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180710Tu Metro Twitter:
- Town Hall.
- Kororoit Creek Rd.
- 1930s VR artwork.

180710Tu Melbourne 'Herald Sun':
- bus strike.
- Regent carpark.
- energy, prices. with tdu.

180710Tu 'Brisbane Times' - crossriver rail.

180710Tu Melbourne 'Age' - Town Hall excavation (D Bowen).

Roderick.

10.7.18 Metro Twitter
7.17 Belgrave/Lilydale lines: Minor delays (police near Ringwood).
- 7.27 clearing.
8.06 Pakenham/Cranbourne lines: Delays clearing after an earlier
[unannounced] ill passenger at Noble Park.
- 8.08 And to help yourselves I have to change trains again. Standard Metro
skipping stations. Is your 98% Delivered results based on train hitting
every station they are supposed to?
- 8.13 Funny didn't even take 2 min to sort the issue with the ill
passenger. Just left the girl and moved on, so the delays are obviously the
standard delays.
- 19.25 Delays in the mornings and in the evenings ... delays are the new
norm. I can guarantee that the service metrics are so detached from user
experience.
8.23 Ascot Vale: Please take extra care around Ascot Vale station this
morning (a burst water main in Station St). Workers are at the scene,
attending to the fault.
CDC bus services will be disrupted today in Geelong, Ballarat & Melbourne
(excluding route 400), because of protected industrial action.
There will be TESTS of the Melbourne CBD public-address system this morning
11-11.30. If you hear the test, there is no cause for panic. Police will be
at each of the 65 speaker sites to provide reassurance & respond to any
community concerns.
Line drawings found among the Public Transport Corporation slides. Perhaps
they were initial drawings to later be used for promotional materials such
as tourism posters or brochures?
12.04 Sunbury line: Minor delays (a track fault near Diggers Rest).
- 17.43 Cranbourne/Pakenham lines: What’s with all the afternoon delays?
- 17.54 Minor Delays (an equipment fault near South Yarra).
- 19.26 Is there an update on this? Debating if I should catch a cab home.
- 19.45 Still minor delays.
We've almost reached the halfway mark of our work at Kororoit Creek Road
(Williamstown North). Over the weekend, our crew completed the installation
of all piers for the citybound rail bridge. The final concrete L-beam is
now in place over the road. The beams will form the bridge over which trains
will run.
20.17 The hoardings at our Town Hall Station site are hosting some of the
icons from MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Melbourne Express, Tuesday, July 10, 2018.
Reminder: Emergency sirens to sound in warning system demo.
8.33 There are now delays on the Pakenham, Cranbourne, Sunbury, Belgrave and
Lilydale lines.
8.20 An Express reader says he saw a hot air balloon floating low over
Chatsworth road, Hawksburn before possibly landing in a Toorak park.
He's not sure if the balloon has come down.
A cool photo of Town Hall station under construction .
Bus cancellations because of industrial action . If you catch a bus to work
or school, you may be left out in the cold this morning. CDC bus drivers
have walked off the job as part of a 24-hour strike. The operator and
Transport Workers Union have failed to reach an agreement over a pay
dispute. The strike will impact about one in eight of Melbourne’s bus
routes. More info.
7.40 Delays up to 10 min on the Sunbury Line (an equipment fault near
Diggers Rest).
* Lilydale and Belgrave: delays up to 15 minutes clearing after an earlier
Police action near Ringwood.
Transurban making tens of millions of dollars in fees from motorists. The
fees are meant to cover ionly the toll road operator’s costs, leaked
documents show. Under its contract with state governments, Transurban is
only meant to charge fees reflecting the costs it incurs. But nationally in
2016 it charged its customers fees totalling $147 million.
The 7.07 up Ringwood has been cancelled.
The 7.40 up Belgrave has been cancelled (faulty train at 6.19).
'No cause for panic'. The warning system comes in response to the Bourke
Street attack, when a car ploughed into pedestrians, killing six people and
injuring dozens of others in January 2017.
“If you hear the test alert or notice an enhanced police presence in the
CBD [this] morning, there is no cause for panic,” Assistant Commissioner
Stephen Leane said. (read more in 5.54am post)
Emergency sirens to sound in warning system demo.
