Williams Landing railway station?

 
  PalmerEldritch Say goodnight to the bad guy

Location: Princes Park, Carlton
Found at: http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/laverton-air-base-the-newest-suburb/2007/02/28/1172338709347.html

Laverton air base the newest suburb
Cameron Houston
March 1, 2007

THE State Government has approved a $1 billion residential development on the former Laverton air base to house the western suburbs' booming population, despite warnings that urban sprawl will destroy the area's fragile ecology.

Melbourne's newest suburb, Williams Landing, will include a major retail and commercial precinct, sub-divisions for 2000 houses and 16 hectares of parks and sporting facilities.

Cedar Woods Properties state manager Nathan Blackburne said the project would capitalise on a surge in residential demand in Wyndham, near Werribee, which recorded Victoria's second-highest population growth according to Bureau of Statistics data released this week.

"The western suburbs has fantastic potential to handle Melbourne's rapid growth when you consider its infrastructure, proximity to the city and relative affordability," Mr Blackburne said.

Williams Landing will be serviced by the Princes Highway and linked to the existing Melbourne-Geelong train line by a new station.

Mr Blackburne said a conservation management plan would be implemented, which included the retention of three wildlife reserves that accounted for more than 20 per cent of the estate.

But Sarah Bekessy, author of an environmental report on Melbourne's urban fringe, slammed the Government's decision as an environmental disaster.

Dr Bekessy said Wyndham corridor was a sanctuary for some of the state's most endangered species — with more rare fauna than Kakadu. "Yet again, biodiversity loses out to big business," she said.

Jobs may also be a problem, with Victoria University's Pieter Nagel saying the sluggish industrial sector in the outer west was unlikely to provide enough employment growth.

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  Nexas The Ghost of George Stephenson

This would likely be the new Point Cook station.
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
Williams Landing?  At least it's more interesting than many of the new names going around.

Pity the bridge across the freeway isn't being extended fully to cross the railway at this time.  Seems they can move quickly to put in freeway ramps but building a station is another matter.

Will Point Cook station be at Palmers Rd?

If so could Aircraft get the flick?
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Pity the bridge across the freeway isn't being extended fully to cross the railway at this time.
"ZH836301"
They are putting in a set of abutment on the eastern side of the tracks though. It's not like they had any other option though - how else would they have held the huge pile of dirt back...

At least one good thing about this bridge is that they have left room between the abutments and the railway for at least one, and possibly two tracks on the eastern side. Vicroads built a bridge back in the early 2000s at the Geelong end of Werribee that was only 4 lanes wide - when the road got widened a year later they had to dig the embankment out to make it fit. Rolling Eyes
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
Smart cookies at Vicroads, eh.
  Mickelaar The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: At the layout, tinkering.
Williams Landing... East Werribee, nomatter what you call it.. still sounds like a ferral's dwelling. Other side of the freeway is much better living conditions, so hopefully the new estate may pick the area up a bit. God knows, it needs it.
  Metro Transit Minister for Railways

Location: Error.
Well i'm sure that will lower that track speed along that line for that section. And no guessing the new station will be related to Keilor Plains or Laburnum.
  E1109 Minister for Railways

Location: Bright sunny Darwin
Is this the old Aircraft station out the front of RAAF Williams (Laverton) base with the roundabout out the front?

I lived at RAAF Williams in 1991-2 when I went to the RAAF School of Radio & can remember the nightly processions of double & triple "T" class busting a gut through Aircraft station at all hours.

Is there much of the old Laverton base left or is the housing development on the old airfield where 1AD/AMS LAV/SUWIL used to be?
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
The development will take place upon the airfield - the base will remain.
  Metro Transit Minister for Railways

Location: Error.
Is this the old Aircraft station out the front of RAAF Williams (Laverton) base with the roundabout out the front?
"E1109"


Well it was last time i was there, although it could do with a rebuild and some more shelter further down along the platform.
  KingMaR Junior Train Controller

Location: Up in flames
Another station!

It already takes 48 minutes to get home ...   Sad

Either get rid of Aircraft, or don't build William's Landing.

Bad name, too. Prefer Point Cook.
  fcic0rscvgs0 Assistant Commissioner

Location: RMIT University
Found at: http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/laverton-air-base-the-newest-suburb/2007/02/28/1172338709347.html

Laverton air base the newest suburb
Cameron Houston
March 1, 2007

THE State Government has approved a $1 billion residential development on the former Laverton air base to house the western suburbs' booming population, despite warnings that urban sprawl will destroy the area's fragile ecology.

Melbourne's newest suburb, Williams Landing, will include a major retail and commercial precinct, sub-divisions for 2000 houses and 16 hectares of parks and sporting facilities.

