Donnybrook issues outlined at meeting

Minister for Planning Sonya Kilkenny, left, and Member for Yan Yean Lauren Kathage, middle, met with Donnybrook Primary School principal David Williams and residents to discuss issues affecting the growing suburb. ​

Public transport improvements, enhancements to community facilities, and the role of developers and council were among key issues raised at a meeting between Donnybrook residents and state politicians last week.

Member for Yan Yean Lauren Kathage provided Donnybrook residents an opportunity to share their views with the Minister for Planning Sonya Kilkenny.

A roundtable discussion at Donnybrook Primary School a fortnight ago brought together school principal David Williams, community leaders and residents.

Ms Kathage and Ms Kilkenny detailed recent investments that would benefit Donnybrook residents once completed, including the installation of a mobile phone tower, the development of a new splash park in Kalkallo, the construction of a multipurpose community centre, the introduction of a new 501 Express bus service connecting Donnybrook to Craigieburn station, and an increase in Vlocity train services.

Ms Kathage said she would continue to advocate for the interests of Donnybrook and encouraged residents to contact her with any concerns or attend one of her mobile offices at Shared Cup cafe in Olivine Estate.

“It’s so important to me that government Ministers hear directly from local residents – making sure that our local concerns are factored into decision making,” she said.

“That’s what we have done here today. It was a productive meeting.”

Ms Kilkenny said more and more young families were calling Donnybrook home.

“It was great to meet some of them and to hear what they love about their local community and their aspirations for this fast-growing area,” she said.

The Donnybrook Road-Mitchell Street Improvement Project is currently underway with the slip lane scheduled to be open after two weeks of construction.

The project includes construction of a dedicated left-turn lane for southbound travel onto the Hume Freeway, as well as widening the Hume Freeway on-ramp and road resurfacing.

The intersection is temporarily closed in all directions, and people will have access to designated detour routes.