From: Roderick Smith [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, 9 June 2018 4:27 PM
Subject: Sat.2.6.18 daily digest
180602Sa Melbourne 'Herald Sun':
- South Yarra developer rape.
- energy, gas vs electricity & power stations. with flickr
- Metro, warm-clothing warning [the arrogant organisation ignores the need:
its bleak stations and long waits for infrequent and unreliable trains].
180602Sa Metro Twitter:
- Japan railway museum.
- Dynon (Google Earth via Cam Reed).
- Ringwood Book Ninja.
- football fans.
<www.flickr.com/photos/13175590@N00> (for 7 days, search on tag
Sat.2.6.18 Metro Twitter.
Be on the lookout for the 'Book ninja' by Alian D Michelle. NOW AVAILABLE
in all bookstores around Australia and via books on the rail.
Frankston line: Buses replace trains Flinders St - Moorabbin until 16.00
today (level-crossing works at Caulfield).
Cranbourne/Pakenham lines: Buses replace trains Flinders St - Westall until
16.00 today (level crossing works). After then, buses will replace trains
Caulfield - Westall, connecting with resumed Frankston services).
8.16 Sunbury line: Minor delays (vandalism in the Sunshine area).
11.27 Sandringham line: Minor delays (police attending to a trespasser).
12.30 Frankston line: Buses will replace trains Moorabbin - Mordialloc (a
faulty train at Moorabbin). Buses have been ordered but may take an hour to
arrive, consider alternate transport options.
- 12.32 Why don't you just replace trains on the whole line? Moorabbin has 3
- Use whichever side of 1/2 the dead train isn't on..? Can anyone explain
why this isn't feasible? (I'm going between Moorabbin and Prahran, so I'm
- To allow a train to head back to Frankston they can use only platform 2 at
Moorabbin. It's the only one set up with the signalling and track layout.
- 13.10 Two buses have been dispatched, with additional ones enroute, but
they may take an hour to arrive.
- 13.43 Trains have resumed Moorabbin - Mordialloc, with delays.
- 19.27 Let's get this straight for today: buses replace trains
Frankston/Stony Point to Carrum, Mordialloc - Moorabbin and Moorabbin -
Flinders St. Wouldn't it have been easier to not run trains at all as they
will run only Carrum - Mordialloc?
- 21.21 Metro is run by Labor. They're impossible to underestimate.
Having young kids in opposing footy colours at suburban stations is
everything that's good about a Saturday in Melbourne. (Rob Harris)
13.28 Major delays after an earlier faulty train at Pakenham.
2 June 2016. Around 13.00 at Frankston, XR559 leads a southbound steel train
through track 3; Sprinter 7012 and an Xtrapolis sit in the yard. Exactly 6
months later, 7012 was badly damaged when it caught fire at Seymour. It is
still out of service.
- how many different kinds of trains can you get in one picture?
- You'd get a good shot at the turntable in Dynon.
15.24 Sunbury line: Minor delays (police attending to a trespasser).
5th March 2018 The Bill Gap: Aussies Born Before 1968 More Likely To Be
Overpaying For Electricity.
Melbourne's outer and growth suburbs crippled with congestion as inner-city
Herald Sun June 2, 2018.
MELBOURNE is becoming a two-speed city with commuters in the suburbs
battling increasing travel times while the inner-city commute declines.
New VicRoads data has revealed the frustrating trend, with car trips taking
longer on roads in Epping, Mill Park, Hillside, Taylors Hill, Tarneit,
Truganina, Point Cook, Berwick and Narre Warren during peak hours.
It is in stark contrast to inner city areas including Richmond, South Yarra,
Prahran and Hawthorn where car rides became quicker.
When you're on the outer - change in Melbourne's travel times.
Car trips are taking longer on roads in Epping, Mill Park, Hillside, Taylors
Hill, Tarneit, Truganina, Point Cook, Berwick and Narre Warren during peak
And the crippling congestion in Melbourne's burbs is set to continue with
the population of outer regions to overtake inner and middle neighbourhoods
The State Government announced last year, it would unlock land for 17 new
areas on the urban fringe for residential development.
