Sunday 29 May 2011

Preserving Delta Street, a unique unsealed road in Boroondara with heritage values

Friends of Delta Street, a group formed recently to protect and preserve Delta Street in Surrey Hills, have advised that Boroondara Council plans to pave and widen the street.

For those that haven't visited Delta Street, it is one of the very few remaining "dirt roads" in the City of Boroondara.  The street runs adjacent to a portion of South Surrey Park.  It is narrow and unsealed and has a country lane ambience.    
Delta Street is living history. It is the LAST significant unsealed road in Boroondara.
Many local residents use the street as a walkway to access South Surrey Park.  It is pedestrian-friendly as there is very little vehicle traffic due to the street's narrow width and unsealed surface.
Some locals even take international visitors to see "the dirt road in Boroondara".
Council Officers have advised that are recommending that Delta Street be paved to solve drainage issues and reduce maintenance.
The limited community consultation, conducted with residents directly adjacent to Delta Street, resulted in a large majority of them indicating they want the unsealed surface retained.  
Friends of Delta Street have commissioned an engineer who has prepared an alternate plan that retains the country lane surface without widening the street. This plan also addresses Council and resident concerns about drainage and maintenance.
This flyer from Friends of Delta Street provides more information [link]
You might like to visit Delta Street and a have a look at what we all have to lose.
Boroondara Council will be voting on this matter on Monday June 20th 2011. 
You can also:
  • Complete the petition in the flyer and drop it into 34 Arundel Cres, Surrey Hills, 3127.
  • Let your concerns be known to ALL City of Boroondara Councillors.  Their email addresses are here.
  • Attend the meeting at the Council Chambers, 8 Inglesby Rd, Camberwell at 6PM on June 20th 2011.
  • To be kept up to date, email


Update 20 June 2011

Council voted to retain the unsealed surface and undertake works to fix drainage issues, with the situation to be reviewed in 12 months.  For: Cr Kevin Chow, Cr Dick Menting, Cr Phil Meggs, Cr Coral Ross.  Against: Cr Phillip Healey, Cr Brad Miles, Cr Jack Wegman.  Absent: Cr Nicholas Tragas, Cr Heinz Kreutz, Cr David Bloom.

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