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Neighbourhood Improvement Plans

Do you think council could do a better job at looking after our parks, trees, roads and footpaths?

If you do then you are not alone.

That’s why I am committed to introducing Neighbourhood Improvement Plans for each local area.

Each plan will set out all of the maintenance and improvements planned in your area for the next three years. Everything from road and footpath works, tree planting, park improvements, street cleaning and graffiti removal will be included. The plans will also indicate what council services are available in your area and what is being done to improve these.

Just as importantly, I will consult with residents on the draft plans and report back twice a year on what has been delivered.

Truck Curfews – Extended and Enforced

Despite a truck curfew having been in place on Somerville Road and Francis Street for ten years, the latest VicRoads truck count shows the problem is actually getting worse.1

With only 23 trucks fined for breaking the curfew in 2011/12 it is clear the curfew is not being properly enforced.

While the problem of trucks on Somerville Road and Francis Street can’t be solved by council alone, there are things that can be done that will make a difference.

If I am elected to council in October I will immediately move that council adopts a new truck curfew policy that will include:

  • Extending the Francis Street and Somerville Road night and weekend truck curfews to include Saturday mornings.
  • Introducing a night and all weekend truck curfew for Moore Street, Footscray and Buckley Street, Seddon.
  • The installation of numberplate recognition cameras to ensure that every truck that breaks the curfew is fined.
  • A doubling of the fine, to $282, for breaking the curfew.
  • The use of council’s by-laws powers to fine container park operators in the area when dirt and gravel from their operations spill out onto our streets.

1. Rumbling through the night as trucks break curfew in inner west: The Age, 18/9/2012
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/truck-noise-a-concern-in-inner-west-epa-20121008-2782m.html

Pedestrian lights on the corner of Powell and Francis Streets, Yarraville

A recent VicRoads truck count has revealed Francis Street is used by a staggering 5800 trucks a day.1

While the problem of trucks on Francis Street can’t be solved by council alone, there are things that can be done that will make a difference.

One of these is to ensure there are safe ways for residents south of Francis Street to access the train station, shops, parks and schools in central Yarraville.

That’s why I will move that council installs a pedestrian crossing at the corner of Powell and Francis Streets if I am elected in October.

Pedestrian crossings have been installed further along Francis Street for this very reason but unfortunately council has not done the same for residents in this area.

1. Truck curfew: Curbs fail to cut Maribyrnong's night traffic, Maribyrnong Weekly, 18/9/2012

A second, free of charge, hard waste collection for age and disability pensioners

Currently our age and disability pensioners have to pay $60 if they need a second waste collection in any given year.

If I am elected in October I will introduce a second, free of charge, hard waste collection for age and disability pensioners.

Bike Paths

As a keen cyclist and the father of two young children I am committed to:

  • Improving the network of cycling paths and bike lanes to provide a safe and accessible cycling network for people to be able to ride to work.
  • Improving the network of cycling paths and bike lanes within the City of Maribyrnong so that families can safely ride to local parks, schools and shops.

 

authorised by L.Rees 63 Sanderson Street, Yarraville 3013

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