Why is this project ‘Your Street, Your Say’ happening?

    The Your Street, Your Say project will help Council develop projects to improve our local streets. Nobody knows our streets better than the locals, so we want to hear from you first about the issues you’ve noticed.

    For the Your Street, Your Say project, we have split Darebin into three groups:

    • Group A: Reservoir West, Preston West, Thornbury West
    • Group B: Bundoora / MacLeod, Thornbury East, Northcote East / Fairfield
    • Group C: Reservoir East, Preston East, Northcote West

    We have split Darebin up this way so that we can focus on one area at a time while making changes. We will consult with one group each year for the next three years. Following consultation, Council will develop a list of projects that will be delivered in the coming three years.

    Which suburbs are included as a part of Your Street Your Say and why?

    We are starting in Group A, which includes Reservoir West, Preston West and Thornbury West (see map below). We are investigating the Group A areas first because there have been no recent traffic studies here and it is the setting of current level crossing removal projects at Bell and Preston Stations and it includes the Preston Market Redevelopment site. However, over the next 3 years all suburbs in Darebin will be involved in the Your Street Your Say program.

    Map showing that Reservoir West, Thornbury West and Preston West will be considered from 2021, and the rest of Darebin will be considered in the future.

    What are the timeframes involved in the development of Your Street, Your Say?

    Share your thoughts and ideas

    12 October - 22 November 2021

    Feedback reviewed and considered

    December 2021- January 2022

    Draft Plans developed

    January 2022- February 2022

    Share your thoughts on the draft plans

    February 2022- March 2022

    Delivery of projects

    Small safety changes using signs and lines can be delivered straight away and more complex projects that will be included in the concept plan will take longer. These more complex projects will be prioritised and delivered as resources allow over the next few years.  

    Why are some of the issues on the interactive map and survey written by ‘Darebin City Council’?

    Before we launched the Your Street, Your Say project, we added all known issues reported by residents in Group A into the map. These issues were reported to us by the community in recent years by phone or emailSo, although the map says the author is ‘Darebin City Council’, these are issues that were reported by the community – not Council staff. Having known issues already on the map means that the community does not need to spend time reporting problems that we are already aware of, or that they have reported previously. 

    When we added these known issues into the map, we also sent out a letter to the people who had submitted their feedback, letting them know about the Your Street, Your Say project, and advising that their feedback had been added into the map and would be considered and addressed through this project 

    What are the next steps after community feedback has been received?

    Council will prepare a community consultation report that summarises the key issues that have been raised by the community. We will then collect data (e.g., traffic counts, vehicle speed, crash data etc.) to verify and further investigate concerns raised. Using this information, Council will develop a list of projects to help address key issues raised by the community and present it back to the community as a draft concept plan for your feedback.  

    What kind of changes can be made to streets through the Your Street, Your Say project?

    Council will consider the feedback from the community when it develops a list of projects to help make our local streets safer and more inviting.

    These interventions / projects may include things such as:

    • Pedestrian crossings
    • Speed limit reductions
    • Planting trees / landscaping
    • Street furniture (seating)
    • Widening footpaths
    • Speed cushions (humps)
    • Adding or improving bicycle lanes
    • Kerb extensions (pinch-points)
    • Closing part of a street to traffic (example James Street pop-up park in Preston)

    It is important to note that Council may not be able to address every issue or request raised by the community as part of this project.

    Council has already made a strategic commitment to improving road safety and encouraging sustainable modes of transportation (i.e. walking, cycling, public transport) so new projects must align to these objectives.

    What types of changes to streets won’t be made through Your Street, Your Say?

    The Your Street, Your Say project will not include:

    • Changes to arterial (state government) roads 
    • Changes to public transport services  
    • Large projects that Council cannot fund independently (e.g. creating a new signalised intersection) 
    • Changes that don’t align with Council’s strategic objectives such as sustainability, road safety, equity and inclusion and creating vibrant places.

    We will however use all your input to understand what is important to our community when using the transport network. This will allow us to focus our efforts when advocating for changes that the State Government have control over. 

    How will my feedback be incorporated into the project?

    We’ll use your feedback to identify:

    • The issues and barriers you face when using our local streets
    • How we could change our streets to suit your needs

    This will help us make decisions about what changes to our streets are needed, and where those changes should be located. We’ll then develop project plans which try to address the issues you have raised, in the locations where they are most needed.

    How will transport network issues on arterial (State Government) roads be dealt with?

    The Your Street, Your Say project is focused on local issues in local streets and areas. This includes issues with walking and cycling safety and connectivity, roads which are used for rat-running and other issues with road congestion and safety. This project will also consider issues where the local road network interacts with the arterial road (e.g. St Georges Road, High Street, Bell Street), network such as intersections. The outcomes of this study will then help us to advocate to State Government for addressing issues on arterial roads. We can let State Government know about your concerns and ask them to make changes.

    How will my request about changes to parking restrictions be addressed through Your Street Your Say?

    The Your Street, Your Say project will consider your feedback on parking in developing project proposals. However, detailed changes to parking (i.e. time restrictions, resident permit zones and disabled parking bays) are not part of this project. 

    If you would like to request a change to parking restrictions in your area, please visit the Darebin website and follow the instructions. 

    Streets with existing parking change requests will be contacted during the project development stage of Your Street, Your Say.

    How do I address immediate high risk/ safety concerns?

    Emergency/priority issues should be submitted through the regular channels by contacting Darebin Council customer service on 03 8470 8888 or at mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au.

    High-risk / urgent safety concerns include issues such as:

    • A serious road traffic accident or incident
    • Hoon driving / excessive speeding (Darebin will pass this onto Victoria Police)
    • Access issues (street or property access is being blocked – typically this will be handled by enforcement)

    Why do the suburb boundaries look incorrect in the images for this project?

    The boundaries of the Your Street, Your Say project areas do not match with suburb boundaries. Because of this, we’ve used labels for areas such as Reservoir West, Preston West and Thornbury West to help us describe the project areas. 

    We divided the study areas in this way to prioritise areas which haven’t been studied for a long time. For example, we’re looking at Reservoir West, Preston West and Thornbury West first because there have been no recent traffic studies here. This area is also the setting of current level crossing removal projects at Bell and Preston Stations, and includes the Preston Market Redevelopment site.  

    I would like to speak to someone about this, who should I contact?

    If you are having difficulty with the survey platform or have questions about the Your Street, Your Say project you can send an email to YourStreet.YourSay@darebin.vic.gov.au

    If you wish to speak with someone on the phone, send an email to YourStreet.YourSay@darebin.vic.gov.au with following details: 

    •  Name
    •  Phone Number
    •  Preferred call back time

    The project team will call back within 48 hours. 

    Glossary - what does that word mean?

    Parkiteer: The secure bicycle storage facilities (cages) at railway stations

    Pram crossing: A ramp that connects footpaths to the road in a way that allows people with prams, wheelchairs or walking frames to cross the road

    DDA compliance /tactile indicators: DDA refers to the Disability Discrimination Act which requires that footpaths and pedestrian crossings be accessible for people in wheelchairs or with other special mobility requirements.

    Tactile indicators are the raised dots and lines that you sometimes see on footpaths, particularly near intersections. These are used to help guide people who have a vision impairment.

    Car share: Membership services such as GoGet, Flexicar and Popcar that offer short-term access to cars. Typically, these vehicles are stored in convenient locations on-street. For many people, this service can offer an easy, low-cost alternative to car ownership. For more information, please visit the page https://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/carshare