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Click here to view the November 2021 Active Transport News.

Box Hill and the SRL

SRL planning at Box Hill has become much more detailed, and the short and long term impacts can be assessed.
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Click here to view the November 2021 Active Transport News.

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Suburban Rail Loop (SRL)

The proposed Suburban Rail Loop for Melbourne has moves a step forward with the release of the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) which is available digitally at Suburban Rail Loop East website.

An Environmental Effects Statement Summary Report can be downloaded or scrolled through below.
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EngageVictoria are inviting submissions

The Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) invite submissions on the EES and draft Planning Scheme Amendment for the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) East Project.

The EES and draft Planning Scheme Amendment is open for public exhibition from Friday, 5 November to 11.59pm on Thursday, 16 December 2021. Planning Panels Victoria is collecting submissions during this time.

To make a submission you must lodge it using the submission form at Engage Victoria.

WATAG was selected to be part of the Suburban Rail Loop Authority’s Precinct Reference Panel for Box Hill. We will be strongly putting the case for closely integrating the many related projects affecting Box Hill to ensure the best and most connected active transport outcomes.

  • SRL proposals
  • Vicinity Development
  • Whitehorse Council Structure Plan for Box Hill
  • Whitehorse Council Integrated Transport Strategy
  • North East Link effects on Box Hill

WATAG is also vitally interested in the SRL proposal for the new Burwood Station and ensuring the highest levels of convenience and connectivity are achieved for active transport users.

Whitehorse City Council is vitally interested in this project too.

Council has a survey which is open now until 21 Nov 2021. Click here for details. WATAG strongly encourages you to participate in the survey and add your voice to the concerns they have.

WATAG was chosen to be represented on the Whitehorse Council Community Panel which is holding workshops during November to gather more detailed community views about both Box Hill and Burwood..

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WATAG congratulates Mayor Councillor Tina Liu and Deputy Mayor Cr Denise Massoud on their election to these immensely important positions in Whitehorse City Council. We look forward to building on the excellent relations we have built with you both to help make Whitehorse an even better city in which to live.

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Box Hill’s Future – Have your say

Check what’s happening –

Vicinity has a Planning Application before Whitehorse Council to commence a major part of this development. WATAG has lodged a formal Objection with Whitehorse Council to try and ensure that vital Active Transport considerations are included in any plans that get approved.

Read the WATAG submission here.

We invite all concerned with trying to get better Active Transport outcomes from all developments in our local area – particularly future-shaping developments such as this one – to read the WATAG Objection and make your own submission to Council .

If you are VERY keen, you can read the Vicinity application via the Whitehorse Council planning site, and make your own judgement rather than following WATAG’s ideas. It will take one or two clicks to get you to a list of applications.

Then search for Planning Applications Nos – WH/2021/466, 476, 597 – Vicinity developments for Main Street Box Hill.

The more objections, the better informed Council will be about the community view.

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Family-safe streets

I feel great empathy for parents who have become dependent on local playgrounds in Australia so that their children can have fun whilst exercising and socialising.

These things should be an essential part of a child’s life.

Many people drive to the playgrounds – especially the more-inviting adventure type  – because they are not conveniently local, or even if local, they feel it’s unsafe to walk or ride a bike there.

Once, a long while ago when I was a child, our quiet local suburban street was a safe and extremely convenient place to imaginatively and actively play. 

We need to refocus our attention and reclaim and remake our quiet local streets into family-safe places again. It can, and should, be a priority of state and local governments.

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