Experts have warned some of the new suburbs will be up to 50km from the CBD
and with minimal plans for transport infrastructure new residents will be
forced to rely on motor vehicles.
RACV manager of mobility advocacy Dave Jones said the state government must
be on the front foot when planning for growth to address a potential
'carmageddon' in the future.
He called for a better integrated transport networks including new roads,
bike paths and more express bus lanes and interchanges to help ferry people
across the network rather than simply to the CBD.
"It is really important to avoid what we have seen in established areas and
for the government to be proactive in emerging areas, he said.
"A lot of the thinking of transport issues is led by the city but is not
considering the issues in the suburbs."
RACV Manager of Mobility, Dave Jones says improving bus coverage and
interchanges in Melbourne neighbourhoods will help congestion. Picture: Andy
Crippling congestion in Melbourne's burbs is set to continue with the
population of outer regions to overtake inner and middle neighbourhoods by
He said inner city residents had multiple transport choices contributing to
better commutes and congestion in the urban fringe was one of the biggest
challenges facing the network.
VicRoads Director Journey Services Sameem Moslih said the agency was working
to increase capacity across the city.
"We understand congestion is a fact of life in a busy city such as ours -
but by targeting the most important improvements to congestion hot spots -
we can deliver relief where it's needed most."
VicRoads have deployed 600 monitors across Melbourne to help monitor traffic
and incidents in real time.
It is also carrying out billions of dollars worth of major and minor
projects to increase traffic flow.
The data also revealed despite on going work traffic on major thoroughfares
This includes the West Gate Freeway, M80 Ring Road, EastLink and Monash
Freeway and Mornington Peninsula Freeway.
The average Melbourne commute is now 15km taking 35 minutes.
Chair of the South East Melbourne group of councils Simon McKeon called for
a review of all bus routes in Melbourne in light of the new data.
"We need an urgent review of public transport in the outer suburbs to ensure
that buses are going to where people need them to at the times they are
needed," Mr McKeon said.
"It takes workers who live in dormitory suburbs such as Narre Warren in the
City of Casey more than two hours to get to jobs that are less than a 40
minute drive away.
"As a result, people are forced into their cars, which only adds to
Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said the State Government is planning for
the future "giving local roads back to local residents".
He highlighted the $4.1 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade package which is
duplicating and upgrading dozens of roads in the west, southeast and north
of the city.
Josh has to drive to work to avoid a three hour public transport commute.
Picture Jay Town WORKER FACES LIFETIME OF CONGESTION CONGESTION is a daily
battle for Melbourne factory worker Josh Brennan.
The 21-year-old travels to work by car from Berwick to Dandenong every day,
regularly spending 45 minutes on the road each way.
He hates the congestion but says it is still quicker than using public
transport takes three hours a day and includes two buses and a train.
He is among millions of Melburnians living in the outer suburbs who must
rely on a personal vehicle and face a lifetime of crippling congestion on
the roads in their daily lives.
"If you didn't have a car it would be severely inconvenient,'' Mr Brennan
"It would hamper your social life and work.
"It is too difficult to access anything that is quick convenient and gets
you from A to B."
The problem is also getting worse with peak hour hour appearing to get
longer each year says Mr Brennan.
He says better bus coverage in the suburbs would help get more people out of
His call comes as new VicRoads data shows roads on Melbourne's fringe are
getting more clogged and things will only get worse as the city continues to
MORE: CALLS TO EXPAND CONGESTION LEVY TO INNER-EASTERN SUBURBS.
READER SURVEY: HOW TO FIX MELBOURNE'S DETERIORATING TRAFFIC CONGESTION.
An artist's impression of the planned plaza, as viewed from South Yarra
South Yarra's open rail eyesore to be covered with $25m office and retail
plaza Stonnington Leader June 2, 2018.
A SWEEPING new $25 million office and retail plaza opposite South Yarra
station is being touted as a 'once in a generation' development.
To be built over the rail corridor, the planned South Yarra Plaza will be a
core part of the Metro Tunnel Eastern Portal project.