Cedar Woods Properties state manager Nathan Blackburne said the project would capitalise on a surge in residential demand in Wyndham, near Werribee, which recorded Victoria's second-highest population growth according to Bureau of Statistics data released this week.

"The western suburbs has fantastic potential to handle Melbourne's rapid growth when you consider its infrastructure, proximity to the city and relative affordability," Mr Blackburne said.

Williams Landing will be serviced by the Princes Highway and linked to the existing Melbourne-Geelong train line by a new station.

Mr Blackburne said a conservation management plan would be implemented, which included the retention of three wildlife reserves that accounted for more than 20 per cent of the estate.

But Sarah Bekessy, author of an environmental report on Melbourne's urban fringe, slammed the Government's decision as an environmental disaster.

Dr Bekessy said Wyndham corridor was a sanctuary for some of the state's most endangered species — with more rare fauna than Kakadu. "Yet again, biodiversity loses out to big business," she said.


Jobs may also be a problem, with Victoria University's Pieter Nagel saying the sluggish industrial sector in the outer west was unlikely to provide enough employment growth.
"PalmerEldritch"


omg. Sarah Bekessy was my lecturer at RMIT last year. She is quite a smeg, mind.
  PalmerEldritch Say goodnight to the bad guy

Location: Princes Park, Carlton
omg. Sarah Bekessy was my lecturer at RMIT last year. She is quite a smeg, mind.
"fcic0rscvgs0"

I've had Sarah Bekessy for three different subjects over the last four years (including this year) of my time at RMIT, and I'm not sure where you get off calling her a smeg. She is a very smart woman for her age, and she is a keen and passionate advocate for environmental matters.

Society needs more people like her.
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
It already takes 48 minutes to get home ...   Sad

Either get rid of Aircraft, or don't build William's Landing.

Bad name, too. Prefer Point Cook.
"KingMaR"
Fortunately Williams Landing is only the name of the housing estate being built. The government has a history of naming station after the suburb (Marshall for example) so we still might get it called Point Cook. As the average person where 'Williams Landing' and they probably won't have a clue - to me it sounds like a small town in the upper reaches of the Yarra Valley. Point Cook at least sounds a bit seaside.

Well i'm sure that will lower that track speed along that line for that section.
"Metro Transit"
Well, my train yesterday morning had no trouble going through Werribee, Aircraft and Laverton at 130km/h. Oh wait - you wanted trains to stop there - then it will drive up times a bit. As long as they lay the curves out properly then high speed running won't be a problem.

IIRC there are some plans to close Aircraft when a Point Cook station opens. The current stations in Laverton are only a few hunred metres apart.
  trolleybusracer Deputy Commissioner

Location: St Albans Sydenham Watergardens Line
i reckon stopping place* sounds better than williams landing

*the stopping place station for siemens would be 100 meters UP Or DOWN the line depending on direction of travel  Razz
  KingMaR Junior Train Controller

Location: Up in flames
I'm very happy with Marshall, I have a station named after me. I hope.

Regarding Aircraft, last year it was resurfaced and had those plastic bubbly-things that stop you from pushing prams off the platform installed.

In other words, it's received an upgrade - I doubt the govt. would demolish it so soon after that.
  Hitachi_Man Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne.
Regarding Aircraft, last year it was resurfaced and had those plastic bubbly-things that stop you from pushing prams off the platform installed.
"KingMaR"
Tactiles have nothing to do with prams, they are for blind people.
  fcic0rscvgs0 Assistant Commissioner

Location: RMIT University
omg. Sarah Bekessy was my lecturer at RMIT last year. She is quite a smeg, mind.
"fcic0rscvgs0"

I've had Sarah Bekessy for three different subjects over the last four years (including this year) of my time at RMIT, and I'm not sure where you get off calling her a smeg. She is a very smart woman for her age, and she is a keen and passionate advocate for environmental matters.

Society needs more people like her.
"PalmerEldritch"


I rest my case.
  PalmerEldritch Say goodnight to the bad guy

Location: Princes Park, Carlton
omg. Sarah Bekessy was my lecturer at RMIT last year. She is quite a smeg, mind.
"fcic0rscvgs0"

I've had Sarah Bekessy for three different subjects over the last four years (including this year) of my time at RMIT, and I'm not sure where you get off calling her a smeg. She is a very smart woman for her age, and she is a keen and passionate advocate for environmental matters.

Society needs more people like her.
"PalmerEldritch"


I rest my case.
"fcic0rscvgs0"

You call her a smeg, and then you "rest your case".

A fine lawyer you would make.
  EvanC Chief Plonker

Location: Bayswater, Victoria
You call her a smeg, and then you "rest your case".

