‘Glass’ road complete

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Yarra Ranges Council has combined new road surfacing and murals to highlight the importance of reducing waste.

In December, a project began to improve the road surface in Blacksmiths Way, Belgrave resurfacing the pavement and adding a coloured surface that resembles water.

Johanna Skelton, Yarra Ranges Deputy Mayor said the project accompanied other public artwork in the area, to highlight the importance of protecting the environment.

“All of our public drains eventually run out to waterways, providing drainage for our towns and helping to prevent flooding,” Cr Skelton said.

“Over many years, vouncil and other organisations have been working to highlight the importance of reducing waste, putting your rubbish and recyclables in the bin – if you litter, that litter will end up in our waterways, risking the wellbeing of plants and animals in the Dandenongs and further downstream.

“The new surface in Blacksmiths Way accompanies a nearby platypus mural as a reminder that our actions can directly help – or harm – native wildlife like local platypuses.”

The skid-resistant coloured road surface is made from 100 per cent recycled glass, combined with a resin binder used in bicycle lanes. The glass used was sourced from Victoria, made from windscreens, plate glass and particular types of bottles.

The resurfacing project was partially funded by the Victorian Government through Sustainability Victoria’s Sustainable Infrastructure Fund – an initiative that supports local governments to use recycled materials in infrastructure projects.

“This glass surface is a great step in improving Belgrave’s town centre and I know we are all keen to see more,” Cr Skelton said.

Last year, council asked the community to share issues and opportunities that exist in Blacksmiths Way. A number of ideas were raised, including improvements to bin storage, opportunities for lighting, seating and bins, water-sensitive urban design, planting and activation of the space.

Council will develop a Draft Landscape Master Plan in the coming months.

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