The Victorian Government is investing $50 million to revitalise the bayside suburb of Carrum, extending McLeod Road all the way to the beach and creating new open space for the community to enjoy all year round.
The upgrade, made possible by the level crossing removal works, will build a brand new beach promenade, and create new parkland and picnic areas close to the bay.
Premier, Daniel Andrews, said, “We’re getting on with revitalising Carrum – transforming this bayside community into a modern, vibrant, well-connected suburb for everyone to enjoy.
“This is a huge win for the local community. We’re not only getting rid of dangerous and congested level crossings – we’re creating new open space, parkland and picnic areas just a stone’s throw from the beach.”
Beyond the promenade, Carrum village will be transformed when the existing train storage facility is relocated to a site near Kananook Station, creating even more landscaped open space around the new Carrum Station.
During community engagement over the past year, many local residents asked the Level Crossing Removal Authority to look at ways to improve beach access and car parking in the area.
Consultation will continue with further opportunities for local residents to provide their feedback about the beach promenade design.
A Community Revitalisation Reference Group led by specialist urban designers will also be established to work with the winning contractor to transform the community’s ideas into reality.
To make way for the new promenade – which will run between the Nepean Highway and Carrum beach – five properties will need to be acquired on the Nepean Highway.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority will work closely with all affected properties to assist them through the acquisition process.