This small grey box may become the friend of many people in Melbourne living near tram tracks. During the Metro Tunnel work for the new Anzac (Domain?) Station, new tram tracks were installed that had a terrible squeal – after a lot of debate and numerous studies, a solution has been found.
It involves applying a ‘friction modifier’ onto the tracks. During August, tests were carried out by manually ‘painting’ this emulsion on the tracks and it made a significant difference. But the only issue is that it needs to be applied every 15 minutes or thereabouts.
Hence the grey box – when complete by early next week, it contains the gear (and tank) to spray the emulsion on the wheels of passing trams. The one above is in St Kilda Rd, near Toorak Rd. The photo below is the site of the one that will capture southbound trams and is in St Kilda Rd, near Park St. That should be completed on Sunday night
Why is it good news for all?? It seems if this works well then it can also be deployed on other noisy sections of tram track around the network.
Labor have said that they will put the bike lanes in the middle of St Kilda Rd if they win the election.
Means our chiller plant won’t be in the same location – but where will it be? I’m meeting with City of Port Phillip next week to discuss
Lots of good information here but I think the main piece of critical info is the broad notification of the worst time ahead for us. You can see that the worst time will likely be April – June 2019. This involves putting the ‘lid’ back on to the ‘southern box’ outside The Botanica.
The date may slip but given the following step involves moving the tram lines…and that can only be done in school holidays (eg July), I think the broad window won’t move much.
AGM Info pack
It was great having good attendance from CYP and The Botanica, thanks all
After some gentle prodding from The Botanica and others, Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) have managed to convince the City of Port Phillip to install a temporary bin outside 390 St Kilda Rd for cigarette butts.
I understand that they have refused to erect goal posts for the guys who kick a footy out there each day – all quite reasonable.
I was contacted by a journo from News Corp about our mail theft. She had seen my video on YouTube.
I decided that I was happy to be quoted (even if she didn’t get my quotes 100% right, they are near enough) but did not mention our building specifically.
Article is here
Police were not interested – maybe someone will recognise her and report it. Already 30 people have viewed the video.
Don’t forget tomorrow night we have Cross Yarra Partnership coming along to talk to owners and renters about the Melb Metro Tunnel project that’s happening on our doorstep.
It will commence at 6pm in The Garden Room of The Seasons Hotel, 348 St Kilda Rd
It will be followed by an ‘owners only’ AGM.
See this detailed work plan for October
MM NOTIFICATION 20181001 October Works Notification – Domain
There will be a lot of changes to access in and about The Botanica
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