The 1500 sqm plaza will be a mix of office and retail space with boutique
cafes and restaurants, and be part of a sweeping promenade linking Toorak Rd
and Chapel St.
Directly opposite South Yarra station,it will also include outdoor seating,
a playground, bicycle storage and grass square.
Vicland Property Group chief executive Bill McNee said the plaza will bring
"significant public open space" to South Yarra.
"We will continue to work with state government agencies to ensure the
project complements works being carried out at South Yarra as part of the
The rail corridor will be covered with a $25m plaza and promenade linking
Toorak Rd to Chapel St. Picture: Josie Hayden Mr McNee said Vicland has
already been approached by several local businesses "interested" in leasing
office space but none had been secured.
Tenders are expected to go out shortly, but the project timeline depends on
the Metro Tunnel progress.
Last month, Leader News revealed a new promenade between Toorak Rd and
Chapel St would incorporate the existing Lovers Walk and Siding Reserve.
The promenade will "enhance" existing open space areas while creating better
pedestrian, cyclist and commuter links, the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority
Eastern Portal Development Plan states.
Time lapse of Metro Tunnel archeological digs.
North Ward councillor Matthew Koce said the open space transformation was
"once in a generation opportunity to leave a lasting legacy".
"Metro Tunnel works will cause disruptions for many years so residents
deserve to receive a really positive outcome," he said.
He also predicted Siding Reserve will become "the most loved and treasured
parks in the city".
CALL FOR JAM FACTORY STATION.
JAM FACTORY REDEVELOPMENT TO BEGIN WITHIN A YEAR.
GOOGLE, NETFLIX TIPPED TO CALL SOUTH YARRA HOME.
* Jacinta Allan bemoaned that if South Yarra were attached to Metro, then
the Jam Factory may be affected. Well they're about to demolish 95% of it so
ATTACH SOUTH YARRA TO METRO! Building a pointless plaza is hardly a priority
* A deliberate attempt to use the land which should be for the 'other' Sth
Yarra station which hopefully a new state government soon will build and
link back to the existing station
* In years to come, developers and agents will be complaining that no-one
likes or wants the district because it's overrun with massive, ugly
buildings. People will ask "where did all the charm go?"
* The property developer marketing language in this story makes me want to
vomit. You could certainly play buzzword bingo.
Call it for what it is - developers have found some potentially cheap
government space they can fill with some cheap ugly buildings and turn a fat
Where will the "grass square" be? A planter box in the corner for smokers to
Why is this classed as part of the Metro Project when there is no Sth Yarra
station included in the project? Bit like the refurbishment of Frankston
station being put in with the level crossing removal. Why wasn't it done in
conjunction with the recent station precinct refurbishment, and what became
of the multi story carpark that was originally muted? It appears that the
lack of car parking is part of the argument for electrifying the line to
Baxter that will require the removal of at least another five level
Billion-dollar arts centre bonanza to become our next world-class
Herald Sun Sat.2.6.18.
VICTORIA is getting a new arts precinct worth up to $1 billion to draw
millions of visitors to the state and create 10,000 jobs.
The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal the massive project will be kickstarted
with $208 million from the Andrews Government, to plan and design a
world-leading contemporary gallery built on the site of the Carlton & United
Breweries building - behind the Arts Centre and National Gallery of
The total redevelopment area in Southbank will include open space almost as
large as the MCG, paving the way for new bars, cafes and live music spaces.
The centrepiece will be NGV Contemporary, the largest gallery of its type in
Australia and comparable to famous landmarks such as MoMA in New York City
and the Guggenheim in Spain.
An architect's impression of the proposed arts precinct, which will include
a contemporary modern arts area called NGV Contemporary.
An architect's impression of the proposed arts precinct.
Central to the plan will be a worldwide search to design a landmark modern
building of "architectural significance" unlike any in the state, with the
aim of it becoming a global tourist attraction.
Premier Daniel Andrews will unveil the plan on Sunday and told the Sunday
Herald Sun it was a "once-in-a-generation" opportunity.
