Fix Flinders Street

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Please sign this petition to show your support in lobbying council to create a permanent solution to the state of Flinders Street between Matisi Street and Walsh Avenue in Thornbury.

COMMUNITY MEETING WITH MAYOR AND COUNCILLORS - THIS SATURDAY

We have arranged a meeting with City of Darebin Mayor Kim Le Cerf and Councillors Susan Rennie and Trent McCarthy to discuss this issue. Come along and show your support.

Date: Saturday 17th June
Time:
10:30am
Venue:
3 Ravens - 1 Theobold Street, Thornbury. Corner of Matisi and Theobold Street (entrance is on Matisi Street) MAP

We, the residents of the area would like to see a solution to the dangerous state of the road and continued dumping of rubbish. We are currently in conversation as a community of residents as to what the preferred solution may be. At this stage we would like to collect signatures to let council know the volume of community support for this issue.

As local residents, we have become accustomed to seeing household rubbish, builders cement, dumped courier trucks and cars, old mattresses, treadmills and couches being dumped. The recent incident that involved local police in which cannabis hydroponic equipment was dumped made it to the front page of the Leader newspaper and we as a community have decided enough is enough.

Over the decades many residents have reported the rubbish and expressed their frustration to council with no positive outcomes. Typically, after rubbish is reported, a council truck will come a week or two later, pick up the rubbish, only to have a new rubbish dumped a week later. The lack of planning and the state of the road makes it look like a rubbish tip, contributing to the frequency at which rubbish is dumped there. This collection of rubbish comes at great expense to council and ultimately, us rate payers. This current situation makes no sense. If the area looks like a tip, it gets used like that, if it looks like our home it will be cared for.

Council staff have advised us the road is designated an ‘unmade road’. Currently the road is just a collection of left over bitumen from the council depot. Consequently, the huge potholes pose a significant safety issue to both vehicles and pedestrians. While the City of Darebin has other roads designated as ‘unmade roads’ such as those that adjoin the Merri Creek, we consider the location of this road, that adjoins a school, residents and industry to no longer be fit to be simply designated an ‘unmade road’ for council to ignore. We have been advised by council that as an ‘unmade road’ the onus falls onto residents of Mansfield St whose properties back onto Flinders St to cover the cost of building a road at a prohibitive rate.

 We are lobbying council to make changes in favour of a permanent solution to this ongoing issue. The current ideas are:

 - Double lane walking/cycling path with landscaping and access for residents with driveways

- Community garden and recreation park with access via Matisi Street blocked

- Resurfacing the road to the standard of other roads in the area



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