eastern Melbourne Councils have voted to put the pressure on Federal candidate
to support public transport spending in the lead up to the September 7 election.
Dandenong, Knox, Manningham, Monash, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges
Councils have all either endorsed motions at their meetings or have publicly
proclaimed the need for the Federal Government to commit to spending on major
metropolitan public transport projects, including urban rail.
councils, all members of the Eastern Transport Coalition, are asking for an
ongoing commitment of funding at a federal level and raising their concerns
about Liberal leader Tony Abbot’s statement in April that the
commonwealth government had "no history of funding urban rail”.
ETC chairperson, Cr Samantha Dunn said inadequate public transport was a
critical issue for residents in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs who have waited
decades for projects like rail to Rowville and Doncaster.
“The time has come for the community to vote and candidates in this
federal election need to make their position on public transport funding clear,”
Cr Dunn said.
“The ETC supported the Victorian
Government’s plan for expanding and improving the rail network but we want it
delivered quicker than the 15 years stated in the PTV Network
“Residents in the eastern suburbs can’t wait until 2028 for the missing
links in Melbourne’s public transport infrastructure to be delivered.”
Cr Dunn said while councils would be making their views known to local
candidate, residents could also make their voices heard by using the hash tag #commuterscount on Twitter and liking the
ETC’s Commuters County Facebook page.
“We want to see photos and comments so the candidates can see the
problems first hand,” Cr Dunn said.
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