Council seeks to establish working group for Walmer Street Bridge
Friday 09 December 2016
Works to and around the bridge are proposed by Salta as part of its redevelopment of 607-627 Victoria Street, Abbotsford.
Council last night rejected two options put forward by Salta (via the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning as the responsible authority), and voted unanimously to seek to improve the design as part of a working group comprising community members and representatives of Boroondara Council.
Yarra Mayor Cr Amanda Stone said Council’s resolution responds to strong sentiment from both sides of the river that the two options proposed for the Walmer Street Bridge were inadequate.
“Walmer Street Bridge is a key commuter route that provides an important link across the Yarra River,” Cr Stone said.
“Works to the bridge need to provide a safe and well-connected route for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as excellent public access to the river, Walmer Street and Victoria Street,” she said. During the am peak on “Super Tuesday” in March this year over 500 cyclists used the bridge and we can expect these numbers to increase in years to come. The bridge and plaza need to accommodate this growth.