Don’t be alarmed when emergency sirens ring out from 65 CBD locations as
part of a test of Melbourne’s new emergency warning system on this morning.
The warning, which will include a recorded message that states it is a test,
will run for about five minutes.
<www.theage.com.au/melbourne-news/melbourne-express-tuesday-july-10-2018-201
80710-p4zqi2.html>

Services back to normal after NGR train triggers overhead line issues 8 July
2018.
South-east Queensland trains are back on track after weekend customers faced
20-minute network-wide delays and buses were called in to replace affected
services.
Queensland Rail said services returned to normal about 5.20pm with the
repair work expected to be completed on Sunday night and no residual delays
anticipated for the Monday morning peak hour.
A New Generation Rollingstock train. Photo: Supplied.
A New Generation Rollingstock train came into contact with the overhead
power lines between Central and Roma Street stations about 8.30pm on
Saturday.
Sparks flew and both the train and network power supply were damaged.
QR said an estimated 1.2 kilometres of damaged overhead equipment needed to
be repaired after the incident involving the Airport service and overhead
lines.
Almost 60 passengers were stranded on board the damaged NGR train for just
more than an hour on Saturday night before they were able to disembark.
The incident caused delays on Saturday night and they continued on Sunday,
with 20-minute delays across the network and buses called in to replace
affected services.
"Crews are working as quickly as possible to repair the damage and services
have been restored through to Roma Street station," QR said in a statement.
"Services that would normally pass South Brisbane station on the Gold Coast,
Beenleigh and Cleveland lines are being rerouted through the Tennyson loop
line.
"Gold Coast and Beenleigh trains are running express from Moorooka to Roma
Street stations and Cleveland trains are running express from Buranda to
Roma Street, stopping only at Yeerongpilly station.
"Rail replacement buses are conveying customers wanting to access stations
between Moorooka and Roma Street.
"All other services are experiencing moderate delays as they pass through
the inner-city area."
QR apologised to affected customers and said it expected the repairs to be
completed before the Monday morning peak hour, but vowed to keep customers
informed through the TransLink website.
"Repairs are continuing today and we ask that people allow additional travel
time if travelling through the inner city area," the statement read.
"Our first priority is safely repairing the damage to overhead power lines
and restoring full services for our customers. Investigations will be
undertaken to determine the cause of the issue."
A QR spokeswoman said at 4pm on Sunday that repairs were still going and the
Beenleigh, Cleveland, Ferny Grove, Gold Coast and Shorncliffe lines were
still experiencing 20-minute delays, but the rest of the network had
recovered.
Beenleigh and Gold Coast trains were continuing to run express in both
directions between Roma Street and Moorooka via the Tennyson loop. Cleveland
trains were still running express in both directions between Roma Street and
Buranda, stopping only at Yeerongpilly station.
Buses were still replacing affected rail services between Roma Street and
Moorooka, departing from rail replacement bus stops.
<www.theage.com.au/national/queensland/train-network-delays-buses-called-in-
after-overhead-line-issues-20180708-p4zq6s.html>

Rediscovered: The once-forgotten Aboriginal names for ten Melbourne suburbs
Jul 10, 2018.
Ten previously forgotten Aboriginal names for 19th century sites and suburbs
of Melbourne have been recently unearthed at the Melbourne Museum. These
include the names for Fitzroy (Ngár-go), Richmond (Quo-yung), Collingwood
(Yálla-
birr-ang) and Brunswick (Bulleke-bek).
These names were in a cache of notes made by Alfred William Howitt, an
anthropologist and Gippsland magistrate. His jottings appear to be records
of conversations he had sometime between 1897 and 1901 with William Barak,
ngurungaeta
(leader) of the Wurundjeri-willam, the traditional owners of what is now
northern Melbourne, and Dick Richards, Barak’s fellow Kulin countryman.
(The Kulin was an alliance of Aboriginal nations in central Victoria.)
