Council recognises the importance of laneways in the community to connect people and provide access to community facilities such as parks, shops, schools and sporting venues.
In early 2019, Council began trialling treatments in various laneways across three Palmerston suburbs to assess if the measures taken will help discourage anti-social behaviour in these areas. Spatial mapping was used to identify the laneways most suitable for the trial as well as a combination of lighting assessments, police reports, resident feedback and site inspections.
Following community consultations, treatments are currently being trialled at the following locations.
Laneways with temporary night-time closures are in place between the hours of no earlier than 9.00pm and no later than 6.30am.
|1.Manson Court to Bonson Terrace, Moulden||Lighting upgrade|
|2. Bonson Terrace to Staghorn Court, Moulden||Lighting upgrade and temporary full-time closure|
|3. Staghorn Court to Gumnut Way, Moulden||Lighting upgrade with motion sensor and motorbike treatment plus temporary full-time closure|
|4. Staghorn Court to Livistona Park, Moulden||Lighting upgrade with motion sensor plus temporary full-time closure|
|5. Gumnut Way to Livistona Park, Moulden||Lighting upgrade with motion sensor plus temporary full-time closure|
|6. Livistona Park to Melastoma Drive, Moulden||Lighting upgrade with motion sensor and motorbike treatment plus temporary full-time closure|
|7. Politis Court to Strawbridge Park, Moulden||Temporary full-time closure|
|8. Politis Court to Strawbridge Crescent, Moulden||Temporary full-time closure|
|9. Priest Circuit to Phineaus Court, Gray||Lighting upgrade|
|10. Priest Circuit to Emery Avenue, Gray||Lighting upgrade with motion sensor plus temporary night-time closure|
|11. Helio Court to Sibbald Park, Woodroffe||Temporary night-time closure|
|12. Altair Court to Capella Court, Woodroffe||Temporary night-time closure|
Stage 1: (Feb-March 2019) Council spoke to residents to gather feedback on how people use the laneways before trial treatments were put in place.
Stage 2: (August 2019) Trial treatments were in place for approximately three months. Council sought to collect feedback to help evaluate the impact of the treatments. This feedback was considered in conjunction with data from police and pedestrian counters to help inform how Council will proceed with future laneway treatments.
Stage 3: (October and November 2019) Council continued to trial laneway treatments including temporary night-time and full-time closures, which were implemented from the end of November 2020.
February-March 2020: With the measures implemented and soon to be reviewed by Council, further community feedback was sought to assist in this process. Those who lived nearby or used one of the laneways included in the trial, were encouraged to provide feedback in writing or at a community meeting, held on Thursday 5 March.
Future Laneways: Residents are still able to provide feedback about implementing a trial in another series of laneways. To provide nominate a laneway for a future trial go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/laneways3futuretrial
Following the community consultation, an information report on the consultation and feedback will be presented at the Council Meeting on Tuesday 17 March, with recommendations of future treatments to be considered by Council in April.
If you would like to discuss the consultation or have any other questions relating to the trial, please contact Council by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (08) 8935 9922.