No lower driveway access NEXT Tuesday between 9am – 3pm

As part of the Comms work that John Holland are doing out the front, they need to cut a trench across the driveway to the lower car park.  This is currently scheduled for Tuesday 25 July, between 9am and 3pm.

You will need to get your car out before 9am if you need it.

John Holland will be setting up the temporary fencing and undertaking preparation work for the communications relocation on St Kilda Road between Bowen Lane and Bowen Crescent this Friday 21 July instead of Wednesday 19 July, as planned. They will be continuing on with this communications relocation work next week, with the duration of the works to remain in line with the works notice and update flyer they issued to The Botanica last week.

Our tram stop survives a little longer

A number of you have asked about whether our tram stop at Bowen Lane will be re-instated.  I have had confirmation today that it will be operational again tomorrow.  The new stop on our side of Toorak Rd will be accessible from near the old Police Building.  That stop is a new generation, safer and with better accessibility.

Our old stop will clearly have to go when they do the serious tunnel work next year.


Major impact on footpath outside Botanica

You should have seen this document in your letterbox

2017 07 MM NOTIFICATION 030717 Service Relocations Update[37827]

It outlines some major work that will impact us greatly.  Essentially John Holland will be digging up the footpath from Bowen Crescent to Bowen Lane, immediately next to our wall.  They need to do this to move all of the telecommunications cables that run under the footpath – essentially moving them further from the road edge (and effectively further from the edge of the new station).

More information will be coming out from John Holland soon.

Be aware

  • There will be a outage of around 4 hours when no access will be available to/from the basement car park.  We have suggested to lowest impact is likely to be 10am-2pm on a Tuesday or Thursday.  They will give us notice beforehand
  • There will be no street parking immediately outside our building
  • The work will commence around next Monday and take around one month
  • We have stressed safe access for pedestrians is essential.

Don’t forget to check out the ongoing photos of the tram work here


Those beeping bloody trucks

I was woken at 5am by this truck – no video but judging by the rig, he could afford to pay for new generation reversing beepers.


I think the same guy was back again at 8am.  Again doing a long reverse, this time with video and more and more and more

Here are some close ups

Just before 9am we had another beeping truck

Video is here

Then right on 9am we had this effort.  And it went on and on .  Here is his rego


The EPR’s specifically say broadband beepers are MANDATORY.  Yesterday we were told it was really mainly the cherry pickers.  Well here are 3 trucks that have offended inside a few hours.

Footpath work immediately outside Botanica

You may have received this document this evening in your email (if you subscribe to MMRA info). MM NOTIFICATION 030717 Service Relocations Update[37840]

It notes that from next Wednesday our footpath will be dug up (again) and seems it may be that way for a month.

I have asked for a detailed technical briefing on Monday or Tuesday morning next week.  It will be held in their pop up office downstairs.  All welcome.  I suspect I won’t know until Monday and so it may be very short notice.  I will put a note up here