Howitt’s palm-sized, leather bound notebooks, written in his barely legible
hand, were not precise or verbatim records of these conversations but aides
to memory. Held in the museum since the 1950s as a small part of his
extensive
collection, they are difficult to decipher and require expert scholarship to
decode. Throughout one notebook we can see that Howitt has jotted down
Aboriginal names, mostly in the Woiwurrung language once spoken in the
Melbourne area, corresponding to landmarks and municipalities that arose in
Melbourne town during Barak’s lifetime. (He lived from around 1824 to
1903).
Although there is no accompanying map, these names identify landmarks and
perhaps sites of Ancestral stories on land owned by Barak’s clan and
beyond. They add some 10 new locality names and further tantalising details
to what is
already known from other publications.
Aboriginal Melbourne
Fitzroy, for example, the first suburb of Melbourne gazetted in 1839 and the
first municipality beyond the Melbourne borders, is listed in Howitt’s
notebook as Ngár-go, meaning “high ground”. Although a Woiwurrung name
for the Fitzroy area has not been noted before, the records of colonist
Daniel Bunce include “N’gorack”, a similar term to describe a “mountain,
peak or hill”.
The suburb of Brunswick corresponds to Bulleke bek, a term that appears to
include the suffix “bik” meaning “ground/country/place”, although
Howitt’s English gloss for this name is difficult to decipher. His
handwriting is so tiny and rushed that he appears to have either written
“flat country with scattered trees” or “flat country where scott’s
work”.
An extract from Howitt’s place names notes, including the word for
Brunswick, Bulleke bek.Source: Melbourne Museum, XM765
The boundaries of European suburbs or municipalities did not, of course,
correspond with the pre-existing Aboriginal conceptions of place. We have to
acknowledge that we do not exactly know what Barak and Richards were
referring to when they provided Howitt with these terms.
Did they refer to areas within a particular clan boundary (usually called an
“estate” in anthropological parlance) or were they the names of very
specific sites; perhaps a tree, a rock, a bend in the river or a hill? The
truth is that in the absence of more precise geospatial information we will
never know.
An extract from A.W. Howitt’s notebook showing the name for the
‘Collingwood Flat’. Source: Melbourne Museum, XM765
These names do nevertheless add further details to an alternative vision of
Australia’s fastest growing metropolis. Some names describe land use or
vegetation that have in most cases been eradicated, others are suggestive of
ancestral stories.
The term for Collingwood Flat, Yalla-birr-ang, for example, is described as
“a very old name” that means “the wooden point of a reed spear”. This
may reference the place in a story where an Ancestor fashioned a spear
point, or fixed
one. To complicate things, though, a very similar term, yallanēbirong, was
listed by an earlier ethnographer not as a place name, but as a word for
“blanket”.
Indigenous words, phrases and place names have been taken up and used in
mainstream Australia since colonisation, but often with a limited
appreciation of their nuance or complexity. Universities, for example, are
eagerly adopting
Indigenous names to furnish their meeting rooms and public spaces. Some
local councils are keen to source Indigenous names for new parks, river ways
and streets.
And while the recuperation of this material is essential for recognising and
acknowledging Indigenous presence (deep into the past and ongoing),
interpreting this material is not straight-forward, as linguistic and
anthropological
literature has shown, especially when it comes from scant archival material..
The Woiwurrung name for “Cathedral”, “Geeburr” in Howitt’s notes is
especially intriguing and difficult to decipher. It may refer to the site of
one of the two Melbourne Cathedrals that were completed just prior to these
conversations taking place. St. Pauls was largely finished in 1891, while St
Patricks, situated on the high ground identified as Ngár-go (though further
east than the borders of Fitzroy), was consecrated a little later in 1897.
Or, perhaps “Geeburr” is a generic reference to a place recognised as
“sacred” by Aboriginal people and not a specific place name at all? The
only other name referring to a building rather than a place is the “S.P.
Office”, presumably meaning the office of the Superintendent of Police,
which Howitt records as “Turrák-gullia arm”.
The trials of translation
Place names throw up many linguistic issues that we need to consider in our
analysis. Aboriginal languages in Victoria had sounds not used in English
which could easily confuse European scribes.
Take the name for the River Yarra. In 1876, Robert Brough Smyth recorded the
Woiwurrung name for the river as “Birr-arrung”, but failed to tell us from
whom or when it was collected. Most Melburnians will now recognise this in
the name for the large green-space located nearby to Federation square,
Birrarung Marr.
