Further Assaults on Sheil Street and Gardiners Reserve

Objections to TP-2014-955 (104-110 Haines Street) by next Tuesday 23 Dec. This is a NEW DEVELOPMENT this is not MICROWAVE MAN its additional !!!

In the process of reviewing this latest application we have realised that we are now up to 277 apartments and approximately 217 car spaces with these developments in Haines and Shiel Street. (note: this figure includes the Woods Car repairs in Shiel Street as they have lodged an application for 69 apartments with 4 storeys in the front and 8 in the back).

This is totally ridiculous for this area and we need to make people aware of this situation.

277 apartments and approximately 217 car spaces in this very small area of Haines and Shiel Street.

277 apartments and approximately 217 car spaces in this very small area of Haines and Shiel Street.


114-116 Haines Street North Melbourne 3051. RAiD says, too big too high, too dense, too much loss of light.

114-116 Haines Street North Melbourne 3051. RAiD says, too big too high, too dense, too much loss of light.

Melbourne Linking Authority RAiD 3051 Tunnel Submission

Melbourne Linking Authority RAiD 3051 Tunnel Submission.

RAiD 3051 hasn’t taken an official position via a public meeting but we have chosen to make a committee submission to the Melbourne Linking Authority regarding the East West Tunnel which we believe needs a more transparent process and would best be decided after the election in Nov 2014.

RAID@3051 submission re. East-West Link

RAiD 3051 East West Tunnel Submission

RAiD 3051 East West Tunnel Submission

Impact of the East West Road Tunnel on the inner North & West

This great map from the Kensington Association clearly demonstrates the impact of the proposed off ramp in Arden Street and the inner North & West. With no clear mandate to develop this road and with the benefit costing analysis hidden behind a Machiavellian manipulation of process (by making them confidential to a PPP agreement) it is important to get the, “not on my watch”‘ message out there. So print and stick, post and share, get your neighbours talking and if you are up for it ask your candidates about the Federal support for this State based madness.

You can link to the original here: http://www.kensingtonassociation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Impact-on-Kensington-Map.jpg


The impacts of the East West Tunnel and Arden Street off ramp, act now.

The impacts of the East West Tunnel and Arden Street off ramp, act now.

Regional Rail Link News Latest (they seem good at staying in touch)

         Regional Rail Link newsletter

July 2013

Region Rail Link Map West Melbourne North Melbourne

Region Rail Link Map West Melbourne


Welcome to this special edition of the Regional Rail Link newsletter

In this edition we give you an insight into how we deliver major works on the project through construction windows, known as ‘rail line closures’.

Many months of planning take place before we start work in the rail corridor to make sure works run smoothly and people can still get around while construction is underway.

Thank you for your understanding regarding bus replacement service as we build this new rail line and improve the public transport network.


Corey Hannett,
Chief Executive Officer,
Regional Rail Link Authority


Regional Rail Link rail line closures – Why do we do it?


Using bus replacement services when we close the rail line allows Regional Rail Link to carry out the essential work required to advance construction on the project without compromising safety.

Work includes moving existing track and building new rail along with signalling work and the widening of the rail corridor.


Since major contracts were awarded on this landmark project in 2011, we’ve already seen an enormous amount of visible progress.


All you have to do is jump on a train heading west to see the seeds of a lot of planning and hard work growing across the corridor.


From time to time, you may have seen posters, letters, newspaper advertisements and more recently tweets informing you of an upcoming rail line closure necessary to facilitate Regional Rail Link construction.


So why does the rail line have to be closed?


It’s so that major, essential and time-critical work can be carried out safely when trains aren’t running.


Holiday periods like Easter and school holidays are often good construction windows, as they are usually quieter times on the rail network and provide less disruption to commuters.


Regional Rail Link is a complex infrastructure project and there are many challenges with constructing a new rail line, such as integrating a new signalling system into an existing ageing network, relocating underground services, and building new and reconstructing existing bridges and stations.


Fixed periods for rail line closures are preferred to several smaller disruptions as they allow for a greater amount of work to be done more efficiently. This means the project advances quicker and gives commuters the chance to better plan their journeys.


