Box Hill – what’s coming!

Whatever is coming in Box Hill…it’s certain to be coming UP!

Vicinity proposes $2b Box Hill redevelopment – including suburb’s tallest tower

Vicinity’s proposal will include 3350 square metres of public space, a 48-level apartment building and 25-storey office

Vicinity Centres has unveiled plans and lodged the first permit applications for a $2 billion mixed-use redevelopment of its prominent Box Hill Central sites, in Melbourne’s east.

Affecting 5.5 hectares, the project will be identified by a 48-level tower, the suburb’s tallest, set to contain 366 flats, 7000 square metres of office area and ground floor retail which will open onto a revitalised Main Street.

Another building, a 25 storey, 42,000 sqm office, is mooted for part of the parcel beside Box Hill train station.

A 3350 sqm public space with a town square and Spanish Steps seating inspired amphitheatre is anticipated, too.

All up, some 250,000 sqm of structures, including a hotel and construction around the area’s transport network, is expected.

Vicinity also intends to make some infrastructure changes, specifically extending Main and Prospect streets to link with Clisby Court and Whitehorse Road – the latter, the suburb’s main commercial thoroughfare.”

Reproduced from – Article by Marc Pallisco

WATAG’s views have been made very clear to Whitehorse Council that whatever developments occur at Box Hill, the needs of the entire community for public space for movement, activity and recreation must be catered for first – not the need for cars!

Active Transport with people walking and cycling, and infrastructure which enables this to be done safely and in an environment which promotes it, is the only way to go for the future.

Major changes in town planning and public transport connectivity are hopefully coming to Box Hill in the near future. The development of a new Planning Scheme for Box Hill, the finalising of Council’s Box Hill Integrated Transport Strategy, and the forging ahead of the State Government’s Suburban Rail Loop with a major interchange planned at Box Hill, are all vital parts of an overall Active Transport future for Box Hill.

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€2.4-billion for cycling!!!

Germany’s first major national climate law has allocated a staggering €2.4-billion for cycling over the next decade.

ADFC Director Burkhard Stork says it will take “Dutch vision and American ambition” to transform streets in cities big and small.

Click image to hear interview

“In the majority of countries the idea that cyclists should cycle between cars and do not need real own infrastructure, is still dominant.”

Burkhard Stork, director of the German Cycling Association (AFDC) speaks with Geert Kloppenburg and Chris Bruntlett (Dutch Cycling Embassy) about the influence of vehicular cycling on the German bike infrastructure and how building a Dutch cycling network with American speed will shape the future of German cycling.

the Australian Government contribution to cycling to help manage climate change is???

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Learning from Covid-19

Can COVID-19 teach us something for the road safety epidemic?

View over the main thoroughfare in Bissau, Guinea Bissau. Photo: Arne Hoel/World Bank

As the world struggles through the tragic COVID-19 pandemic, it may be also worth considering another health crisis, which has been silently going on for decades. COVID-19 and road crashes wreak suffering, loss, death, grief, and economic hardship. COVID-19 has already killed 119,000 with more to come especially as the pandemic hits low- and middle-income countries with low capacity to manage the crisis. Road crashes kill 1.35 million people and injure up to another 50 million people each year.

Various comparisons between COVID-19 and road crash deaths are being made, some suggesting that the scale of the road safety problem puts the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis in perspective. Rather than comparing the extent of suffering and death wrought by these two horrific causes, there may be broader lessons we can learn to save many lives and much future suffering. Six such lessons for consideration after COVID-19 is gone, for the future of transport, work, and cities are suggested here.

  1. Reducing exposure to road transport
  2. Re-envisioning our working lives, transport and infrastructure
  3. Maintaining our values
  4. Embracing system accountability instead of touting individual responsibility
  5. Addressing the political dimension
  6. Developing stronger deterrence of lockdown breaches

The current dramatic experience with COVID-19 provides guidance on re-design of our work and cities as well as generating revamped government accountability for health externalities caused by traffic, particularly road crashes and fatalities. Along with all the suffering, loss, and upheaval of COVID-19, we have the opportunity to evolve.

Click here to read this entire excellent article.

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Active Transport is usually better

This is a great message from UK Health workers who LOVE bikes!

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Whitehorse Budget Inequity – AGAIN!

Last year WATAG highlighted the great inequity of capital expenditure in Whitehorse.

Unfortunately, the draft budget for 2020-2021 continues this gross inequity.

The graph below shows that 18% of the population will receive a massive 79% of the budget related to recreation.

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Why does a footballer, golfer, swimmer or other sport participant requiring specialized infrastructure have such an advantage over the rest of the community who like to walk, ride or simply enjoy our parks for leisure?

WATAG is NOT against sport participation, but this situation is simply not equitable, and it’s a persistent inequity evident for years now.

Check the WATAG submission to the Council here.

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