"The redevelopment of Southbank and the arts precinct will create thousands
of jobs and attract millions of visitors from across Victoria, Australia and
the world," he said. "It's a game-changer for our city that will cement
Melbourne as the cultural capital of Australia."
The new hub will be home to the Australian Performing Arts Gallery, an
expanded Australian Music Vault and education and research facilities.
Theatres and public spaces at the Arts Centre will also be upgraded.
There will be a two-year design phase and major construction is likely to
begin early next decade.
An architect's impression of the proposed arts precinct.
Alfie, 3, and Josh, 4, marvel at Soundsuit (2015) from Nick Cave's Soundsuit
series at the NGV. Picture: Ian Currie Director of the NGV, Tony Ellwood,
said the changes would bring huge numbers of people to the city and mean the
arts and sports sectors would be "both the best in the region". "It's not
just about the new gallery, it's what it does to consolidate all the
infrastructure," he said. "The ripple effect around the neighbourhood means
you will get new bars, rooftop restaurants - it will just go nuts."
Creative industries support 242,000 jobs in Victoria and contribute $22
billion to the economy, as visitors pour into the world's most liveable
city. An extra three million visitors will come to the precinct each year
after the redevelopment, which will create 10,000 jobs during construction
and 260 ongoing jobs once completed within a decade.
Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley said the plan would include
something for everyone.
"The revitalised arts precinct will better connect our existing facilities,
create new jobs, opportunities and spaces for our creative community, and
offer free, accessible cultural experiences for all Victorians," Mr Foley
The NGV's deputy director, Andrew Clark, said the new gallery would mean
"tripling the space that we have available for contemporary collections.
It's a really massive increase".
"When you go to cities like London, there might be four major exhibitions in
four different institutions so we can move much more to that model - the
tourism opportunities are huge," he said.
The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain. Picture: Alamy The Guggenheim museum
in Manhattan, New York.
The $208 million investment from the state government will pay for land
acquired for the project from CUB, as well as planning and design work.
Project proponents expect the federal government to also contribute, while
philanthropists will be encouraged to give generously.
"When you are talking arts philanthropy, this is the city to do it. We are
confident people will get behind it," Mr Ellwood said.
A key focus will be a continued emphasis on exhibitions that attract
Victorians of all ages.
A GLOBAL ICON OF OUR CITY
PLANS for a world-class contemporary gallery are expected to spark a global
search for a new Melbourne "icon".
National Gallery of Victoria director Tony Ellwood said the centrepiece of
the mega-arts precinct announced today would give the chance to come up with
a world-class building.
"It needs to be one of the symbols of the city, it needs to be
internationally respected, it needs to be projecting the future of
architecture," he said.
"What we need to do is go with an international search and see what the best
designers in the world come back with."
In the 1950s, Sydney opened the design of its new opera house to the world,
leading to the construction of Australia's most famous building.
Mr Ellwood, who has overseen growth in annual visitor numbers at the gallery
from 1.4 million six years ago to more than 3.1 million last year, said NGV
Contemporary would be purpose built.
National Gallery of Victoria director Tony Ellwood with deputy director
"We need a building that does reflect what you see when you walk into the
MoMA or the Whitney, those kinds of spaces," he said. "We have been very
clear about scale, height, weight, those sorts of things."
One of the goals for the new space will be to include family-friendly and
interactive exhibitions for children, with fashion, architecture, sculpture
and film likely to feature.
Mr Ellwood pointed to the Yayoi Kusama exhibition that was part of the
recent Triennial, where people placed flowers in a white room until it was
filled with colour, as an example of contemporary art that involves all
"You had your Caroline Springs family next to your Toorak matron all
laughing their heads off taking photos of each other. That's what
contemporary art can do today," he said.
Plans for open space will also draw on successful international regeneration
Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings said the project would "better
connect our iconic arts precinct and open it up with new public spaces for
locals and visitors to enjoy".
NGV TRIENNIAL REACHES RECORD 1 MILLION VIEWERS.
NGV SECURES FAMOUS SALVADOR DALI PAINTING.
FUTURE MELBOURNE: LET'S MAKE GREAT CITY EVEN BETTER.