We’ve had some amazing feats of construction and engineering during each one of our rail line closures, and in this special edition, we’ll give you a brief pictorial history.

The very first closure

The first major rail line closure happened during school holidays in July 2011 and formed part of a program of significant and crucial preparatory work that allowed us to advance the project to the next stage.


We’re now over half way through the total program of 80 rail line closures that include six major rail line closures and 74 weekend closures.


December 2012 and January 2013 was a massive construction time for Regional Rail Link. We undertook a significant amount of work, including construction at Footscray, West Footscray, Tottenham and Sunshine railway stations, track realignment and installation, bridge works and extensive earthworks.

How we assist rail commuters

As well as working to our construction deadlines during a rail line closure, there’s also the huge task of co-ordinating operations with Metro and V/Line to provide safe and reliable travel alternatives for affected commuters.


Bus replacement services are always in abundance, with V/Line and Metro staff members on the ground to give commuters information about timetables, and guiding travellers to Myki readers and replacement bus stops.


During major rail closures, those passing through can often grab themselves a free breakfast of fruit, coffee and sausages!

While you’re on the bus this July

Regional Rail Link is carrying out a significant amount of work between Deer Park and Southern Cross Station during school holidays this July.


• significant road works to facilitate the removal of two level crossings on Anderson Road, Sunshine;

• major bridge works at Dudley Street, West Melbourne, and Hopkins and Nicholson Streets, Footscray;

• continued construction work at railway stations, including the installation of the bridge and concourse at the new West Footscray railway station, platform and footbridge works at Footscray railway station, and the installation of the station concourse and demolition work on platforms 1 and 2 at Sunshine railway station;

• track works between North Melbourne and Sunshine;

• retaining wall works in Footscray and Tottenham; and

• foundation, overhead, signalling and lighting works.


During the December and January closure, more than 250 buses transported over 17,000 passengers in each direction each weekday while the rail lines were closed.


Flemington Rotary Club also cooked over 200 kilos of free sausages and handed out over 4,000 pieces of free fruit to commuters.


Over 460 workers spent the Queen’s Birthday long weekend completing major track, bridge & signalling works.


There was also a significant amount of work carried out over the Anzac Day weekend that delivered complex improvements to Melbourne’s rail signalling system.


What’s next?

There’s still plenty of work to do to complete the Regional Rail Link project, and buses will continue to replace trains during rail line closures. Please stay tuned to the Regional Rail Link website for more details

Rail Line closures in pictures


· The 200 tonne Dudley Street rail bridge took 3 cranes to put in place and required Dudley Street to be temporarily closed in late December 2011

· Track work between Nicholson and Albert St Footscray. The many sections of concrete you can see are called sleepers, which hold the track together, and also help mitigate the noise between the wheel and rail interface once trains are running. We’ve delivered over 40,000 of these to date!

· The work doesn’t stop for Regional Rail Link once the sun goes down. During Easter 2012, the Footscray – Deer Park team worked day and night to undertake partial demolition, overhead structure and wiring works and track installation

· You often can’t see them, but the team at Rail Systems do some crucial work during our occupations. Here they are digging one of the many trenches needed for the installation of conduits and fibre optic cables for Regional Rail Link’s signalling system

· The team getting their hands (or machines) dirty with just a small section of the earthworks undertaken between Footscray and Sunshine in December 2012 and January 2013

· The big white machine you can see to the right is called a piling machine and it weighs in at around 70 tonnes with an ability to pile up to 22 metres deep. Here it is helping to construct one of two grade separations at Anderson Road, Sunshine

· Here’s a great view from Footscray railway station during Easter 2013 where you can see the hard work extending all the way to Nicholson Street and Albert Street (in the distance).

· The Southern Cross section took a significant step forward in April this year, with signal installation works being carried out

· Replacement buses are in large supply to take commuters where they need to go

· Thanks to Rotary, affected commuters receive a free hot breakfast and some fruit!