However many years earlier, Rev William Thomas made a sketch map of
Aboriginal names for the rivers and creeks in the Yarra valley. He wrote
“Yarra Yarra or Paarran” next to the outline of the course of the river.
Melbourne still uses a derivative of this word, Prahran, for one of its
suburbs, although it is not beside the river.
Edward M. Curr, in his 1887 book The Australian Race, recorded the name for
the river as Bay-ray-rung. In fact these four words, Birrarrung, Paarran,
Bay-ray-rung and Prahran, are different spellings of the same word. The
original word included sounds we can’t write in English, and we cannot be
sure of the original pronunciation (as there are no audio recordings of
fluent speakers of the Kulin languages). We can at least say though, that
this was a place name
associated with the river, perhaps related to the word for “mist” or
“fog”, that was elsewhere recorded as “boorroong” or “boorr-arrang”.
The more commonly known name “Yarra” however came from surveyor John
Helder Wedge, who upon asking a Wathawurrung speaker from the Geelong area
what the cascading waters on a lower section of the river were called,
exclaimed “Yanna
Yanna”, meaning “it flows”. Wedge’s mishearing and misunderstanding
became the accepted name of Melbourne’s iconic waterway.
Howitt’s scrambled notes conjure the difficulties of precolonial
interaction and cross-cultural understanding in early Melbourne but they
also highlight the challenges of post-colonial recognition and adjustment.
The faint echoes of the conversations between Richards, Barak and Howitt
resonate from the 19th century as the citizens of present day Melbourne
wrestle with our colonial heritage.
This research is part of a large multi-institutional project on colonial
records involving Aboriginal communities, historians, linguists and
anthropologists, led by Deakin University in partnership with Melbourne
Museum.
The authors would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri Council for their
assistance in preparing this article. Permission for access and use of any
cultural information, language, and place names within this article must be
obtained by
written approval from the Wurundjeri Council.
Jason Gibson, Research Fellow, Deakin University; Helen Gardner, Associate
Professor of History, Deakin University, and Stephen Morey, Senior Lecturer,
Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University
<www.domain.com.au/news/rediscovered-the-onceforgotten-aboriginal-names-for-
ten-melbourne-suburbs-20180710-h12gyq-751824>

CDC bus strike leaves commuters in the cold.
Herald Sun July 10, 2018.
video: Melbourne taxi drivers protest against UberX.
THOUSANDS of commuters were left out in the cold today as bus drivers across
the state walked off the job, but the union warns the strike could continue..
The 24-hour strike by CDC bus drivers began this morning after last ditch
attempts to reach an agreement between the operator and the Transport
Workers Union over a bitter pay dispute failed this week.
And while TWU national vice-president John Berger acknowledged the
disruptions the strike would cause, he warned there could be more on the
way.
“It’s unfortunate, but if we are still unable to get this matter
resolved, we will continue with work stoppages on Friday and next Tuesday
and Friday,” he said.
The planned industrial action for next week, involving four-hour stoppages,
would come as Victorian children return from school holidays and in coming
weeks could extend to another government provider Transdev.
Bus drivers strike at the Wyndham depot in Truganina today. Picture: AAP
Image/Wayne Taylor
Bus services in Ballarat, Geelong and up to 49 metropolitan bus routes
across Melbourne’s west, inner east and southeast will be affected in the
first job walk-off to hit the bus industry in 20 years.
After 9am, a majority of Geelong bus routes started operating to a Sunday
timetable according to CDC, but the operator advised passengers to contact
the depot on 5240 5000 for more information.
Non-CDC bus services and CDC’s route 400 will not be affected.
Almost 600 CDC bus drivers are striking in protest over the 2.5 per cent pay
rise — with the union demanding at least a 4 per cent pay boost.
Mr Berger said the company’s offer has “angered” and “insulted”
members.
“These drivers work long hours from early morning to the dead of night in
performing an important community service,” he said.
“The thanks they often get is being robbed and verbally and physically
abused by passengers, punched, kicked, knocked unconscious, having knives
and blunt objects pulled on the them with very little or no protection.”
