Details remain incredibly sketchy, but it looks like my modest weatherboard may be spared from the Brumby government’s decision to clear-fell between 26 and 50 houses in Footscray to make way for a new rural rail corridor through Melbourne’s west.

It is still unclear what course the new track will take and when construction will begin, but residents in the area are slowly piecing together their own map and schedule for the project. It looks as though a stretch of houses along Buckley Street, which runs parallel to the existing line, will go. But it’s still unclear where my street, which connects Buckley Street to an overpass leading to central Footscray, fits into the plan.