Chalk this one up to discontent with Woolworths

Well done, tell it how it is! Remember you can email us at RAID3051@gmail.com for a poster for you or your neighbours , alternatively make your own protest about the towers. A tip from us is they are pretty hot on their trade mark and keep it a little bit nice it is after all North Melbourne and to quote Kath and Kim we are a bit more sophistimacated.

Canning Street residents against the Woolworths towers

Canning Street residents against the Woolworths towers

Map of major projects in 3051

This is a map of major project underway in 3051. If you know of other planning applications underway send me the address and details and I will add it to the RAiD3051 map.

View North & West Melbourne Development RAiD 3051 in a larger map

Big Development Rumor in 3051.

Update Sept 2012. David from HWD has come back to us on the website regarding the proposed development on Racecourse Road. David and HWD offered to meet RAiD which is great. David has also corrected the size and scale of the development which we had reported on the site and I quote form his post to the blog.

“HWD have submitted a planning application is for a 14 storey building not 16 as you state. It shall comprise 90 apartments, 14 small offices – not 30 and one cafe – not 3 large retail outlets as you have described.”

David Thank you for the update we will be in touch.

Word is a huge development is proposed for some where between 33-39 Racecourse Road. The area has a proposed zone with a 9 meter limit. The developers are talking up to 30 meters and its north facing. That means it has a big shadow. So if you know anyone at the Alfred Street end of 3051 let them know they should keep their eyes peeled. This is one is bigger than the, oh so attractive black glass number opposite 7-11 . The question for residents is: If we accept higher densities for the area as inevitable, how do we stop Flemington Road, Racecource Road the South end of Arden etc from becoming glass canyons? Developers, the MCC & successive State Governments made such a balls up of St Kilda Road by allowing anything, we dont want to be running a last gasp campaign to save the street scape and make it livable. What do we think, should each development offer planning gain in the form of social housing, a contribution to schools, aged care, the environment public open space etc? This is the balance there is profit in going up which is fine but the developers need to help pay for the services, everyone gets old, catches a tram, needs local shops, goes to the park has a connection to a school, gets sick or has a mental challenge at some point.


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Traffic Counters in many North Melbourne Streets

Traffic Counters have been installed in many North Melbourne streets by the MCC as their review the traffic patterns in 3051. This is being done in advance of any Ministerial decision on the proposed Woolworths mega development on Canning Street. RAiD is actively engaged with some great Council staff members in looking at the traffic flows in the area. We have been asked by residents and RAiD members should we hope for big numbers or little numbers? After much discussion we don’t know, so if there is an expert out there who would like to come and talk to us email us on the gmail address we would love to meet you.

Traffic Counters installed in North Melbourne as residents seek Woolworths traffic management

Traffic Counters installed in North Melbourne as residents are concerned about Woolworths traffic management

Northwest Melbourne Association invites you to meet the candidates June 09th

RAiD thanks the Northwest Melbourne Association for telling us about the meet the candidates forum scheduled for next week.

Meet the Candidates Forum for the State Seat of Melbourne By Election Please mark your calendars now.
Following the resignation of Bronwyn Pike there will be a by election on 21 July.
7-30 pm Monday 9 July 2012 at Church of All Nations 180 Palmerston St., Carlton (cnr Drummond St)
Nominations: include Ms Cathy Oke, Greens, and Ms Jennifer Kanis, ALP. (Both are Melbourne City Councillors.) Others are expected to nominate.

Candidates for State Seat of Melbourne Election, tell them integrated development matters

Candidates for State Seat of Melbourne Election, tell them integrated development matters

Traffic Management update 12 March

Just a quick up date on two items

1. At Tuesday night’s MCC Future Melbourne Committee a motion put by Cr Shanahan (in responding to RAID’s request) for a working party to be convened to consider traffic management options around the proposed Woolworths site was unanimously supported.  Our thanks to Councillors for their foresight in supporting this initiative.  RAID will be represented on the working party.

2. RAID will have a stall at the North Melbourne Primary School Fete on Friday afternoon/evening (4.00 – 8.00 pm, March 16th).  Membership forms will be available so come and sign up.