TWU National Vice President John Berger, right, during today’s Victorian
bus drivers strike. Picture: AAP Image/Wayne Taylor
Public Transport Victoria boss chief executive officer Jeroen Weimar had
last week urged both parties sort out the dispute and to put passengers
first.
CDC Victoria chief executive Nicholas Yap respected drivers’ rights to take
action but was disappointed it would cause “such a disruption” and
apologised to customers for the inconvenience.
AFFECTED ROUTES
Melbourne Routes 150, 151, 153, 160, 161, 166, 167, 170, 180, 181, 190, 191,
192, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 414, 415, 417, 418, 419, 421, 423,
424, 425, 439, 441, 443, 461, 494, 495, 496, 497, 498, 601, 605, 606, 612,
623, 624, 625, 626, 630, 900.
Ballarat All bus routes.
Geelong Routes 1, 10, 11, 12, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 43.
<www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/cdc-bus-strike-leaves-commuters-in-the-c
old/news-story/1b1315333911b33137cae89e766fd872>
* yes its true I was a tram conductor for over 9 years operating out of the
essendon tramways depot i received 3 threats to kill by various members of
the public spat on abused racially discriminated against . yet no one cares
..
certainly not the union the management and even your co workers. working in
that job was a nightmare you were left totally on your own . and got little
pay or any other benefits. over a period of ten years the Trammies received
not even a single dollar pay rise at all. totally ineffective union. So I
wish TWU members the best of luck in their fight to get some justrice.
* WHO OR WHAT DEPARTMENT in OUR Victorian Government is preventing the
publication of PT Bus timetables with ALL STOPS SHOWN?
Using all caps for something that is available on the PTV website makes you
look very silly and unhappy.
* there are plenty of work place laws in Australia to protect the worker.
Unions these days are about power and greed.
* Yet again this is what happens when Labor is in power, the unions are out
of control. Please remember this come November election time
* Government should buy Google buses but not before the Driverless trains
are in place.
* The least effective by far part of Melbourne's Public Transport?
* Hope they freeze their butts off standing around doing nothing and leaving
people stranded.
* Welcome to Victoria, the Union State led by Comrade Andrews!
* Unions seem to operate best in public service where wage increases a
easily funded and conditions improved straight from the public purse.
* we are not even allowed to see all their stops for their routes!
* Those Orange things...that no one uses as they come past every hour.
* So a 4% pay rise will stop the abuse, punching, kicking and knives being
pulled?
* Employees of the State, what else would you expect.
* Never understood why the unions feel inconveniencing everyone else would
help their cause?
* Because it works. Employers can't sack someone for going on strike, so
they are left with little option. Too much power in the hands of unions
* And some Employers, too.
* The union's argument is about safety issues, but are demanding more money,
rather than improving the safety issues.
* No union has ever worried about worker safety. It's just the catchall they
use when they want to force the employers hand. But there are plenty of
gullible who believe the union organisers cry that the employer is somehow
evil.
* A lot of migrants work in the bus industry they work hard but are less
likely to strike than if the drivers were in the main of anglo saxon
backgroiund. having lots of migrants in a job means having a passive
workforce. So I am glad this migrant workforce is taking a stand by striking
so as to get some justice in the workforce.
* Yes its very true, the unions do not give a toss about workers safety .
They couldn't care less about it. I should know because I was a tram
conductor for over nine years spat on threatened with threats to kill.what
did the union do? Nothing. they hushed it up in fact so as not to incur the
displeasure of management.
* who gave us everything you take for granted. Try working in Asia and see
how you go.
* they had their time...all they do now is cost jobs...kill manufacturing
and close down cities. Not needed..RIP unions.
* Which is precisely the reason most of our manufacturing industry has
closed down. We are uncompetitive... way too expensive by world standards. I
have seen unions prefer to close down factories, shut down a business, put
hundreds out of work, rather than back down from an EBA that they consider
inadequate... in most cases these are well paid workers. Keep telling
yourself how much we owe to the unions with the next business closure, or
company that shuns setting up shop in Victoria, in preference to a cheaper
state or country.
