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No word yet on civic centre plans By Cam Lucadou-Wells Casey Council is yet to announce future plans for its soon to be demolished civic centre and library in Narre Warren. The council and library are set to relocate to the $125 million Bunjil Place in October, with the vacated buildings demolished next year. Mayor Sam Aziz said the circa1970s buildings were in “poor condition”. “Both the civic centre and library buildings have outlived their usefulness,” he said. “It’s simply not practical or eco-

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nomically viable to invest a significant amount of ratepayers’ money to bring them up to a standard suitable for any tenant.” Cr Aziz said no decision had been made on the future of the demolition site. In the short term, part of the area will be a 75-space car park and a linking park between Bunjil Place and the Westfield shopping centre. “Our preference for the site (is) to remain in council hands. “To recognise the potential of the existing council office and library site, council is working towards a plan to build off the success of Bunjil Place and

provide maximum value to council and the community.” Cr Aziz said the council was planning for the Narre Warren and Fountain Gate precinct to be the “premier CBD of the South-East”. “With a catchment of 355,000 people, the area is a regional shopping, entertainment, employment and community destination with Bunjil Place and Casey ARC at its heart. “The community will have opportunities to have its say about the site in the future through the planning process.” Demolition works will start in early 2018.

Four of the best (roads) Four of the busiest roads in Cranbourne will receive a safety boost for pedestrians and cyclists. Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera announced safety improvements at key local roads to reduce the risk of people getting hit while crossing the road, with works to start next July. Traffic signals with push buttons, pedestrian lanterns and lines will be installed at Cranbourne-Frankston Road near Lurline Street, Cranbourne, Thompsons Road west of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne and the South Gippsland Highway near Waverley Park Drive, Cranbourne North. The $2.5 million investment for the project comes from the state government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution program, which funds key projects in Melbourne’s growing outer suburbs. “Thousands of vehicles use South

Gippsland Highway and CranbourneFrankston Road every day, which is why we’re installing these new crossings - to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road,” Mr Perera said. “We’re investing to keep people safe in our growing South-East whether they are getting around on bikes or on foot,” he said. All of the crossings are close to schools, shopping centres or sporting venues, and are well used by pedestrians and cyclists. The intersection at South Gippsland Highway near Station Street in Cranbourne will also have its pedestrian operated signals upgraded, which is expected to be completed mid-2019. The new improved crossings will also encourage residents to get around Cranbourne on bike and on foot, and provide better access to bus stops and train stations in the South-East.

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