IT'S OUR TURN MAIDEN GULLY
“Facilities are limited and residents rely largely on surrounding areas such as Kangaroo Flat and Eaglehawk” (Elton Consulting, 2020)
Epsom Population 2016 Census- 4325
9.4 kms from Bendigo City
Epsom/Huntly Recreation Reserve: Epsom/Huntly Recreation Reserve Information
Epsom Village Shopping Centre: Epsom Village Information
Epsom Village Shopping Centre Expansion: Epsom Village Expansion Information
Epsom Skate Park: Epsom Skate Park Information
Value $510,000 ($200,000 from CoGB)
Total Money Invested into Epsom $39,593,593
Maiden Gully Population 2016 Census- 4992
7.9 kms from Bendigo City
Total Money Invested into Maiden Gully?
Proposed Value: $83,847,430
Please note, of this proposed $83 million, approximately $20 million has been allocated to the red circled section of Maiden Gully, as indicated in the map below from page 4 of the Development Contribution Plan (DCP) Maiden Gully DCP
The rest of the funds have been allocated to the grey shaded
'Proposed General Residential Zone'
The green circle is our current town centre – NO FUTURE PLANS!!
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PLEASE TAKE OUR 2 MINUTE SURVEY WITH ADDITIONAL MUCH NEEDED COMMENTS:
On the 17/8/2020 Council approved “A Revised Maiden Gully Precinct Structure Plan (PSP)” acknowledging assistance from the Maiden Gully Progress Association. However, we did not agree with revision R44 “Signalisation of the intersection of Calder Highway and Maiden Gully Road with connection through to Carolyn Way which would become a two-way street”.
See Page 31 in the link:
Maiden Gully Precinct Structure Plan (PSP)
The PSP contains 25 objectives, 45 guidelines and 65 requirements – many of this with several points under each. R44 states ‘signalisation of the intersection of Calder Highway and Maiden Gully Road with connection through to Carolyn Way which would become a two-way street.’
The PSP simply ‘describes how the land is expected to be developed’. Council can and should, declare publicly it disagrees with R44 in the PSP due to insufficient initial consultation and the ongoing demand from community to keep Carolyn Way closed.
Containing over 135 recommendations, guidelines, and objectives in one report (each with many sub points contained within in) is confusing and makes it difficult for both the community, and the COGB to endorse each and every single finding.
R44 is not in the community interest, was not heavily canvassed within the community, nor is it broadly supported.
Given this, we request the following:
City of greater Bendigo publicly record its dismissal of R44 of the PSP and instead commit that Carolyn Way will remain a 1-way street due to safety concerns.
Previous Introduction to our Survey on the Maiden Gully Road Calder Highway Intersection
The urgent need for: ‘A Traffic Light Maiden Gully Road Calder Highway ‘T’ Intersection’
At a Meeting of the MGPA Monday 1st Feb, the major stake holders were gathered to discuss the urgent need to amend the Marong Road (Calder Highway) Improvements Planning: Community and Stakeholder Engagement Report – March 2020.
There was unanimous agreement that each body would conduct their own survey of their clientele. Results would be combined into a final report to be presented to Maree Edwards for action.
Although we respect the efforts of Vic Roads wide ranging consultative process to gather the facts pertaining to this intersection, we believe the process did not present an alternative proposal and the sample size of 72 was far too low. Their presentation focused on a Cross Road Intersection and did not propose an alternative T Intersection.
Both Marist College and the Maiden Gully Primary School have been lobbying for urgent attention for something to be done at this intersection as traffic flow during school times is congested. To emphasize the need, consider the rapid development within Bendigo and Maiden Gully that has led to Marist College enrolment’s now reaching 1150 students peaking at 1250 by 2023 and Maiden Gully Primary’s 570. The predicted enrolment of Maiden Gully Primary School is between 763 to 816 by the year 2030. Increasing enrolments create increased traffic density.
The Maiden Gully Progress Association is of the opinion that if as the current plan proceeds with the opening of Carolyn Way to the Calder Highway to create a crossroad intersection, little focus had been given to the effect this would have on the Maiden Gully Primary School. Our survey is intended to consult more widely with the Maiden Gully Community via Facebook focusing on an alternative solution not expressed in the consultations by Vic Roads. Findings will be combined with those from Marist College and the Maiden Gully Primary School.
Arguments for a Traffic Light Intersection
Maiden Gully YCW Eagles junior football registration day will be on the evening of Tuesday 9th February 2021 at Marist College. See below for more details.
