spent on upgrading stops in both the north and south of the city's network. 6 stops between Victoria Parade and Kerr Street along Nicholson Street in Carlton/Fitzroy will be upgraded with centre island platforms. The #96 East Brunswick - St Kilda Beach route is now 100% operated by low-floor E-class trams. Special attention will be given to the tram stop...

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