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Upgrade for Bridgepoint pedestrian bridge

Posted Wednesday 28 March 2012
  • This notice supersedes previous notices as the proposed VPA has been amended and the exhibition period has recommenced. Details on the Community Consultation page.

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Council has authorised the General Manager to approve an upgrade to the bridge and clock tower including third party advertising subject to the community receiving income that could be used for public benefit purposes.

The bridge is constructed in airspace leased by Council to the owners of Bridgepoint until 2038 and in agreeing to the signs being erected the (then) RTA authorised the work subject to Council entering into what is known as a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA).

A draft VPA has now been negotiated which returns to the Council in its first year $426,218 which will be increased annually by the CPI returning to Council over $8 million over the 15 year life of the agreement. The agreement provides that the money is to be invested in public domain commercial infrastructure improvements, parking technology to ensure turnover and availability in our free commercial carparks, and road and footpath infrastructure.

Advertising on the panels will be strictly controlled and for safety reasons will be static not digital. Council’s professional advisors and the RTA have assessed the signage location and design as being suitable from a viewpoint of road safety, importantly with the RTA issuing concurrence for the application on a classified road.

Residents are invited to make comment on the Draft VPA until Thursday 26 April 2012 and further information may be obtained from Council’s Manager Governance, Tony Fitzpatrick on 9978 4010.