Monday, June 23, 2008

public transport in the east - summit

I'm the Yarra Ranges Councillor representative on the Eastern Transport Coalition (ETC), the ETC advocates for sustainable and integrated transport services in the Eastern region of Melbourne which focuses on the travel needs of the community and reduces the level of car dependency.

The ETC are holding a major public transport summit on the 4th of July to discuss what changes we need to accommodate for the increase in public transport patronage in our area, now and in the future.

The summit will feature keynote speaker Professor Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University. Professor Newman is a renowned West Australian academic and planner who is credited with coining the term ‘automobile dependence’ — an expression describing the creation of cities reliant on cars.

The Summit will also hear from Professor Graham Currie, Monash University Chair of Public Transport and Peter Daly, Chief Engineer from the RACV.

The Summit is an opportunity to highlight the Eastern Suburb's basic requirements of a transport plan for our region. If you're interested in improving public transport in Yarra Ranges you should come along and if you can't make it you can still send in your ideas (to:

There is no doubt that Yarra Ranges needs better public transport, the summit is our plan for the future.

Friday 4 July, 8:30am to 11am
Manningham City Council,
Doncaster Road, Doncaster

To RSVP to the summit by Friday 27 June contact Melissa Sparrow
e-mail: or phone 9298 8126

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