What do the ANZAC Day Parade, the Spring Racing Carnival, the St Kilda Festival, Moomba, the Grand Prix, AFL games and the Boxing Day Test have in common?
All are coordinated by Citywide’s Traffic Management and Events Team.
Working alongside event managers, statutory authorities and Councils, this group of unsung heroes has ensured events and projects of all sizes not only run efficiently and effectively but that passing motorists and those in attendance remain safe and out of harm’s way.
Danielle Hauser, Citywide’s Traffic Management Coordinator, commenting on her team’s ability to support some of Melbourne’s more high profile events said, “Events that expect crowds of thousands upon thousands can no doubt prove to be a logistical nightmare for organisers. For us, experience has demonstrated that an event’s success comes down to its planning and development - a process that can take anywhere between a couple of weeks to a number of months to complete.”
In this time, Danielle and her team develop traffic management plans, attain traffic control permits, assign necessary resources, develop communication channels and issue all relevant parties with traffic control guidelines and procedures.
For a traffic engineer, the day of an event or civil works project can be chaotic and a rather long winded affair. Often the first to arrive and the last to leave, anywhere between 10 and 30 Citywide employees can be enlisted to provide assistance throughout the course of any given event or project.
Our crews are responsible for manning road closures, allowing traffic in and out of certain roads and streets, slowing down or stopping traffic and providing logistical support or aid - crowd control fencing, water filled barriers, speciality signs and communicating with officials,” said Danielle.
The next major event on Melbourne’s 2011 Events Calender is the Spring Racing carnival. With more than 120,000 people expected to attend each of the main racing days, Danielle and her team are once again looking forward to supporting and contributing to one of Australia’s most glamorous events.