If change is a given, then change and its ramifications are a way of life in the western suburbs.
For years now, or so it seem, one or more of the streets surrounding our Yarraville home have been in the process of being worked upon.
In the greater west and in a broader sense, the issues of change are the very substance of much of my weekly, regular newspapering gig, be they concerned with politics and culture or economics and infrastructure.
Transport, be it rail or road, is a particularly knotty and sensitive subject.
But for all the growth and upheaval in the west, there is no change going on quite like what is in the process of happening in hitherto sleepy Werribee South.
There, a project involving more than 100 apartments and an “integrated retail precinct” is rapidly taking shape.
You can see the developer’s website here.
From all that I’ve read, no one seems at all sure what sort of impact this is going to have on Werribee South.
Added to the mix is the surprising news – well, surprising to me anyway – that plans for a Werribee South-to-Melbourne ferry service seem to be gaining very real traction.
The traffic generated by 100 apartments, their residents and service vehicles is one thing.
Throwing in the daily comings and goings of 3000 ferry commuters is quite another.
The main routes into Werribee South – Duncans and Diggers roads – are fine two-lane thoroughfares for much of their lengths, even if they are invariably stained dirt brown by market-gardening activity.
But in places, both roads take on a distinctly backwoods feel, with potholes, bumps and dodgy edging to the fore.
As for the food portion of the development’s retail precinct, my expectations are at zero.
“Franchise” and “generic” are terms that spring readily to mind.
Not that we’ve got anything against that particular coffee shop chain.
Indeed, I’ve been told that company behind it is also behind this place, which we like just fine.
But I’ll not be holding my breath hoping that Wyndham Harbour bucks the trend of greater Melbourne generally doing a lousy job of seaside eats.