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Good news for Yarra’s Edge

02 Jul 2009

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Yarra’s Edge residents will have their pedestrian access along the south side of the river restored later this year when construction of South Wharf formally concludes.

Residents were concerned that, after years of the path being blocked due to construction, the replacement of the main Melbourne sewer project would isolate them for a further three years.

But at a packed meeting in Docklands on June 29, tunnelling contractors John Holland and Melbourne Water announced they would be closing the Capital City Trail for approximately one month late next year.

Resident spokesperson Cobien Watts said she was thrilled and delighted with the outcome.

“I am so grateful to John Holland for listening, acting and giving us what we asked for,” she said.

Melbourne Water project manager Peter Clark told the 120-strong meeting at The Hub that access under the Charles Grimes Bridge would not be restricted. 

He said Melbourne Water would move sheds for its workers to another location and that hoardings would be installed to guide and protect pedestrians through the works area.

John Holland project manager Nick Lewis said full access would be available except for about one month later next year when particular works meant blocking the route would become unavoidable.

During the meeting resident Jan Morrison publicly thanked John Holland and Melbourne Water for listening to residents’ concerns.

She also praised Cobien Watts for her hard work and dedication to the cause, saying Cobien had “gone out on a limb”.

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Comments

  • Donna Nutter at 12:32pm on 06/07/09

    Fantastic News!
    This is a major win for residents on foot or riding bikes to various
    It is such a hassle to get to Port Melbourne etc with the freeway development plus others, so this is a major plus for all who live here.
    Can't wait for it to open!
    Donna

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