A fine lawyer you would make.
"PalmerEldritch"
Lionel Hutz: I rest my case.
Judge: You rest your case?
Hutz: What? Oh no, I thought that was just a figure of speech. Case closed.
  SeaholmeWanderer Junior Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale
I wonder if anyone has done some soil testing down towards the Northern end of the old runway the area used to be the RAAF tip and im led to believe many bits and pieces were burried there including the possibility of contaminated waste.

Was quite common knowlege at one time but thewn if you wait long enough people tend to forget.

Id be testing it if l was gonna move there.
It would pay to know where the exact site used to be before digging it up.
  PalmerEldritch Say goodnight to the bad guy

Location: Princes Park, Carlton
Found at: http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/story/37285

Ecology fears over Laverton
By Ann Marie Angebandt
7th March 2007

THE STATE Government has approved a $1-billion community that will bring up to 8,000 new residents and 5,000 jobs to Wyndham, despite claims that the area contains some of Australia’s rarest ecology.

The 275-hectare Williams Landing, to be built on the former Laverton RAAF base over 15 years, also means the likely end to Wyndham City Council’s plans for a freight rail route through the development to the industrial area of Truganina.

The council has reserved a land corridor north of the development for a freight rail line and an eventual “inland port” stretching to Brimbank.

Cr Leigh Barrett, said he was extremely disappointed that the rail route was now "dead in the water."

“If we don’t grasp these opportunities of getting more trucks off the road – and off the Westgate – when they’re before us; it’s a hell of lot more expensive down the track.”

Williams Landing will include about 2,000 houses, built in four neighborhoods, as well as a town centre with shops, entertainment and offices.

About 20 per cent, or 55 hectares, will be retained in three reserves to protect native vegetation.

The director of Western Region Environment Centre (WREC) Harry Van Moorst said the development would retain only pre-existing grassland reserves and wetland, which were included in the Federal Government’s contract of sale for the air base in 1999.

Cedar Woods Properties’ state manager, Nathan Blackburne, said he was satisfied the project achieved a balance of interests.

“This will be a benchmark residential development for a variety of Melbourne buyer-types,” he said.

Not everyone is so enthusiastic about the development. A local conservationist, Frances Overmars, said the area was a wonderful showcase of rare plant and animal species retained only by accident because of the base.

“It is terrible to think that industry and housing have won out,” she said.

Wyndham City Council’s mayor, Shane Bourke, said the project, although approved in general, would still be subject to public consultation.

“This is an exciting development we’ve been waiting a long time for,” he said. The project was originally designed to be strictly an employment hub and source of local jobs, with business parks and commercial offices.

Mr Blackburne said construction of Williams Landing – named for the Laverton Base founder, Air Marshall Richard Williams – was expected to begin by the end of the year, with the first residents moving in next year.

He said developers wanted to keep the air traffic control tower, and would use one runway as the basis for the suburb’s main north-south road.

Cedar Woods is also managing Banbury Village, a nine-hectare site in West Footscray.
  Metro Transit Minister for Railways

Location: Error.
well thats dissapointing, why cant the Government ever listen and make a sensible disision? What ever happened to all these planned suburbs up past Epping? Are they still going ahead or have they decided to heat west instead?
  connexwest Deputy Commissioner

Location: Waiting for the World's Biggest Divvy Van
If they ever create a Point Cook/Williams Landing station, the smart thing would be to remove Aircraft station. It's hardly ever used, most people continue to Laverton to get Zone 1 tickets, and the Aviation Road Shopping "Precient" is serviced by three bus routes- 413,414/416 and 415.
  Speed Minister for Railways

Apparently preliminary works started ahead of schedule, late last week.
Preliminary works have started on the new railway station and road overpass to service growing residential areas at Williams Landing, as part of the Brumby Labor Government’s major investment in transport infrastructure in the western suburbs.

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas and Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula were joined by Member for Altona Jill Hennessy to mark the start of works today on a vital project for residents in Point Cook and surrounding areas.

“The Brumby Labor Government supports sustainable population growth and is determined to link it with new job opportunities, better transport links and services for families,” Mr Pallas said.

“The Williams Landing Project provides a significant boost to Wyndham’s transport network, building on and supporting new residential communities at Point Cook and at Williams Landing, which is being developed on the site of the old RAAF Laverton Air Base.”

Mr Pakula said the new railway station was part of a $220 million Government investment into expanding rail services across Melbourne, with the initial works to pave the way for major works to start early next year.
http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/newsroom/12101.html

They don't say where the three Members met or what the nature of the works is. The use of the word "works" suggests civil engineering rather than paperwork. At least it started early.

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