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Monthly Report - February 2020


In response to November’s “Laneway Open” engagement and online survey the City is implementing priority actions, particularly those relating to eating, drinking and relaxing in the laneway. Operating at the weekends during a 28 day trial period, Lyric Lane (between Ellard Lane and the car park abutting Rossonero) will be closed between approximately 5pm and 12pm. Tables and chairs will be brought out to the laneway for diners, and pedestrian access through the laneway will be maintained. Priorities for greening and lighting are being addressed in time for the trial, as well as necessary traffic management.


In Early October last year I raised concerns with the City about the reduction in the timing of the lights at Eighth Avenue in order for vehicles to cross Guildford Road.

MRWA also undertook these changes to a number of existing traffic signals along Guildford Road, without consultation with the City.

Accordingly, the City will be escalating the matter further with MRWA as well as raising and discussing this matter at the next Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) Meeting.

I received the following on Friday 31 January {quote} You may have noticed recently that the Eighth Avenue traffic lights have had a minor change to the timing and allowing Eighth Avenue more green time, the public may now be happy with the new settings. Main Roads last year under state road timing project to review the lights on state roads and increase the time for the state road, saving travel time in and out of the city, which also has decreased the number of rear end crashes. By doing this, time had to be reduced from the side roads. For many roads this was a positive, however for intersections like Eighth Avenue this could not be treated like the other intersections. {end quote}

I don’t know about other people, but the only difference I have noted is that 3 cars can now make it across Guildford Road instead of 2. In my personal opinion, this is still too short a time, especially if you are on a bicycle etc.


The RISE and Bayswater Waves Gyms are offering a “Fee Free February” If you join this February, you can save the joining fee ($60).

Additionally, if you bring a friend with you (during February only) and if they join you on a 12 month membership, you will get a BONUS month for FREE.


You may have noticed that the trees in the planter boxes along Eighth Avenue have been really struggling. This was due to the initial planting being done with all the plants still in their pots. The City of Bayswater Arborist is aware of the situation (and was not involved in the initial implementation of this project). He has advised that as the weather cools down he will be leading works to remove the trees from the pots (taking back to the City nursery to nurse back to health) and will be planting one tree in each planter that currently has trees, and under-planting with tough and colourful low growing plants.

One of the new street Trees has died, however the remainder have really taken and shot off over Christmas. It is anticipated that they will be as tall as the previous street trees already by next year. Great news!


The new Maylands Waterland project is looking really exciting! The City will hopefully have some news that we can be shared publicly soon!


Please note that the following works are proposed for January - March 2020:

Department - Engineering:

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Tranby House Carpark - installation of road plateau and widening of path and bus bay (as part of Bike Plan recommendation);

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Guildford Road Infill to Path - Caledonian to Ferguson;

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Swan Bank Road and Mary Street - shared path "way finding" line marking;

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Bardon Park - shared path subsoil drainage of bend near Maylands Yacht Club.

Department - Project Services:

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Replace Cricket Practice Net - Shearn Park;

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Install additional Spinner Play Structure - Kelvin Street Reserve.

Department - Parks and Gardens:

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Proposed turf renovations once cricket season winds up (Gibbney, De Lacy and Shearn).

Department - Building Works:

[if !supportLists]· [endif]De Lacy Reserve Clubrooms - Replace internal doors and internal paint to changerooms - Door replacements completed-painting to commence February;

[if !supportLists]· [endif]The RISE – Installation of shelter and drainage to air-conditioning plant – currently in progress – due for completion by mid-February;

[if !supportLists]· [endif]The RISE – Installation of water proofing on rear landing – Currently in progress – due for completion by mid-February; Projects currently being scoped and awaiting specific approval but as yet, not commenced:

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Maylands Hall – Toilet upgrade and electrical switchboard.


METRONET began work on Monday 3 February to add over 100 new car bays to Meltham Station. The bays will be ready to use before the parking along Whatley Crescent at Bayswater Station closes in anticipation of major construction starting. In the following weeks Ashfield Station will follow suit.

**The current design of both Meltham and Ashfield station car parks does not require the removal of any trees. Some trees may be pruned. The contractor is however planting additional trees in each car park. [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]

If you have any questions or wish to raise any local issues, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.


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