THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP
Federal Member for Kooyong
Treasurer of Australia
8 April 2021
$5 MILLION PROJECT TO IMPROVE SAFETY & SECURITY ALONG YARRA BOULEVARD
The Morrison Government is delivering on its $5 million commitment to improve safety and security along the Yarra Boulevard in Kew.
Following extensive consultation with Boroondara Council, the Victorian Government and the local community, the project will commence mid year and is scheduled to be completed by early 2022.
Our community will benefit from safety improvements at key intersections along the Boulevard including:
- new raised safety platforms at Wiltshire Drive, Bellbird Road, Molesworth Street, Yarravale
Road, Boathouse Road and Walmer Street
- a new raised intersection at Yarra Street
- reconfiguring the Studley Park off‐ramp intersection (top and bottom)
Other work includes enhanced street lighting, line marking and signage at each of the key intersections, as well as providing a physical median at some intersections to complement the raised safety platforms.
Improvements to pedestrian facilities at several strategic locations will make local streets and walking trails along Yarra Boulevard safer and easier to access.
In addition to the CCTV camera overlooking the Eastern Freeway Bridge, a second CCTV camera will be installed near the Studley Park off‐ramp to assist Victoria Police in monitoring road safety and compliance with road rules.
For many years, Kooyong residents have raised serious concerns about the need to improve the safety of the Yarra Boulevard, which has been the scene of numerous crashes in recent years, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. After advocating for this priority funding and working with local residents and the Yarra Boulevard Action Group, I welcome this announcement by Vic Roads and look forward to its completion.
This funding serves as a reminder that the safety of Australians is a priority of the Morrison Government. We are investing around $4 billion through the Urban Congestion Fund, with Victoria
receiving $396 million to reduce congestion in urban areas, ensuring that people can get home to their families sooner and safer.
You can view the full map of the Yarra Boulevard Intersection improvements at https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/planning‐and‐projects/melbourne‐road‐projects/yarra‐boulevardsafety‐ improvements.