TheEngineer wrote:From what i have heard CUB are willing to give up their land. It is actually the other property owners along there that are resisting. From memory there are a couple of houses built on the rivers edge (which wouldn't be allowed these days). The other question is how would you build the path along there. The slope of the riverbank is very steep being the outside of a bend and Melbourne Water is notoriusly protective of 'their' river banks. Alot of that area is also reclaimed land so it would needed to be really engineered so it wouldn't subside or slip into the river. Not as simple as just building a path when it needs to be 3m wide which at the very least require retaining walls.
Both CUB & Melbourne Water were amiable from very on in the piece, the landowners at the end of Church Street have not been so amiable. Yes, there are about three houses along there with substantial grounds with pre-1854(?) titles to the middle of the river. The prime reasons behind the trail not continuing along the river banks are clearly mentioned above, basically the area is pretty much all back fill.
Also the cost - from memory it was $6m, estimated in 2003-04, to connect to Flockhart Reserve, and I think this amount didn't include buying land from the existing owners & Arts Victoria's section along Victoria Crescent. So an alternative plan was developed to bypass the steps - with a new bridge from the end of Clarke Street, Abbotsford, across the river into Andrews Reserve and then connecting the existing path on the Boroondara side & Collins Bridge.