- The Spotswood South Kingsville Residents Group firmly support option 2 to go to Environmental Effects Statement (EES). We implore the state government and Transurban to have a collaborative planning approach to this design, rather than more inaccurate consultation.
Western Distributor Hyde St Access – Option 2 << Click for Map Image
- We feel that the current reference design is a band-aid fix that will largely just shift the problem of truck traffic from Yarraville to Spotswood. Knowing that this build will go ahead regardless, option two is the best of a bad list.
Western Distributor Reference Design (10/07/16) << Click for Map Image
- Any option that brings trucks closer to Donald McLean Reserve, Emma McLean Kindergarten or Simcock Avenue is unacceptable for traffic congestion in the local area, as well the health and well-being of our children.
- Local children have been attending Emma McLean Kindergarten since 1944. The current reference design brings trucks, their noise and emissions closer to this much loved childcare centre.
- The current reference design heavily impacts Spotswood’s sports field and kindergarten. Facilities that are used by a myriad of groups daily. From grass-roots football and cricket groups, through to health and fitness specialists and local families just wanting to enjoy the only outdoor sporting facilities in the small but thriving suburb of Spotswood, any design that encroaches on this space is a travesty.
- Whilst consultation with neighbouring suburbs have been well executed, considering the immediate impacts that other options have on the local Spotswood area, consultation has been minimal to non-existent.
- The local residents and business groups are furious that Transurban have been reported as saying that the current level of consultation with the local community is acceptable.
- Consultation has been with previous lobby groups from the Maribyrnong municipality and not with the residents of Hobsons Bay.