Community consultation has concluded on Shape your Kensington. Project updates are provided below.

Updates

Thanks to everyone who has provided their feedback on the Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve project.

Works to expand Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve are now complete. The new park space includes an expanded lawn area, garden beds, park furniture and paths. Additional and more diverse tree species have been planted to improve biodiversity, provide shade and local area cooling in summer.

The construction works to create the park were expected to be completed by August however the park expansion works were completed ahead of schedule in mid-June 2016. Separate drainage works for Rankins Road and nature strip reinstatement are proposed to be completed by mid-August 2016.

The creation of the new park has meant that traffic and road conditions have changed in the area. The southern end of Rankins Road has become a two-way street and the southern portion of Eastwood Street is permanently closed. A right-turn ban at Macaulay Road and parking changes have been introduced as identified in the landscape plan.

A summary of the traffic data available to date is available below.

We appreciate your ongoing interest in the park expansion project for Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve.

If you would like further information on Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve park expansion project works, please do not hesitate to contact the City of Melbourne on 9658 9658 or email urbanlandscapes@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

July 12, 2016


The City of Melbourne is increasing open space provision in Kensington by creating an accessible new park in front of the Kensington Railway Station at the intersection of Eastwood Street and Rankins Road.

The park project works to expand Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve have now commenced. The new park space will include an expanded lawn area, garden beds, park furniture and paths. Additional and more diverse tree species are proposed to improve biodiversity, provide shade in summer and local area cooling.

The park creation works are the result of extended community consultation and a public notice process in 2014 to discontinue portions of Eastwood Street and Rankins Road in order to create more open space in Kensington. Council resolved to discontinue the portions of road involved in expanding the park at its meeting on 25 November 2014.

Changes to traffic conditions as a result of the park creation

The creation of the new park will mean that traffic and road conditions will change around the reserve. The southern end of Rankins Road will become a two-way street and the southern portion of Eastwood Street will be permanently closed. A right-turn ban will be introduced at Macaulay Road at this time and parking changes will also be undertaken as identified in the landscape plan.

Construction works are expected to be completed by August 2016.

We appreciate your ongoing interest in the park expansion project for Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve.

If you would like further information on Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve park expansion project works, please do not hesitate to contact the City of Melbourne on 9658 9658 or email urbanlandscapes@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

March 4, 2016


A zebra pedestrian crossing and road hump were installed on Bellair Street on the north side of Macaulay Road in mid-2015. The crossing aims to improve safety and access for people walking to Kensington Station. Initial observations indicate the crossing is being successfully utilised by people walking to the rail underpass. Follow-up traffic surveys to determine the effectiveness of the crossings will be conducted as the walking and traffic patterns settle.

For further information please contact Engineering Services on 9658 8711.

December 17, 2015


The Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve park expansion proposal has been subject to a public notice process on the proposed discontinuance of portions of Eastwood Street and Rankins Road, Kensington in order to create the public open space. In addition consultation was undertaken, at the same time on the proposed full-time right turn ban from Macaulay Road into Rankins Road. Submissions for both proposals closed on Thursday 2 October 2014.

After taking into consideration all the submissions made for both submissions processes and other relevant material, Council resolved at its meeting on 25 November 2014 to:

  1. Approve the discontinuance of portions of road on Crown land in Eastwood Street and Rankins Road, Kensington, in accordance with the recommendation of the Submissions (Section 223) Committee who, having considered all written submissions in relation to the proposal and heard all persons wishing to be heard in support of their submissions, recommended that Council discontinues portions of Eastwood Street and Rankins Road, Kensington, as shown hatched on the public notice dated 4 September 2014, for the reason that:
    1. the City of Melbourne Open Space Strategy has identified the need to improve the provision of open space in Kensington and the discontinuance will enable the creation of new public open space to assist in meeting that need
    2. there will be no net loss in car parking as a result of the discontinuance
    3. the open space will enable a net increase in tree canopy cover
    4. the majority of submissions in opposition to the road discontinuance proposal are in respect to the separate proposal to have a full time right turn ban for vehicles turning from Macaulay Road into Rankins Road (right turn ban).
  2. Request that every person who has lodged a separate submission be notified of the decision and reasons for the decision in writing.
  3. Note the full time right turn ban turning from Macaulay Road into Rankins Road endorsed by the Future Melbourne Committee on 10 June 2014, and directs that the traffic impacts of this ban be reviewed 12 months post implementation.

The approval of the road discontinuance by Council has meant that we can commence the technical detailed design of the concept plan. This will be followed by the tendering of the works and construction of the park. Construction works are expected to commence about mid-2015, pending no delays. Rankins Road will then become a two-way carriageway from Eastwood Street to Macaulay Road.

The approved full-time right turn ban into Rankins Road from Macaulay Road will be introduced during the construction phase, as this is when Eastwood Street will no longer be directly available from Macaulay Road.

We would like to thank you for your time and effort in informing the road discontinuance and/or the right turn ban submissions processes. We appreciate your ongoing interest in the park expansion project for Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve.

If you would like further information on Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve park expansion, please do not hesitate to contact the Urban Landscapes Branch on 9658 9658 or email urbanlandscapes@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

December 18, 2014


There has been a delay in the installation of the new playground as we are currently waiting on final approvals.

While an exact date is not yet known we are hopeful that the renewal will be completed by the end of the year.

August 12, 2014


A zebra pedestrian crossing and an additional road hump are to be installed on Bellair Street on the north side of Macaulay Road.

The project is expected to improve safety and access for people walking to Kensington Station and can be viewed on the final plan. These works are expected to commence in early June and be completed by the end of June. Local residents have been notified.

May 29, 2014


The City of Melbourne wishes to thank everyone who made a submission and provided feedback regarding the Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve park expansion concept plan.

We have reviewed all the community consultation feedback received. The majority of submissions are in support of the proposal however there are some concerns by local residents about traffic, parking and amenity impacts in Rankins Road. We have also held further discussions with Metro Trains, undertaken some sub-surface investigations and additional traffic counts in the area.

The concept plan for Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve park expansion was revised in consideration of the community feedback received and the information obtained from further investigations into issues raised during the consultation.

On 10 June 2014, the community consultation outcomes and the revised plan was presented to the Future Melbourne Committee (FMC). After considering submissions about the open space proposal, the FMC resolved to proceed to a road discontinuance process in order to create public open space. View the Council officers report with the revised concept plan and the Future Melbourne Committee meeting minutes.

The proposal to create Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve park expansion proposal will now be subject to a public notice process on the proposed discontinuance of portions of Eastwood Street and Rankins Road, Kensington in order to create public open space. This will occur in the later part of 2014.

If you would like further information on Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve park expansion, please do not hesitate to contact the Urban Landscapes Branch on 9658 9658 or email urbanlandscapes@melbourne.vic.gov.au(External link).

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April 17, 2014


The revised concept plan (PDF, 780kb) for Albermarle and Hardiman streets upgrade is now available.

The City of Melbourne wishes to thank everyone who made a submission regarding the Albermarle and Hardiman Street proposal. The majority of submissions are in support of the proposal.

A number of submitters expressed concerns regarding the loss of parking spaces, particularly in Hardiman Street west of the closure. These concerns are acknowledged and the concept plan has been modified to retain the five parking spaces in Hardiman Street immediately west of the closure area. The revised concept plan shows the proposed amendments as described above. It is proposed to proceed on the basis of this revised design, and it is anticipated that works will take place around the middle of 2014.

If you have further concerns regarding this matter further please do not hesitate to contact the Urban Landscapes Branch on 9658 9658 or email urbanlandscapes@melbourne.vic.gov.au

March 24, 2014