Thursday, April 25, 2024

Moreland Council disappointed by carpark decision

The Department of Transport is proposing a number of changes at Merlynston Train Station in Coburg North, as part of the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters program.

The Victorian Government proposes to seal and extend the gravel car park, and will include CCTV, lighting and additional bicycle parking facilities.

The proposed design requires the removal of several mature trees and a community garden located within the rail reserve. Works are planned to start in early 2022.

Moreland Council has expressed disappointment to the Department of Transport that the upgraded carpark would come at the cost of important mature trees and a community garden.

“Council has a goal of reaching 30% tree canopy across Moreland by 2050. These proposed works will expand the carpark by about 50%, at the expense of mature trees and other saplings planted by the community,” said Mayor Mark Riley.

“Trees play an important role in reducing the impacts of the urban heat island effect by providing shade and canopy cover. It is particularly sad to see these trees removed to support more cars.

“I invite the Victorian Government to work in partnership with Council to explore alternative designs that will better meet the needs of our diverse local community, and contribute towards Council’s goal of sustainable transport that is active or has zero emissions,” he said.

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