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Stadium blocks access

05 Nov 2017

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The Watergate building’s residents are angry that Etihad Stadium blocks local roads, denying them access during events – a situation the stadium blames on a contractor.

Sections of Wurundjeri Way, Bourke St, Batman’s Hill Drive and Collins St are closed during events to control traffic numbers.

Watergate’s building manager Marshall Delves said residents often faced “roads closed” signs by their building and were prevented from leaving or returning to their homes by car on event weekends.

Mr Delves said the road closure happened frequently during the football season, but it also happened as recently as October 14.

He said he thought he had “sorted it out” with Etihad Stadium when he was told residents should be granted access, but the road closure still proceeded.

Mr Delves said he contacted the AFL, owner of Etihad Stadium, in October but got brushed off.

“Etihad Stadium showed no consideration for nearby residents. It brought a huge inconvenience to us,” Mr Delves said.

“There are about 1000 people living in Watergate and blocking the roads has been very inconvenient for them.”

Michael Green, Etihad Stadium’s chief executive officer, said residents being denied access was an error by a contracted traffic management attendant and promised it would not happen again.

“This was not an instruction and the stadium apologises for any inconvenience to local residents,” Mr Green said.

“The issue has been addressed with the traffic management company, as well as the specific personnel involved and we expect that there shouldn’t be a recurrence of this matter,” he said.

Mr Green also said Etihad Stadium engaged with Victoria Police, the City of Melbourne and VicRoads to develop the traffic management plan that “ensured the most efficient and safest traffic in and out of the Docklands precinct”.

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