Sunday, September 23, 2012

TRAFFIC police have cracked down on drivers in Fitzsimons Lane on August 15.

Doncaster police Sgt Shannon Elston said 4000 vehicles were checked in the four-hour period using automatic number plate recognition scanning.... Read More

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Toddler locked in van in Templestowe for hours

A TRAUMATISED toddler was trapped in a locked van for almost two hours in Templestowe after a childcare worker left her behind in the centre's carpark.... Read More

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Smartbus bus stops in Williamsons Road Templestowe require footpaths





It occurred to me after getting off the Smartbus in Williamsons Road, there are a number of issues with the bus stops that should be reviewed.

As you can see from the photo there is a large trench and no path to or from the bus stop. In the wet to get to or from the bus stop, you'd need to walk along the busy road with a large number of cars speeding past at 80km/h.

The other issue is getting from one side of Williamsons Road to the other, especially during peak times. School children often walk between cars to cross the road.

There is no safe way to cross Williamsons Road road from Foote Street to Porter Street. At Foote Street there are slip lanes which cars often speed around, checking for traffic but not watching for pedestrians. At Porter Street you have the very busy roundabout and no infrastructure where people can cross.

I see a number of areas for improvement in the area. Sometimes if feels like Templestowe residents are the cash cow for the Doncaster Hill precinct. More needs to be done in the local area to provide better facilities and a safer environment.

Kelvin Eldridge
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Traffic lights for Fitzsimons Lane and promised at last election appear they won't be what people expect.

At the last election two promises made by the Liberal member for Bulleen were for traffic lights at Golden Way/Bulleen Road in Bulleen and Fitzsimons Lane/Porter Street Templestowe.

According to one article on the internet for the five year crash data to 2010, there were 3 accidents at Golden Way and 8 at Fitzsimons Lane. The following is an excerpt from Google search results.

30 May 2011 – VicRoads' five-year crash data to 2010 recorded eight crashes, two ... the Porter Street and Fitzsimons Lane intersection in Templestowe. Three crashes occurred at the Bulleen Road and Golden Way intersection in Bulleen.

For the five year period of 2007-2011, if I read the statistics correctly, there were 2 crashes at Golden Way/Bulleen Road and 8 crashes at Fitzsimons Lane/Porter Street.

That is there were two to four times the number of crashes at the Fitzsimons Lane roundabout and yet it received a lower priority. These crashes are casualty crashes where people are injured. There would be many more crashes where vehicles are damaged.

Now if you read the following it appears the Fitzsimons Lane roundabout won’t get a full set of traffic lights as I suspect most people would have felt should be there and certainly what I expected when the Liberals promised traffic lights at Golden Way and the Fitzsimons Lane roundabout.  

VicRoads acting regional director Anita Curnow said details of planned improvements were being finalised. "The proposal is to add metering traffic signals on each roundabout approach to allow much more control over how the roundabout operates," she said.... Read More

By the time people generally hear about the plans it is too late. We’ve seen how VicRoads has crippled the Hawtin Street/Foote Street intersection. Residents in the area were made aware of the changes (I personally dropped hundreds of leaflets) and the increased danger of the additional lane, but it isn’t real to most people until the changes are made. I didn’t even realise the median strip would be removed making it much more difficult to cross Foote Street in a vehicle. Since then multiple people have raised partitions but the median strip, which would enable cars to move safely into the middle of the Foote Street has still not returned.

If the Fitzsimons Lane/Porter Street intersection is important to you, then make sure your voice is heard. Whether you are for or against traffic lights instead of the roundabout, make your voice heard.

- Kelvin Eldridge
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Three wombats were hit and killed by cars along Fitzsimons Lane

Wildlife Victoria issued the warning after three wombats were hit and killed by cars along Fitzsimons Lane next to Westerfolds Park in the past six weeks.... Read More

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Snoozing car thief nabbed in Templemore Drive Templestowe

Manningham detective Sen-Constable Anthony Downes said a resident alerted police to a man sleeping in a vehicle parked in Templemore Drive about 8.45am yesterday.... Read More

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Police on both sides of Fitzsimons Lane Templestowe

Allow extra time if crossing over the Yarra on Fitzsimons Lane between Eltham and Templestowe. A short delay is to be expected.

Kelvin Eldridge
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Anthony Jude - ANZ mobile lender

I live in Templestowe and today received an unaddressed letter in the mail from ANZ. It was a pamphlet promoting ANZ’s “local” mobile lender. A search of the telephone number indicates Anthony is located in Blackburn, a number of suburbs from Templestowe.

