Public Urged To Have Their Say On Jewell Station Improvements

Public Urged To Have Their Say On Jewell Station Improvements

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

Brunswick Community Invited To Share Its Vision For Jewell Station Precinct

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder today urged Brunswick residents, traders and commuters to have their say in creating an exciting vision for revitalising the Jewell Station precinct.

Mr. Mulder said VicTrack was investigating the potential to transform the Jewell Station precinct into a lively community place. This includes improvements to the station and surrounding land, funded through proposed residential, office and retail developments.

A series of community consultation sessions will be held to hear first-hand from anyone with an interest in the future of the station precinct.

“While the Jewell Station precinct is of significant heritage value, the station surrounds are rundown, with a large derelict building and messy access for commuters, pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.” Mr. Mulder said.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the community to be involved in fixing the problems and changing the face of the Jewell Station precinct.”

“This is a fact finding mission to find out what the community thinks of Jewell Station and how the station and surrounding area could be better used by local people and transformed as part of a wider development.”

“All suggestions are welcome, as every idea will help inform the plan to create a vibrant and lively place.”

Mr. Mulder said depending on the commercial response, the proposed development of the precinct could include restoration works to the heritage station, an enhanced public open area and a new commercial and residential development adjacent to the eastern side of the station.

Mr. Mulder said that the Victorian Coalition Government was also interested in hearing the community’s views about how the railway land on the western side could be improved.

“We expect that a high priority for the community may be to greatly improve safety and access throughout the precinct for all users, be they commuters, bicycle riders or pedestrians.” Mr. Mulder said.

Mr. Mulder said any proposed public transport improvements depended on taking advantage of opportunities to develop surrounding rail land for residential, office and retail uses.

“The Coalition Government believes that, like at Jewell, there are fantastic opportunities across the metropolitan area to undertake projects with the private sector to provide real benefits for commuters and communities without taxpayers footing the bill.” Mr. Mulder said.

If it proceeded, the project would only involve changes to the precinct, not the frequency or nature of rail services.

VicTrack is working closely with Public Transport Victoria, the Department of Transport and Metro Trains Melbourne to ensure the best outcome from the information gathering stage of this project.

Community engagement specialist Village Well will undertake a range of community engagement activities. VicTrack will carefully consider the feedback in finalising its proposal for the precinct as part of a planning application expected to be lodged with the City of Moreland in the second half of 2012.

The community is invited to have their say in person by attending the following:

Community Listening Posts

Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm                              7.30 am – 9.30 am

Date: Saturday 7 July                                     Monday 9 July

Where: Cnr Sydney Rd and Wilson Ave      Jewell Station

Brunswick                                                            Brunswick

Community Visioning Workshops

Time: 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm or 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm

Date: Wednesday 18 July

Where: Australian Greek Welfare Society, 7 Union Street, Brunswick

VicTrack is a Victorian Government rail business that owns Victoria’s railway land and infrastructure. Its aim is to support public transport, regional development and other government policies by operating commercially.