There is a constant flow of issues that have the potential to adversely affect the amenity of living in South Yarra. From the provision of community services, management of parks and gardens to over and inappropriate development of the built form in the area – we as residents must be prepared to take an strong interest in civic issues in order to retain the heritage nature of our locality and preserve the amenity it affords residents and visitors.
Council must provide the resources to grade all our heritage buildings including inter-war and others. However, to be effective the policy must also identify our
remaining heritage precincts or areas and then ensure any building or development in those areas is compatible with its neighbours and neighbourhood.
The Metro Rail Project will have a huge impact on South Yarra and action is being taken. Yarra Trams have recently released details of the work they will shortly start to construct the new tramline along Toorak Rd West into St Kilda Rd following which the Park St Domain Rd service will cease. The attached letter of 3 April is our response in which we express our objections and concerns, in particular opposing the relocation of the interchange in St Kilda Rd which, if it proceeds, will mean the Park St Domain Rd service will never return.
We have been pushing Metro Rail to make a number of changes to their proposed course of action in particular to remove trucks from South Yarra, retain our tram when the project is completed and modify the Toorak Rd West tram to minimise the traffic jam. These protests will continue.
However, late last year a detailed alternative proposal was put to Metro Rail by Robert Brunner to move Domain Station north. Although that alternative was rejected by Metro Rail we think the grounds for rejection were spurious and Brunner has now prepared a rebuttal that explains why.
If implemented this alternative would solve all of our concerns and also protect the St Kilda Rd boulevard.
Here is the Brunner Proposal and his rebuttal (which lists their concerns) Our letter to MetroRail is here.
“There is no doubt that the more members MSYRG has, the more notice is taken of what we do and say. If you are not a financial member, I urge you to become one.”