Addressing the urgent need for a traffic-light controlled Maiden Gully Road and Calder Highway T-intersection
Survey Monkey Link
At a meeting of the MGPA Monday 1st Feb, the major stake holders were gathered to discuss the urgent need to amend the Marong Road (Calder Highway) Improvements Planning: Community and Stakeholder Engagement Report – March 2020. There was unanimous agreement that each body would survey their own communities for feedback on the issue. Results are to be combined into a final report to be presented to Maree Edwards for action.
Maiden Gully Intersection
Despite acknowledging the efforts of Vic Roads’ wide ranging consultation with the community regarding this intersection, the Progress Association believes that the process should have presented an alternative proposal and that the sample size of 72 was far too low. Their presentation focused on a cross-road four-way intersection and did not propose an alternative T-intersection.
Both Marist College and Maiden Gully Primary School have been lobbying for urgent attention for action at this intersection, as traffic flow during school times is congested. To emphasise the need, please consider the rapid development within Bendigo and our suburb of Maiden Gully that has led to Marist College’s enrolments now reaching 1150 students, peaking at 1250 by 2023 and Maiden Gully Primary’s 570 students. The enrolment of Maiden Gully Primary School is projected to be between 763 and 816 students by the year 2030. These increasing enrolments will continue to increase traffic density.
If VicRoads’ plan is implemented in its current form, with the opening of Carolyn Way to the Calder Highway to create a crossroad intersection; the Maiden Gully Progress Association is of the opinion that little consideration has been given to the effect this would have on the safety of the students of Maiden Gully Primary School. Our survey is intended to consult more widely with the Maiden Gully Community via Facebook focusing on an alternative solution not presented in the consultations by VicRoads. Findings will be combined with those from Marist College and the Maiden Gully Primary School.
Arguments for a Traffic Light Intersection:
Arguments for a Traffic Light T-Intersection by Keeping Carolyn Way Closed:
Complete the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6536GYL
We are thrilled for Maiden Gully Primary School to be receiving new funding for their well deserved and much anticipated upgrades!
The Members of the Maiden Gully Progress Association were excited with the recent press release announcing: “$510,000 TO PLAN FOR FUTURE WORKS AT MAIDEN GULLY PRIMARY SCHOOL” This media release was made on behalf of local state Parliamentary member, Maree Edwards, State Member for Bendigo West.
Having learnt that our local primary school had been knocked back on a major upgrade in 2010 and that ever since requests have fallen on deaf ears, there was need for action. At that time, the school enrolment was 415 whereas today it is 570. From our research, the predictive enrolment for the year 2030 for Maiden Gully Primary school would range between 710, or 816. Most classrooms are currently portables, whose general environment is not conducive to modern day teaching practice. As the media release points out, ‘“There is an obvious need for more permanent buildings and upgrades to the outdoor areas.”
We have appreciated the opportunity of working closely with the current Principal, Craig Arrowsmith and our State Local Member, Maree Edwards to help improve the Educational Facilities for our local students. We look forward to continuing this close association.
This announcement, of funding to plan future works, is seen as the first step towards the eventual granting of a Major Works Contact to upgrade the school.
John R Storey,
President; Maiden Gully Progress Association.
The Maiden Gully Early Years Hub is progressing quickly, with recruitment plans well underway!
Thank you to Shine Bright for their latest progress update.
Over the past four years I have enjoyed getting to know Maiden Gully better. I have enjoyed speaking at the Lions Club Australia Day Breakfast celebrations and, as Deputy Mayor, speaking at your Community Carols and also launching the Maiden Gully Community Plan. Weather hasn’t been kind to us at that time of the year, but hopefully COVID-19 restrictions will see some celebration this year, even in a modified form.
I have attended many MGPA meetings, including during the development of your Community Plan and as the idea for a Maiden Gully Autumn Festival developed. I have been an active participant in planning for the Festival. It is a shame that the inaugural Festival was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Lets hope it can go ahead in 2021.
Firstly, I would like to introduce myself as a teacher in the fields of music and art. After completing a Bachelor of Visual Art in 2003 as a photojournalist, I have advocated for Social Justice and Human Rights. My work has been exhibited locally and internationally in mixed media formats of photojournalism, art, music, writing and public speaking over two decades.
My focus has been to highlight marginalised sectors of the community concerning drug and alcohol awareness, domestic violence advocacy and youth support projects. It has been this experience that has inspired me to become a freelance photojournalist and promote justice in the areas of mental illness and disability services. Post Graduate studies in law and social sciences led me to the completion of a creative led PhD project that promotes social and cultural awareness through art and theatre.
Vote 1 Rod Fyffe
Working with you for a better Maiden Gully and Bendigo.
Experienced. Committed. An Independent voice.
I will work hard with the community to:
* keep the bush character of Maiden Gully
* establish a community hub
* new and improved footpaths and walking tracks
* create opportunities for young people