* Yes, quite a bit of difference between the work ethic here and say in Hong
Kong. There is a sense of urgency to get the job done there instead of one
working and the rest standing around watching.
* You probably now work on a casual basis with little job security, little
or no penalty rates, work on weekends and may be a victim of wage theft. You
probably never knew how good working in Australia used to be.
* Yep, I use to work for one of the car manufacturers that has now closed
down. Every time the company goes on the brink of bankruptcy and the
federal government gives us a big handout to keep us operating in Australia,
a few weeks
later the unions will be on strike asking for a pay rise and their share of
that handout. It was a matter of time until the unions ultimately drove us
into demise. The carbon tax didn't help either; utilities was one of the
highest
expense categories after labour costs. You sow what you reap. Australians
only have themselves to blame as to why there is no longer an automotive
industry.
* What is "wage theft"???
* It's not the Unions who close the businsses, it's the Employer and the
Govt.
When they don't get their way and then go, bye, we will to OS.
And will then Employ there, for less pay etc, to the worker's.
If we don't get our way...!
* You constantly bash Unions. Would love to see you work in the 3rd world
countries. Easy to comment in the comfort of your 38 hr week environment.
These guys have not had a dispute for 20 yrs and are asking for a small
increase. They are constantly abused and a few were recently hospitalised.
Have some perspective. By the way they could have provided better notice
before the strike action.
* threats and abuse are part of the job of a bus driver. I know I was a tram
conductor for over nine years i received 3 threats to kill from members of
the public. Also there is a very high degree of RACIAL DISCRIMINATION in
that job.
almost every day someone will racially discriminate against you in that job..
You then realise that all this multicultural talk is full of hot air and
that Australia is quite a racist place. Unfortunately.

Small businesses are feeling the pain on energy 10 July 2018.
<www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/small-businesses-are-feeling-the-pai
n-on-energy-20180710-p4zqny.html>

The largest demolition project in Brisbane since the Executive Building 10
July 2018. 8 comments.
Talking points:
*About 3000 square metres of windows and glazing will be removed from the
Landcentre site, with works beginning this week.
*About 2200 tonnes of steel, including reinforcement and cable trays, will
be removed.
*873 staff were moved to existing government office buildings during recent
months.
*About 2134 office items were donated to schools, including Camp Hill,
Shailer Park and Raceview.
Work has begun to tear down the nine storey Landcentre building at
Woolloongabba for the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project.
Preparation work on the 16,000 square site, which also include the removal
of the South Brisbane Dental Hospital, has begun following the appointment
of a demolition contractor, with heavy demolition to start in September.
Works are starting to demolish the nine storey Landcentre building at
Woolloongabba for Cross River Rail. Photo: Google Street View
Acting Treasurer Steven Miles said demolition company DECC Pty Ltd, which
specialised in large-scale demolition projects, won the contract to clear
the site.
"The Landcentre will be Brisbane's second largest demolition project in
recent years, following the removal of the old 16 storey Executive Building
at 100 George Street as part of the Queen's Wharf development," he said.
After the $4.52 million job, the Landcentre, dental hospital and GoPrint
sites will become the first full station site "prepped and ready" for Cross
River Rail.
"This site will be the engine room of the project, hosting the massive
tunnel boring machines which will dig the Cross River Rail's twin 5.9
kilometre tunnels under Brisbane's river and CBD," Mr Miles said.
The Cross River Rail station at Woolloongabba will be built 27 metres
underground, with 220 metre-long platforms.
The new station at Woolloongabba was expected to allow high-density
commercial and residential development, connect rail with The Gabba stadium
and the area could contain a mix of retail, cafes and restaurants.
Demolition at the Landcentre location is due to be finished in early 2019,
with major construction to begin later next year.
DECC Pty Ltd has previously removed the old Law Court Buildings in
Brisbane's CBD and cleared the Herston Quarter, Petrie Paper Mill and the
Grand Centre Toowoomba Shopping Centre.
Cross River Rail is due to be operational by 2024.
<www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/the-largest-demolition-project
-in-brisbane-since-the-executive-building-20180710-p4zqk7.html>

Avalon Airport will become the state’s second international gateway in
December. [full text at tdu].
