Friday, February 21, 2014

Murray cod seem to be strongest between Fitzsimons Lane Bridge in Templestowe and the bridge at Warrandyte.

"Metre plus" Cod are being caught in the Yarra River and an environment specialist says the big fish need to be put back so they can breed.... read more.  

Kelvin Eldridge
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Willamsons Road, Fitzsimons Lane, Templestowe roundabout upgrade. Will it have been worth the $5.8 million?

When I think about going to Greensborough from Templestowe I shudder. Getting to Greensborough is OK, but coming back means facing a queue which can add 10-20 minutes travel time to a six to seven minute drive.

When I look at the roadworks I can't help feel what if anything it will achieve. Once the roadworks are complete there will be lanes for buses which move around 13% of the population, but what about the other 87%.

Had VicRoads designed the changes for the benefit of everyone and not just the Victorian Government's own transport network we may have seen improvement for everyone. But as it is, and I hope I'm wrong, I really can't see much advantage for the majority of road users.

In fact buses heading east on Porter Street will now have a priority light enabling them to cross Williamsons Road. That can only mean an additional delay for drivers. The second concern is the new pedestrian crossing south of the roundabout. Yes it is needed to provide a safe means for people to cross Williamsons Road, but what happens when the south-bound traffic is held up as someone crosses at the pedestrian crossing. Will the traffic management lights stop vehicles entering the intersection or will we see the roundabout blocked just as we did when the pedestrian lights were used on the north side of the roundabout.

There will be new traffic management lights which hopefully will improve the flow of traffic, but my feeling is, had the government just put traffic lights in and made the changes for all road users and not just for their own bus network, everyone would have benefited.

I hope I'm wrong. Only time will tell if the $5.8 million was well spent and whether it improves the traffic flow. What we need to do is to remember what it was like before the roadworks started. Will the night bank up be as bad as it was before the roadworks. Will trying to exit Hawtin Street to turn right at the roundabout to go to Eltham be the same as before. Will those exiting Hawtin Street to go south on Williamsons Road (since the Foote Street exit for Hawtin Street was restricted) now have a better run. Will picking up something quickly from the Templestowe shops and returning across Williamsons Road still be next to impossible. Somehow I'm not very hopeful. I should say I am hopeful, but not very confident.

Kelvin Eldridge

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Two in court after burglaries in Hillcroft Drive Templestowe

I find it interesting to see where people come from when they commit a burglary in Templestowe. If I read this correctly this shows that burglars even from opposite sides of town come together and burgle places quite distant from where they live.

Phuoc Trinh, 35, of Clayton South and Chung Nguyen, 36, of St Albans were arrested after an alleged house burglary in Hillcroft Drive in Templestowe on January 30.... read more

Kelvin Eldridge
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Year 9s from Doncaster Secondary College raising awareness that bullying behaviour is unacceptable

A very special group of Year 9s from Doncaster Secondary College have been visiting Year 5 students at three local primary schools — Templestowe Heights, Templestowe Park and Templestowe Valley — to raise awareness that bullying behaviour is unacceptable, and to assist students to develop knowledge and skills in preventing and responding to bullying.... read more.  

Kelvin Eldridge
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Don't forget to close your windows when you leave home.

Police are urging people in the Manningham area to lock up and close windows before leaving the house in hot weather, after a spike in burglaries around the Doncaster, Templestowe and Donvale area.... read more

Kelvin Eldridge
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fitzsimons Lane Templestowe Roadworks traffic delays

Just drove north along Fitzsimons Lane Templestowe. Traffic coming from Eltham is banked up well past roundabout back into Eltham. Haven't seen it banked up that far before.

Kelvin Eldridge
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