Pedestrian Safe Neighbourhood Pilot

Consultation has concluded

In early 2019, we engaged with the community to hear ideas on what should be included in a new Pedestrian Safe Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan aimed to work towards an environment that encourages active and independent travel as well as protecting and enhancing neighbourhood amenity in a Study Area of Bentleigh East, between Deakin Street, Mackie Road, Centre Road and East Boundary Road.

A Community Reference Group worked with us to guide the project and develop a vision for the area. This vision was for Bentleigh East as 'a pedestrian friendly neighbourhood that prioritises families and children, creating a safe street environment for those who want to walk and ride'.

A draft Pedestrian Safe Neighbourhood Plan was then developed, with community feedback sought.

Over 2020, the Pedestrian Safe Neighbourhood Project went into a period of postponement as our community and Council responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In early 2021, a prioritisation review of strategic projects was undertaken by Council given the impact of the pandemic. This review has determined that this project will not be proceeding during this current Council term. Work done to date in the Pedestrian Safe Neighbourhood project won’t be wasted and we look forward to reengaging with the project in the future.

Thank you to all community members for your involvement in the project and for the valuable feedback shared.

In early 2019, we engaged with the community to hear ideas on what should be included in a new Pedestrian Safe Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan aimed to work towards an environment that encourages active and independent travel as well as protecting and enhancing neighbourhood amenity in a Study Area of Bentleigh East, between Deakin Street, Mackie Road, Centre Road and East Boundary Road.

A Community Reference Group worked with us to guide the project and develop a vision for the area. This vision was for Bentleigh East as 'a pedestrian friendly neighbourhood that prioritises families and children, creating a safe street environment for those who want to walk and ride'.

A draft Pedestrian Safe Neighbourhood Plan was then developed, with community feedback sought.

Over 2020, the Pedestrian Safe Neighbourhood Project went into a period of postponement as our community and Council responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In early 2021, a prioritisation review of strategic projects was undertaken by Council given the impact of the pandemic. This review has determined that this project will not be proceeding during this current Council term. Work done to date in the Pedestrian Safe Neighbourhood project won’t be wasted and we look forward to reengaging with the project in the future.

Thank you to all community members for your involvement in the project and for the valuable feedback shared.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Glen Eira City Council is calling on the community members of Bentleigh East to nominate to be part of our new Community Reference Group. 

    What is this Community Reference Group about?

    We understand that local passion and knowledge are essential to ensuring the best possible outcome for the local Bentleigh East community.

    We are looking to appoint a local Community Reference Group, consisting of approximately 10 local representatives appointed through expression of interest, to help guide the development of a Pedestrian Safe Neighbourhood Plan. 

    The group will meet twice in March and May 2019 to workshop to work towards the development of a Plan and provide local advice and recommendations to Council.

    We are looking for local representatives to help guide the new Masterplan by bringing specialist guidance around aspects such as parks, urban design, sustainability and social inclusion, and provide an authentic expression of the community’s hopes for the future of this part of Bentleigh East.

    Who are we looking for?

    We are seeking members, of all ages who:

    • Are passionate about Bentleigh East and its future.
    • Can help to represent a broad range of views that reflect the diversity of the community.
    • Are willing to contribute positively to activities and meetings.
    • Have an open mind and are willing to learn new things.
    • Bring a diversity of skills and passions to the table.

    We are particularly interested in community members who live or work close to the study area identified in the map on the right-hand side of this page.

    What specialist skills and passions would we like to see in the Community Reference Group?

    We know that an innovative and community-focused plan needs to be guided by local people – people who live and breathe Bentleigh East. However, we are hoping that the Community Reference Group can also bring a set of skills that can ensure we’re considering a variety of planning, design and community-focused topics.  These might include:

    • Urban design.
    • Community services such as childcare, social work and aged care.
    • Creative arts and culture.
    • Cultural heritage and history.
    • Education.
    • Technology.
    • Finance sector/economics.
    • Social justice.
    • Health.
    • Sustainability and the environment.
    • Sustainable transport.
    • Green spaces and landscape architecture, including parks, gardens.
    • Urban agriculture and food security.
    • Other skills you think would contribute to the plan.

    You may not actively work in these fields, but simply have a passion and energy for the topic that would help guide the development of the new plan.

    What engagement will be undertaken with the community?

    There are two phases of engagement with the community to inform the development of the new plan.

    Phase one of the engagement process (February-March 2019) will gather community ideas, concerns, initiatives and energy to help build a draft plan.During phase two (mid 2019), we will invite community feedback on the draft plan.

    What is the role of the Community Reference Group?

    This Community Reference Group will participate in two meetings to guide the development of the plan. Background reading documents may be supplied via an online forum as required, with activities and meetings anticipated to take place face-to-face, outside of normal business operating hours. Activities will either be held at Glen Eira Town Hall in Caulfield.  Further details are below:

    Meeting one

    Monday 25 March, 6.30pm

    Glen Eira Town Hall, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield

    Meeting two

    Wednesday 1 May, 6.30pm

    Glen Eira Town Hall, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield

    Expressions of interest close Monday 11 March 2019.

    To express your interest please complete the questions below.

    Consultation has concluded