Between Templestowe and around Blackburn I suspect there are hundreds of lenders, many running their own small business. Whilst I have nothing against ANZ or Anthony, the aim of JustLocal is to make it easier for local businesses to advertise to locals and harder for big business to swamp the market. For example there is no ANZ business in Templestowe (the branch closed a while ago) and Anthony doesn’t live in Templestowe. Thus even with the deep pockets ANZ has to advertise, ANZ couldn’t have advertised on JustLocal in Templestowe. Even if ANZ had a branch in Templestowe they would still be limited to four advertising spaces which is just as affordable for a smaller local business.

If you want to promote your business in your local area, without being squashed by the huge advertising budgets of big business, then consider advertising and promoting yourself on JustLocal.

Kelvin Eldridge
www.JustLocal.com.au  

UPDATE 18/09: I received a call from Anthony Jude and had a very interesting conversation. It turns out Anthony is a successful franchise owner and his franchise covers the areas of Templestowe, Templestowe Lower, Doncaster and Doncaster East. The letter drop was done at Anthony's own expense and not by ANZ.

JustLocal has been designed to assist businesses like Anthony's. JustLocal has also been designed to strengthen local business by only enabling businesses located in an area, to advertise on the postcode page for the area. Unfortunately since Anthony does not live in Templestowe, or have a bricks-and-mortar presence in Templestowe (or Templestowe Lower, Doncaster or Doncaster East), he would not be able to advertise on the Templestowe 3106 page (or 3107, 3108 or 3109) for JustLocal.

This is not meant to reflect on Anthony or his business. My only desire is to strengthen local business by providing an advertising service which where people outside the area with larger budgets are more visible than the businesses located in the area.

Thank you Anthony for taking the time to contact me and correct my assumptions. I wish you the best with your business.
 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Womens Fitness Studio In Templestowe Village For Sale

Established Womens Fitness Studio In Templestowe For Sale... Read More

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tree down in Stradmore Avenue Templestowe

Today a neighbour knocked on our door just before 8am needing a lift. I was happy to help. A tree had blown over as a result of the high winds and blocked her drive. Luckily there was no damage caused by the tree.



Kelvin Eldridge
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tree on Fitzsimons Lane Eltham Eastern lane

Take care if you ate travelling from Eltham to Templestowe on Fitzsimons Lane. Near the curve (which is not clearly visible from a distance) a tree has fallen down from the embankment due to the wind and is on the road.


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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Carpark Audit at Templestowe Village

NHW volunteers and the Police will be checking cars in the shopping centre carpark to ensure that no valuables are visible.... Read More

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A PLAN to hand control of almost a third of Melbourne's bus routes to one company

Public Transport Victoria will appoint a single operator next year to run 30 per cent of the city's bus network - including the four heavily used Doncaster rapid-bus routes and three growing orbital routes that ring the middle and outer suburbs.... Read More

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Keilor East man charged over Bakers Delight burglaries

He said the man was suspected of burglaries at bakeries in Templestowe, Bulleen, Heidelberg, Brandon Park, Waverley Gardens and Eltham between Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, August 12.... Read More

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Wombat wanders into Templestowe

WALLY the bare-nosed wombat has been causing a stir at his digs in Templestowe.... Read More

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Woman was indecently assaulted in a separate attack in Templestowe

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said a woman was walking along Hillcroft Drive about 7.45pm when a man approached her from behind and indecently assaulted her.... Read More

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Three dead in horror crash on country highway near Yunta

The male driver, 54, of a white Nissan 4WD lived at Broken Hill while the 76-year-old male driver of a silver Honda Accord came from Templestowe, Victoria.... Read More

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Stolen cash from a Bakers Delight store in Templestowe

Detective Senior Constable Anthony Downes said a man pretending to be a maintenance worker had stolen cash from a Bakers Delight store in Templestowe on July 28. He also attempted to steal from franchises in Bulleen, Heidelberg, Brandon Park and Mulgrave.... Read More

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The in-school program, run by Little Devils Circus School,

Templestowe Park Primary School student Felicity, 10, practises her skills with hoops... Read More

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Cheaper petrol for Templestowe residents

Noticed today petrol price at Shell Templestowe at the roundabout at Fitzsimons Lane was 154.9 cents (without discount). I just purchased petrol at the Shell service station on Reynolds Road and Blackburn for 134.9, a saving of 20 cents per litre. I was fortunate to still have an 8 cent per litre voucher in the car.

Kelvin Eldridge
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