Rail Separation Update

When I posted a blog a week ago after Kate Ellis’s street meeting I expected to report some facts resulting from a briefing promised to Council by DPTI.

My previous post was my intial reaction to the briefing. As you would deduce I was not impressed at what I saw as the potential for the residents of Goodwood South paying for the wishes of people wanting to save the Brownhill Creek from the Dam because we wan’t get a say what happens in our back yard via teh rail separation project that is impacting on the Brownhill Creek project.
This blog is an attempt to pass on what I did understand about what the Government is proposing for the rail separation.

The focus will be on the Noarlunga line as it is seen as the line impacting most on Victoria Street and Leader Street at Goodwood. The Belair train and the Freight train will not impact as much they are claiming in as much as when the Noarlunga Line is electrified and goes to Seaford (now the Seaford line) there will be many more train trips as part of the service.

This being the case the Seaford Line will be undergrounded prior to the Goodwood Station and the Beliar and Freight lines will remain at ground level. The undergrounding will commence somewhere between East Avenue and SASMEE Park and return from memory after Victoria Avenue. Notwithstanding this an elevated crossing from Fairfax Avenue (south of Goodwood Oval) to SASMEE Park and Millswood Crescent will be required but they dont know what form this will take.

The recenlty upgraded East Avenue crossing will need further upgrading.

They are promising enhanced landscaping within the project but then recognise that the diagrams provided suggest a corridor width far greater than what actually exists so I am less than convinced about “enhanced” landscaping. I fear the opposite to be true.

Public Information (not consultation) will commnece next week with door knocking followed by as yet to be announced public forums.

Tenders for (I think) design and construction will open on 21st June (that’s last week???) and close on 31 July. Construction is due between Januray and June next year.

The section of the project at Leader Street is yet to be funded so this is not due in the coming year’s budget.

Watch this space and/or watch the public notices if you want information or want a say.

Dam It and Railroaded!

While we have signed up on the 80% of the Brownhill Creek that can be done without the dam and await the “real” feasibility into the non-dam options we find the Federal & State Governments come along with what might create a dam in the middle of the Goodwood South Ward of the City of Unley.

You might well ask, what are you trying to tell us.
In a briefing from DPTI on Monday night before our Council meeting we were informed about the joint Government initiative to provide grade separation of the Noarlunga, now Seaford rail line, from the Belair line and the Freight line.
What was revealed has left this elected member in a quandary and concerned about us being railroaded into a scheme that it appears will impact totally unfairly on the community around Goodwood and Millswood.
If I understand correctly the rail grade separation will impact on the culverts that are required as part of the Brownhill Creek stormwater project. It will impact in as much as the culvert will now be diverted to allow for the Seaford line to go underground near the SASMEE Park and that these lines are to go now straight through the Millswood Sporting Complex.
The rail corridor in this area is very narrow and the combination of these two projects may impact significantly (excuse the pun) on the significant trees in the area.
And while the 5 Councils involved in the Brownhill Creek have already had extensive consultation with the public, and listened I might add to the public feedback we have the State Government telling us via their project team that they will be informing local residents in the weeks to come on the details of the project.
You heard me, informing us, not consulting with us. In other words it’s a done deal.  This will be by way of door knocking which is due to start next week, forums which are yet to be announced and by access to a web site and a 1300 number.
And in my opinion they do not yet know the detail so they are not going to be able to inform with any depth of substance.
If I came even close to understanding what they are proposing I see Goodwood South paying dearly for the No Dam option on the Brownhill Creek project because the rail project is going to impact significantly on the design parameters of the proposed culvert system in this area.
We have been promised a copy of the PowerPoint presentation used but are yet to receive this.
Anyone in the affected community and with any interest in their community needs to take time to find out what the government is proposing and if they are not happy to voice this as loud as they can.
I suggest you also watch this space because if I learn anything more and can understand it I will post it here.
PS  The presenter did confirm what I reported recenlty that both Kate Ellis and Steph Keys said at a recent street meeting were not aware of the detail. Interesting!

Rail Separation at Goodwood

DPTI is to finally brief Council tomorrow night on the rail separation at Leader Street Goodwood.

Efforts to have both our Federal member of Parliament Kate Ellis and our local member Stephanie Key update us at last weeks street meeting at Dora Guild Playground failed miserably. Neither of them knew, they claimed, any detail. This frustrated members of their electorate.

And here we are a bit over a week later and the elected members of Unley will get a briefing.

Watch this space as I attempt to report what we find out tomorrow night in the next few days.

SASMEE-Unley’s best kept secret

The secret is out. The South Australian Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (SASMEE) is being hindered by its own success.
Formed in 1927 and at its current site since 1947 SASMEE is finding it is gaining favour with young families using the facility as an inexpensive kid’s birthday venue. The venue, situated between the railway line on Cromer Parade and Millswood Crescent at Millswood, is growing in popularity because of the birthday cult.
And this is achieved purely by word of mouth. A volunteer organisation for those with a genuine interest in model engineering they are attracting regularly around 400 people to their “run” days, held once a fortnight. They have been known in recent times to attract up to 700 people, including adults.
The park is one of the only venues in Adelaide where a family of 2 adults and 3 children can have an afternoon’s fun for less than $ 20.00.
          waiting for a train                                                                                                      enjoying the day
In the current financial circumstances many parents express their gratitude for their pricing structure. These charges are for entry only, rides are free.
My co–councillor Jennie Boisvert and I were guests at the park today to see what they have achieved. We enjoyed a good day and we were impressed.
Your local ward councillors at work on a Sunday.
I must say I am impressed at how a group of volunteers can put together a facility with little or no help from others. There are many community groups and sporting bodies that can take a leaf out of their book. Well done guys.
And now for the challenge ahead. How do they grow from here with limited space.