AirAsia to call Avalon Airport home in state-of-the-art terminal from
December 5
Herald Sun July 10, 2018.
.... “We will have affordable parking right out the front of the new
terminal and the option for Skybus to deliver passengers from Melbourne,
Werribee and Geelong right to our front door.”
A rail link connecting Avalon Airport to Melbourne is also being
considered...
<www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/air-asia-to-call-avalon-airport-home-in-
stateoftheart-terminal-from-december-5/news-story/6f286687b9a7152bd7b688bdaa
4f9c41>

Regent train station carparking upgrades leave overflow site alone,
frustrating residents
Preston Leader July 10, 2018.
video: 'Rail Hoons' tag Melbourne trains.
UPGRADES to carparking at Regent railway station ignored a gravel section
which has now become an “eyesore” full of stray fencing, chunks of
concrete and pools of water, residents say.
VicTrack completed the work in December last year, upgrading 121 parking
spaces as part of the government’s $20 million commitment to add more
carparking to stations across Melbourne.
The land was used by workers from Melbourne Water while the station was
being upgraded and, in order to deliver the parking spaces quickly, the
gravel section was not included in the scope of works.
But Melbourne Water spokesman David Walsh said its contractors vacated the
site in September and left the area in an improved state.
The carpark has become an eyesore. Picture: George Salpigtidis
Station neighbour Julian Polachek said the site’s appearance was
“frustrating” and residents had expected the area would be upgraded when
the renovations took place.
Chunks of concrete dumped in the middle of the overflow carpark. Picture:
George Salpigtidis
“They did drop some gravel down and grade the area, it wouldn’t have taken
much to seal it,” he said.
“They’ve left it with pools of water, rubbish, it’s an area for people to
go do burnouts in.”
Mr Polachek said the initial resurfacing had improved the site for a while,
but it had already started to degrade back to the bogged up area it was in
2016.
“I want to see someone take responsibility for it first of all,” he said.
“It’d be nice to get someone to say ‘we’ll fix it up, it’s on our
radar’.”
A fenced off area at the muddy carpark. Picture: George Salpigtidis
A letter obtained by Leader shows Ace Infrastructure was hired to conduct a
site clean-up in April 2018.
The letter states the company was engaged as part of ongoing work at the
station and duties included “the removal of the current stockpile on
Robinson Rd”.
The company did did not respond for comment.
Transport for Victoria spokeswoman Tanya O’Shea said VicTrack would
consider options to expand carparking as part of future planning.
FIRST TRAIN ROLLS INTO MERNDA.
BEST AND WORST STATIONS.
SOUTH MORANG’S PARKING PANDEMONIUM.
<www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/regent-train-station-carparking-upgrades-
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Noble Park 22-year-old followed for a kilometre before his cash and phone
were stolen in Springvale
Greater Dandenong Leader July 10, 2018.
A YOUNG Noble Park man was followed by two thieving thugs through the
streets of Springvale last night, before being punched and robbed.
The 22-year-old was walking from Springvale station about 10.45pm when he
noticed two men stalking him.
They were hot on his heels until they hit Villa Rd, about 1km from the
station, where they pushed him to the ground and threatened him.
He was punched twice in the face before they took off with his mobile phone
and some cash, detective Acting Sergeant Kim Alp said.
Sgt Alp said travellers leaving train stations at night should stick to
well-lit areas and try to travel in groups.
She said officers were investigating whether the thieves followed the victim
out of the station.
The two thieves were described as of African appearance, about 180cm tall,
wearing hoodies, one black and one white, pulled over their faces and long
black pants.
In a separate incident yesterday, a Dandenong woman, 25, was robbed by a
woman at 1pm on Newton Ln, Dandenong, facing a packed Princes Hwy.
The robber, described as a blonde caucasian wearing a red jacket, knocked
the woman over and latched on to her phone and handbag.
The pair struggled over the bag before the thief seized it and ran towards
the highway.
The woman chased after her but wasn’t able to catch up, and lost a small
amount of cash.
Police urge anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333
000 or Greater Dandenong CIU on 03 9767 7487
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kilometre-before-his-cash-and-phone-were-stolen-in-springvale/news-story/781
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