Ferrars Street streetscape a step closer

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Port Phillip Council has adopted a concept design for its Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct streetscape works.

The design, which includes an additional 31 short-term on-street parking spaces on Douglas Street and Ferrars Street for visiting residents and businesses, follows several rounds of community consultation.

Council is also to continue working with the Victorian Government to progress the new Montague Community Park and start the remediation process.

The park will be enjoyed by community members and students of the Precinct’s new South Melbourne Ferrars Street Primary School.

Mayor Bernadene Voss said Council had done its best to balance local business’ concerns with the need to ensure that present – and future – Fishermans Bend communities have access to adequate open space.

“By the final round of consultation, three submitters remained concerned about the provision of open space for the park leading to a loss of parking spaces near their businesses. We have done our best to address their concerns by incorporating alternate access and on-street parking into the final design,” Cr Voss said.

“We believe this revised design will allow us to safely transform an industrial area into well-connected mix use precinct supporting residents, businesses, education and community services.”

Other key features of the streetscape design include a school zone with a lower 40km/h speed limit at peak times when children are travelling to and from school and school drop-off zones in Ferrars Street, Kerr Street and Whiteman Street.

There will also be a new bus zone on Kerr Street providing parking for buses servicing the school, due to open in 2018.

The next step is for Council to request the Planning Minister to allow the streetscape and park works to be incorporated into the Port Phillip Planning Scheme.

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