Despite most staff and students working and studying from home at the moment, it’s still important to ensure our campuses are safe after dark for when campus life eventually starts to return to a ‘COVID normal’.
As part of La Trobe’s ongoing commitment to provide a safe environment for all students, staff and visitors, we’ve been improving lighting and pathways around the Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus over the last few years as part of our campus-wide pathways and lighting strategy.
Some recent and important safety improvements include:
- 164 new light poles installed in 2018 in the residential and Union precincts along Centre Way, College Drive and Moat Drive.
- 260 new lights were installed in 2019 in and around the Agora, the main teaching area pathways, the Sports Field Link and along Science Drive.
- New pedestrian pathway with lighting completed earlier this year which runs from the main campus to the La Trobe Sports Stadium and includes a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights on Kingsbury Drive.
Not only have these works helped to make our residential areas, carparks and central campus locations safer at night by identifying clear corridors of light, they also assist with wayfinding and make the campus easier to get around, whether that be on your way to and from classes, late-night study sessions in the library or as part of your lunchtime stroll!
The next step of this commitment has now kicked off with works commencing on a pathway and lighting on the west side of the campus.
The project includes:
- A well-lit pathway that will provide a safer means of travel for people who park in Car Parks 1 and 2, as well as linking up with the new pedestrian crossing to the Sports Park.
- LED lighting, security cameras and duress buttons along the pathway to help make the environment safer for everyone.
- A toilet block on the west side of the campus.
Once completed in March 2021, the pathway will also improve campus access for visitors to the Sports Park and the Kingsbury Drive Community Market.
Key safety projects like this, as well as essential maintenance projects, have been approved to progress during this period so that we can continue to make our campuses safe and operational.