Monday, December 01, 2008

A responsive local council

Sometimes you have little wins. So don't just whinge, complain directly and point out solutions. I don't have any answers to the big picture things perhaps, but I do sometimes have answers to smaller matters.

Most of my complaints about City of Port Phillip are directed at the council. I have had quite a few dealings with staff and I would go so far as to say that they bend over backwards to oblige within the limitations of what is imposed upon them.

I was seeking a similar treatment to Bowen Crescent as has been done by City of Melbourne at Dorcas and Coventry Streets in South Melbourne at St Kilda Road. The treatment does not hinder cars but defines where they should be on the road and gives pedestrians a refuge in the middle.

At the other end of Bowen Crescent, it is just a matter of putting in better line marking. This should have been done the last time the intersection was attended to.

Bowen Crescent, Melbourne. Traffic Management

Bowen Crescent, Melbourne. Traffic Management

Thank you for your email of 30 August 2008 expressing your concerns on the crossing of Bowen Crescent by pedestrians and vehicular access into Bowen Crescent from Kings Way. I would like to apologise for the delay in responding to your concerns. Please be advised that these matters have been investigated.

The City of Port Phillip has a strong focus on the safety for the more vulnerable road users within our municipality such as pedestrians and cyclists. Council has funded several projects to improve the safety in these areas. Please be advised that your proposal to narrow Bowen Crescent at St Kilda Road will be added to a list of pedestrian safety projects which will be considered for funding in future minor capital works programs.

The concern you have raised about the intersection of Bowen Crescent and Kings Way will be addressed by the provision of line marking and painted chevron road marking to provide improved delineation for those vehicles both entering and leaving the intersection. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.

If you require any further information and clarification please contact myself, on


  1. Anonymous8:30 pm


  2. Of course there is going to be some spin in it Reuben. Honestly, you are too cynical at times. What you write and what write involves spin.

  3. Anonymous9:37 pm

    Too cynical? Me? Never? I'm just deeply sceptical of any new developments on the planning front, naturally...on account of their corruption, incompetence etc. As bad as it may sound, I have never heard a positive story coming from the Victorian planning departments.

  4. In other words, "Please fuck off and stop writing to us".

  5. A lot of words saying nothing of substance.

  6. What is wrong with everyone? Anyone would think your cynicism arises from experience.

  7. Anonymous4:21 pm

    Too much Labor, Andrew. But it's quite interesting having a young cynic being criticised by an old chap (you are an old chap aren't you?).

  8. Although I am now Green Reuben, for a long time I was Labor through and through. The party taunts us working class nowadays with bits of the old, but it used to be magical. There was a light on the hill.

    Sadly I must confirm, I am almost old. So you young laddie, must have some idealism about you and not be so cynical.


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