Columns
Residents' Association Image

Residents' Association

Residents’ Association never sleeps
Read more >>

Business in Southbank Image

Business in Southbank

Dine Pink at Southgate!
Read more >>

St Johns Southgate Image

St Johns Southgate

St Johns Southgate 2017 Art Prize
Read more >>

Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

The times they are a-changin’
Read more >>

Federal Politics Image

Federal Politics

Terror we can avoid
Read more >>

We Live Here Image

We Live Here

A look back at what's been happening
Read more >>

Southbanker Image

Southbanker

Running for life
Read more >>

History Image

History

Southbank was radio-active!
Read more >>

Yarra River Business Association Image

Yarra River Business Association

Looking for the reset button for river businesses
Read more >>

Skypad Living Image

Skypad Living

Litter from the heavens
Read more >>

Councillor Profile Image

Councillor Profile

The making of a lord mayor
Read more >>

Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

Rocket to the city
Read more >>

Southbank Fashion Image

Southbank Fashion

Spring racing in Southbank
Read more >>

Street Smarts Image

Street Smarts

Power Street – Southbank
Read more >>

Letters Image

Letters

In support of low-rise
Read more >>

Letters

11 Aug 2016

Whiteman St issues

Thank you for your coverage of the problems caused by the works to Tram Stop 125 on Whiteman St.

Like all Whiteman St residents, I am fed up to my back teeth with the problems caused by the removal of 25 car parks and subsequent worsening of the floods on our street.

The failure to install the promised green space (until your paper championed it) also rankles, as do third-rate engineering non-solutions, the financial wastage and utter disregard shown to local residents.

We didn’t ask for these changes and we didn’t need or want them. It’s great for the restaurant trams, not so good for the thousands of locals who have to wade through water to get to our homes.  

The results of removing car parks, drains and banking-up half the road in an already problematic area could have been foreseen by an eight year old.  And it beggars belief that the council would wait until the winter rains hit before attempting to rectify problem – particularly since residents alerted them to the flooding in February.

The most recent drainage works cover less than half the newly-created banked-up area, are clearly inadequate and have done nothing to remove the semi-permanent pool of water created at the southern end of the tram stop caused by blocking access to functioning drains.

Inexplicably, last week’s garden installation forced more than 200 residents to walk 100 metres around/through this morass of stagnant water rather than use the tram-stop entryway located directly opposite our building doors. Yet another example of their inability to consider the needs of locals ... or successfully plant a nature strip.  

To top it off, it’s painfully obvious that the new drainage works with their tiny run of narrow-circumference plastic tubing will not halt the flooding, or even restore the situation to the pre-works status.  

Anyway, thank-you for reporting on the flooding and continuing to assist residents in our efforts to rectify the problems worsened by Yarra Trams and Melbourne City Council.  It’s great to have a paper that champions local issues. Please keep up the good work.

Michael Ratcliff

Stay in touch with Southbank. Subscribe to FREE monthly e-Newspaper.

You must be registered with Southbank Local News to be able to post comments.
To register, please click here.