The current Linking Melbourne Authority proposal will have a devastating effect on Parkville. Flyovers from the project will split the suburb into 3 pieces, isolating residences and scarring the landscape. The Better alternative saves the West Parkville community from this dislocation and urban vandalism. 55 homes will be saved and the community sporting fields and open space (Ross Straw Field) will be retained.
In a revitalised Arden Macaulay precinct, new community facilities could be integrated seamlessly into the area. A retail precinct could be built below and around the tunnel entrance viaduct to best utilize the space and provide a physical barrier to more sensitive uses. A new community centre would be created within the heritage Victorian Producers warehouse, restoring the building and providing a focal point for the community.
A new secondary school could also be located within the precinct on the corner of Boundary Road and Macaulay Road. This school would be located adjacent to the indoor sports centre which would be available for community use outside school hours.
The alternative is also better for non for profit community organisations such as the Elderly Chinese Home in Parkville and the new $8 Million Seeing Eye Dog Centre in Kensington. The Seeing Eye Dogs Centre may need complete demolition under the current Linking Melbourne Authority proposal.