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10 November 2017
Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria (PTV) wish to update
you on the new tram power substation on Stott Street, opposite Kemp
Street, in Thornbury.
We are pleased to advise that Aboriginal artist Yamba Ross has
been engaged to complete the architectural treatment mural on the
Yamba has successfully completed other similar large scale mural
projects, including locally at the Preston Library and on a private
residence on the corner of Christmas and Wales Street,
Yamba is pictured with some of his work to give an indication of
the proposed finish of the substation mural. The design on
the left is proposed for the east and south facing walls and the
design on the right is proposed for the north and west facing
walls. Darebin Council has been consulted regarding the proposed
design and is supportive of the concept.
In addition to the substation mural, native landscaping within
the substation site will occur, along with the removal of the
current fence replaced with a low bollard-style perimeter
Preparatory work for the application of the mural is expected to
commence the week of Monday 30 October 2017. The
mural artwork will commence following this preparatory work and is
expected to be completeby end November 2017.
Work will predominately occur on weekdays from 8am - 6pm, with
some work time on weekends, and Saturday 8am - 1pm. No work will be
undertaken at night.
This time includes contingency for inclement weather.
During this time, the community will see activity on site with
Yamba undertaking his work. There will be some minor noise from
occasional use of hand tools, such as dryers, and the incremental
movement of temporary supports which he will use to stand on whilst
Yamba will be mindful of keeping noise to a minimum and
respecting the local community.
Worker amenities, storage for equipment and temporary site
fencing will be also mobilised to site.
Members of the community are welcome to come and watch him
working but must remain behind the fencing at all times.
In November 2015 a temporary mitigation solution was installed
to minimise noise impacts from the substation air-conditioner
units. This temporary mitigation has now been replaced with a
permanent solution deemed necessary to reduce noise levels from the
air conditioning units. The installation of this permanent solution
has also allowed the mural treatment to proceed.
As you may be aware, PTV and Yarra Trams have built a new power
substation on Stott Street, opposite Kemp St, in Thornbury. This
location was been strategically chosen to provide power to nearby
tram Route 11.
In late 2015, Yarra Trams received notification from its
contractor, Siemens Zinfra, that the cement sheeting used in the
flooring of their substation contained asbestos material. The
material is isolated within the substation and access to this site
has always been restricted to authorised personnel only.
The safety of the community and our employees is our priority
and we have been working closely with WorkSafe to implement all
necessary steps to ensure safety on site.
Based on expert advice received fromGreencap (a National
Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited organisation)
we would like to assure you that the risk of exposure to the
community is negligible.
In accordance with advice from WorkSafe, Siemens Zinfra carried
out a 'clean and seal' within the substation on 17 Feburary
Siemens Zinfra is now preparing to remove the substation floor
in order to remove the asbestos from the site.
This work will involve:
Following this activity, testing and commissioning will take
place inside the substation building.
This remediation work is expected to commence on 5
December 2017 and be completed by 21 March
2018. Work will be predominately carried out each
weekday from 7am - 5.30pm.
During this time residents can expect to hear some
construction-related noise. Our workers will be mindful of keeping
noise to a minimum and respecting the needs of the local
Upgrading tram power is an important part of modernising
Melbourne's tram network. This substation at Thornbury will provide
power to nearby Route 11. Upgrades to substations will deliver a
more reliable power supply to support high capacity trams as they
are introduced across the network.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this
important upgrade work. For more information on this essential
upgrade or if you wish to provide feedback, please call 1800 800
007 or email email@example.com
Network Upgrade - Thornbury substation update notification letter
Nov 2017 (475KB)
Network Upgrade - Thornbury substation update notifiication letter
Oct 2017 (465KB)
Tram Network Upgrade - Thornbury substation update notification
letter (PDF, 295KB)