Project to Improve Pedestrian Access in Lilydale
Media Release Date:13 June 2012
Yarra Ranges council has been successful in securing a funding grant to improve pedestrian routes in Lilydale.
The council will share $1.2m with three other local government areas for the Pedestrian Network Demonstration Project under the Liveable Cities Program.
Mayor Graham Warren said Yarra Ranges would spend its component on a project to identify improvement opportunities for pedestrian routes in Lilydale and to encourage more people to walk between local destinations.
“We need to identify key routes for pedestrians and then work towards improving them so they are safer and more appealing to use,” he said.
The project will investigate options such as improvements to signalised intersections, increases to priority crossings such as zebra crossings, increases to pavement width or quality, installation of trees and vegetation or the installation of street furniture.
It will create a demonstration project for Lilydale which can be expanded with further funding in the future.
“We will be engaging schools, tertiary institutions, local business and other groups to encourage improved pedestrian use of Lilydale and a reduction of the use of cars in local areas,” he said.
The project follows on from the Street 11 competition in 2011 when Landscape Architects submitted ideas for Lilydale’s Main St.
The Department of Transport made the application for federal funding in the Liveable Cities Program in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council, the Department of Transport, Melbourne University, Victoria Walks, City of Boroondara, Frankston City Council and City of Greater Geelong.