Bayside locals are encouraged to experience 5 heritage-inspired interactive postcards now on display at Mentone Station's heritage deck, which have been installed by our team.
Each of the large postcards brings to life key historical moments from the area including the creation of the Mentone Cricket Club in the 1880s and the formation of the Mentone Life Saving Club in the 1920s.
Local landmarks are also celebrated such as the former Mentone Racecourse, the original Mentone Railway Station and the former coffee palace, now Kilbreda College.
Scanning the postcards’ unique QR codes reveals further historical details, as well as fictional letters which capture the mood, challenges and concerns experienced by former Mentone residents.
The heritage deck is part of the former heritage-listed Mentone Station from the 1880s which was preserved as part of works to build a new Mentone Station and remove the dangerous and congested level crossing at Balcombe Road in 2020. The project also included the new Cheltenham Station and the removal of 2 level crossings at nearby Park and Charman Roads in Cheltenham.
We are continuing to work with the City of Kingston and VicTrack to repurpose the former station buildings and in the meantime, we hope the community enjoys the new artworks.
Close by, another 2 level crossings will be removed by 2025 at Warrigal Road in Mentone and Parkers Road in Parkdale, with the creation of a new Parkdale Station.
The Victorian Government is investing more than $4 billion dollars in the Frankston Line to remove a total of 20 dangerous and congested level crossings and build 13 new stations by 2025, with a total of 85 level crossings being removed across Melbourne.