The City of Boroondara welcomes this week’s announcement of $6.5 million in Federal Government funding for projects to upgrade Yarra Boulevard and replace the 125-year old Walmer Street Bridge.

Mayor of Boroondara, Cr Jane Addis, said the funding would be a boost for community safety.
“Council has been strongly advocating for safety measures on Yarra Boulevard and to replace the Walmer Street Bridge,” Cr Addis said.

“Our residents have been voicing their serious concerns for years about hooning, speeding and the frequent, illegal actions involving the deliberate placement of tacks endangering cyclists, pedestrians and drivers on the Boulevard. We’ve been working with VicRoads, Parks Victoria and Boroondara Police to develop solutions for these ongoing issues.” 

Yarra Boulevard is maintained and managed by VicRoads. VicRoads provided in-principle agreement on a range of treatments in 2018, but these are awaiting State funding.

The Federal funding of $5 million will provide for CCTV, better lighting, and measures to improve safety for all on the Yarra Boulevard.

Council has also been working with the City of Yarra and the Walmer Street Bridge Coalition to advocate for a new cyclist and pedestrian bridge.

“Works to replace the Walmer Street Bridge are critical for the Boroondara community and the broader Melbourne community,” Cr Addis said.

“The bridge is a key part of Melbourne’s cycling network. The total cost of the project is estimated at around $7 million, and this $1.5 million will certainly help to get things moving.”

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